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Don Fischer opened Tom Crean’s radio show on Monday by lobbing the Indiana coach something of a softball. Indiana’s play-by-play man (and after the arrest of Todd Leary, it’s one man booth) pointed out that the Hoosiers did some things well in Sunday’s loss to Northwestern. They kept the turnovers down, rebounded well and knocked down free throws.
But Crean realized he wasn’t in position to look on the bright side.
“When you’re losing and when you lose games that you don’t compete in from the very beginning,” he said, “and you compete as the game goes on, but you don’t come with that spirit, then it’s really hard to sit here and talk about individual performances and things like that.” (more…)
It appears as though first-year Indiana coach Todd Yeagley signed most of the players who had committed to former coach Mike Freitag and his staff.
Josh Gatt, a highly touted midfielder from Michigan, decided to sign a pro contract with SCR Altach. That decision probably has as much to do with the whole getting paid to play while living in Europe part of it as it does the coaching transition.
But Indiana still has a couple of guys who were high on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s rankings: Harrison Petts (No. 5), Nikita Kotlov (15), Blake Wise (30), Jacob Bushue (69).
I’ll do some more reporting on this in the coming days. For now, here’s IU’s release. (more…)
Tom Crean said Monday on the Big Ten teleconference that Matt Roth has not yet rejoined the team for practice and that he did not expect him to be back this week. Roth will be evaluated later today, however, and Crean said he would have more information then. He said a determination has not yet been made as to whether or not Roth would redshirt or when a deadline would be set, but that with every game he misses, Roth comes a step closer to sitting out the season.
Indiana’s Jordan Hulls fouls Northwestern’s Michael “Juice” Thompson during the Hoosiers’ loss on Sunday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
The words did not roll off of Jim Nantz’s tongue.
Tracy Porter … from Indiana University?
Yes, that was Porter, a Louisiana native who went to school at Indiana and came home to play for the New Orleans Saints, ending the Super Bowl hopes and dreams of many a Hoosier with his game-clinching 74-yard interception return for a touchdown Sunday in Super Bowl XLIV.
“Tracy Porter played that perfectly,” CBS announcer Phil Simms said.
Porter and kick returner Courtney Roby were the 11th and 12th Hoosiers to play in the Super Bowl, and the sixth and seventh to win the Lombardi Trophy.
Porter stepped in front of Reggie Wayne on a short pass route and caught the Peyton Manning-thrown pass. There was not a Colt standing between him and the endzone, allowing Porter adequate time to motion into the crowd and do a little high step as he crossed the goal line.
Manning had thrown in Wayne’s direction for 12 and five-yard gains earlier in the drive.
The interception came with New Orleans leading Indianapolis, 24-17. Indianapolis got the ball back but could not score in the red zone.
The cornerback, a second-round pick out of Indiana in 2008, took on the task of defending Wayne, the Colts No. 1 receiver, all night long.
Wayne had one reception, a five-yard gain, during the first half. He finished with five catches for 46 yards, the longest reception going for 14 yards.
Porter had four unassisted tackles during the game.
Roby, a journeyman on his fourth NFL team, returned four kickoffs for 102 yards.
He returned the opening kickoff, with the lights flashing all around him and the world watching, for 20 yards.
EVANSTON, Ill. — Indiana followed two close losses with one that didn’t have nearly the same drama. Thanks to 10 3-pointers and double-digit scoring from each of its five starters, Northwestern pounded the Hoosiers 78-61 on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Sophomore forward John Shurna led the Wildcats with 16 points and six assists. Sophomore center Luka Mirkovic had 14. Senior guard Jeremy Nash had 13 points and 10 rebounds while junior guard Michael Thompson had 12 and freshman guard Drew Crawford added 10. The Wildcats shot 52.1 percent from the field, knocking down 10 of 25 3-point field goal attempts.
“We put ourselves in a hole at the very beginning of the game without getting enough pressure on the ball and not getting enough pressure on the 3-point shooters,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “Some things didn’t go right for us offensively and we didn’t come down and get stops on them and we played an uphill battle the rest of the way.”
Sophomore guard Verdell Jones scored a career-high 28 points and freshman forward Christian Watford added 16 points, but the Hoosiers didn’t get much of anything for the rest of the offense. Their other three starters combined for nine points and IU didn’t score a bench point until the 4:24 mark of the second half.
Northwestern opened the game on a 13-2 run that became a 21-6 advantage. IU cut the deficit to nine points just before halftime and back to nine just after the break, but the Wildcats followed with an 8-0 run and Indiana never got it back under double-digits.
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