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FINAL

A critical win for Indiana tonight over a very good Evansville squad, snapping a three-game losing streak. Indiana starts what it hopes will be a season-ending win streak that will propel the Hoosiers into the NCAA Tournament. HOOSIERS 2, ACES 0

SECOND HALF

9:07: Matt Wiet’s throw-in skips across the box and into the net to extend the Indiana lead. HOOSIERS 2, ACES 0

22:09: The scoreless streak ends at nearly 345 minutes as Lee Hagedorn gets the job done, dribbling to the middle of the field, then cutting back and launching a shot from the top of the box that beats the keeper to the lower right corner. HOOSIERS 1, ACES 0

28:00: We’re no closer to determining a winner than when we started. Evansville had a near-miss on a throw-in, IU missed a chance for Will Bruin off a cross by Daniel Kelly early in the half. Nick Blevins and Matt Wiet are in for Kevin Bick and Rich Balchan, who was shaken up a few minutes ago. HOOSIERS 0, ACES 0

HALFTIME

Evansville evens up the shots a bit before half with the most dangerous chance a header off a corner blocked away by Indiana’s Ofori Sarkodie. The Hoosiers have not scored in 322 minutes now, and have just two goals in the first half this season. HOOSIERS 0, ACES 0

FIRST HALF

15:00: Darren Yeagle enters the game for the first time with 15 minutes to go, replacing Lee Hagedorn. Hoosiers have five shots to Evansville’s one, but just the one real good chance on an Adlard free kick in front of goal that was blocked away by the Aces’ keeper. HOOSIERS 0, ACES 0

30:00: Fifteen minutes in and nothing much happening. Each team has hit a header off a free kick. Evansville has probably had the better run of play so far. The Hoosiers are closing in on 300 minutes without a goal.

PREGAME

I’m at Armstrong Stadium tonight as the Hoosiers began a season-ending three-game homestand against Evansville. Indiana has lost three in a row to fall to 7-7-1, and every game from here on is almost a must-win.

A few lineup changes for IU. Nemanja Kostic will get the start in goal, while Kevin Bick joins the fray in midfield. Stay tuned and see what happens, or follow me on Twitter.


Lynch takes vote of confidence in stride

Indiana football coach Bill Lynch took athletics director Fred Glass’s public vote of confidence in stride, at least to reporters after Wednesday’s practice.

“Obviously, I really appreciate his support,” Lynch said. “I am excited, because I think we got a great future here. I’ve really enjoyed working with Fred and his staff over these last so many months. I really do appreciate the support. We got some really good things going and looking forward to the future.”

Lynch, who has two years remaining after this season on a four-year deal he signed after serving as the interim coach for the 2007 season, said he and Glass had talked some about it on Tuesday.

The two have weekly meetings, which Lynch characterized as productive.

“It’s great,” Lynch said. “He travels with us and he’s with us. … We’ve developed a really good relationship that I’ve really enjoyed.”

But there has been no talk of a contract extension, which could definitely give Lynch increased job security and could potentially also help him on the recruiting trail.

Glass said before the season started that there had been no talk of a contract extension.

“That isn’t important at this point,” Lynch said. “We’ve had really good discussions about the football program. Like I said to start with, I really appreciate the support he has shown and gives us great direction.”


Leave it to Dickie V

Dick Vitale, the (occasionally grating) voice of college basketball, has reported that Bob Knight won’t attend his induction into the athletics Hall of Fame next week. He reported this via Twitter. No, Twitter has not devised a way to make Vitale’s tweets louder and more exuberant than all other tweets combined.

Here’s the series of tweets, made earlier today:

just spoke to Bob Knight and my feeling is Indiana should honor Knight with a special evening for all he achieved with the Hoosiers.

Bob Knight will not take a dime from the boosters for what he felt was an injustice involving the suit with ex asst Ron Felling.

Just found out bob knight will not be going to Hoosier HoF.

*I feel as though I should point out here that Vitale’s preceding two tweets were as follows:

Tired of Kate Hudson getting credit for Arod’s success. How about talent? His ex Cynthia is a real LADY!

I prefer her Mom Goldie&Kurt. Favorites of my wife also.

Anyway. There’s confirmation. My guess is that Knight yelled this over his cubicle wall at ESPN’s underground headquarters for Super Star Analysts to Vitale in between scoops of Beefaroni. Yeah, that kind you put right in the microwave. So clutch when you need a quick at-your-desk lunch. As long as you don’t desire flavor.

For what it’s worth, Fred Glass told me this morning that he recently wrote a note to Bob Knight saying that the invitation to the induction was an open one. It said, in essence, that Knight need not RSVP. He could show up next Friday and IU would be able to accomodate him.

Steve Downing, the former Knight player who is currently working in the Texas Tech athletic department, has told IU that he will attend the ceremony. So there’s that.


Glass: “Of course he’ll be back.”

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said this morning that he’ll honor the final two years of head football coach Bill Lynch’s contract.

“As I said last November, I think contracts need to mean something at Indiana again,” he said. “But beyond the pure letter of what we agreed on, I think coach Lynch has done a good job and will continue to be successful at Indiana beyond the length of his current contract.”

Glass said he had not discussed an extension with Lynch. It can be difficult for football coaches to recruit if they have only a few years remaining on their contracts. Players want to be assured of stability.

“I think that’s a fair question, but I don’t really want to get into speculation or ‘what-ifs’,” Glass said. “That’s really a personnel issue that I have to discuss with all of our coaches.”

A lawyer and civic leader before taking over IU’s athletic department in January, Glass has said that he would measure Lynch on progress and not win-loss record. He has been pleased with the year.

“It’s been an up and down year,” he said. “I think early in the year they improved game-to-game. The Virginia game was not good, and the question became whether that was indicative of where the program was going. We found out against Illinois that it wasn’t, because the team had its best performance of the year.”

Glass disagrees with those who have been critical of the coaching staff for the 29-28 loss at Northwestern over the weekend.

“They were a unique matchup for us, and I don’t agree with those who put it solely on the doorstep of the coaches,” he said. “There was good and bad in all three phases of the game, and ultimately the bad lingered a bit longer. But I didn’t see it as the coaching staff getting too conservative or going into a deep freeze or anything like that. It’s legitimate and fun to look at it that way, but ultimately not a round vision of what occurred.

“Sports Illustrated picked us to win two games. We’re 4-4. I’m a big fan of saying that you are what you are. And we are. We’re 4-4. But we’re two plays away from being 6-2. Last year we got shellacked by Purdue in one of the worst Bucket games ever. This year, you can see the improvement. The student and fan support has increased, partly due to what we’ve done to make the atmosphere better. But also because the team has had such solid performances. The fans appreciate that.”


Glass guarantees Lynch’s last two years

Indiana athletics director Fred Glass said this morning that football coach Bill Lynch will finish out his contract, the Indiana Daily Student’s Sean Morrison is reporting.

“I think contracts need to mean something again at Indiana University,” Glass said. “He’s in the second year of a four-year contract … I hope that and really think that coach Lynch will be very successful.”

At Big Ten Media Days in Chicago in July, Glass replied with a quick “No” when I asked if a contract extension had been discussed for Lynch.

I suspect we’ll have more on this later.


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[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]8460James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]6610Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]5720Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]5240Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]4870Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]4670Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]4490Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]4870Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]4190Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]4210Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]4640Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
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Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]5790Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]7990Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]6720Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]5230Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]4960Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]5000Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]4540Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]4130Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
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