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Indiana 60, Minnesota 57

For the second time in a week, Indiana defeated a ranked opponent.

This time, it was the Minnesota Gophers falling victim to the resurgent Hoosiers, losing 60-57 at Assembly Hall on Wednesday.

The Hoosiers were playing without Christian Watford (hand), but did return Verdell Jones. Jones had 12 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

It was not Indiana’s offense that won the game — the Hoosiers shot 39.6 percent from the field, 33.3 in the second half. It was the defensive end, where the Hoosiers flustered a very big No. 18 Minnesota team.

“They were outworking us and outhustling us,” Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said. “It was as simple as that.”

Blake Hoffarber was 4-of-12 from the field, 3-of-8 from 3-point range. The shooting specialist had the ball on the last possession, but was short on a 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.

It was a career night for Tom Pritchard, who had 12 points and seven rebounds. He was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, including a monster dunk early in the first half.

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Discuss: Indiana vs. Minnesota

NOTE: Verdell Jones is dressed and currently warming up with the team.


Wilson discusses those in his class, out of his class, in his coaching staff, out of his coaching staff

Kevin Wilson’s recently finished press conference to announces his 2011 recruiting class veered into a lot of different territories. Beyond announcing the class itself, the new Indiana coach also announced that he has lost two assistant coaches but already hired two more. Defensive tackles coach Jerry Montgomery is leaving for Michigan and cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond for Nebraska. Brett Dierson, who was listed as a football intern at Nebraska, has been hired to replace Montgomery as the defensive tackles coach. Jemal Singleton, who has been at Air Force for eight years, has been hired as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

Wilson said he’s hired someone to replace Raymond as cornerbacks coach and hopes to be able to announce that at the beginning of next week. Still going through background checks to finish that one.

Anyway, here were some of the other high points of the press conference, which may or may not have been fully understandable in our Twitter feed.

— The class includes 12 players on defense, nine on offense. It includes six in-state players. Wilson said he reached out to other players in the state who were committed elsewhere, but that didn’t work out. “Some of those guys didn’t want to go,” Wilson said. “We tried to build relationship with the coaches in-state. We wanted the in-state coaches and those kids to give us a chance in the years to come to actively recruit those kids. … We felt a little bit like we showed up at the dance when they were playing the last song and all of the dates were already taken.” (more…)


Live: National Signing Day press conference

Here’s a CoverItLive Ticker that will have the Twitter feeds of Dustin and I during Kevin Wilson’s press conference, which begins at 2 p.m.


IU officially announces 2011 class

Florida offensive lineman Gregory Lewis signed the 21st and final letter of intent for Indiana’s 2011 recruiting class. IU’s official release follows. We’ll have more at 2 p.m. when Kevin Wilson holds his press conference.

HOOSIERS INTRODUCE 2011 FOOTBALL SIGNING CLASS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Twenty-one student-athletes will continue their football playing careers at Indiana University, head coach Kevin Wilson announced on Wednesday. Wilson’s first recruiting class includes the 2010 Indiana Mr. Football award winner in addition to one four-star recruit and 16 three-star recruits in the Rivals.com and Scout.com rankings.

Seven players in the class reside from Indiana, seven from Ohio, three from Florida, one each from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan. The Hoosiers signed 12 players on the defensive side and nine on the offensive side of the ball. Indiana added four defensive linemen, three linebackers, three cornerbacks and two safeties. IU also welcomed four offensive linemen, three wide receivers, one quarterback and one running back for the incoming class of 2011.

“There is good balance on both sides of the ball in this class,” Wilson said. “We got a good mix of guys up front and skill guys. Our staff did a great job getting in on some guys late in the game. There is great athleticism and potential in this group. We brought in help in the secondary and up front across the board, and we are excited to get to work with these guys.”

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