Here’s a heads-up on our coverage for Saturdayâ€™s big Bloomington South (17-0)/Detroit Country Day (18-0) game that will offer by far the biggest challenge IU recruit Jordan Hulls and his South teammates have faced this season.
Thanks to WGCL, HTO will be able to provide a live audio feed of WGCLâ€™s broadcast of the game. What this means is that anyone who canâ€™t make it to the game or to the radio can listen to all the action on HTO. Brought to you by HeraldTimesOnline.com and www.wgclradio.com. We’ll have a link to that coverage here on HoosiersHQ.com.
The pre-game broadcast will start at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, with tip-off at 4:30, so you can catch this game immediately after IU’s 2 p.m. game at Purdue.
H. Williams Kellenberger and I will both be at the game, and our live coverage will include Hughâ€™s Twitter feed of stats and updates (available on the lefthand side of Quick Hits, or as txt updates on your cell phone) and a live, in-game chat with fans, similar to our HoosiersHQ.com live game chats.
Weâ€™ll have more, of course, but this is the immediate, live game coverage. Thanks to our partners at WGCL for helping to make this live audio feed happen.
As you may know, USA Today’s rankings this week have Detroit Country Day ranked No. 4 in the country and Bloomington South No. 5. I don’t put a lot of stock on national high school rankings, but having two teams listed in the Top 5 has added a lot of interest to this game. The last of the tickets for the game sold out today.
ESPN, which has named the game its national high school game of the week, provides a run-down on Detroit Country Day’s imposing starting lineup: 6-foot-11 DaShonte Riley, 6-8 Donnovan Kirk (signed with Miami) and 6-5 Jordan Dumars (South Florida), Bennie Sowler (Michigan State for football) and 6-1 junior Ray McCallum.
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(Click on the photo above and be rewarded by seeing a photo gallery from this game, comprised of work by Chris Howell, who was officially given the title we all knew he deserved on Saturday when he was named top sports photographer in the state.)
Well, this nationally-televised game probably tells the story of the year for the Hoosiers as well as anything could. Indiana was severely over-matched and fell behind 36-15 in the first half before finding a way to get within six in the second half. Certainly Illinois got a little complacent with such a big lead, but Indiana also figured out ways to close the gap. Tom Crean employed the line and three defense (in which forward Kyle Taber and Tom Pritchard essentially zone the paint and the three guards chase) while also opting to play off of Chester Frazier. So it was Frazier, of course, who hit a pivotal deep 3 to make it 57-48 with 4:56 left.
Indiana missed 13 free throws. Do some quick math and you’ll see that those shots could have sent this game to overtime.
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Unlike most Indiana games this season, today’s tilt with Illinois sold out a few days in advance. When I heard that, I immediately wondered if the Illinois fan base snapped up some of those $5 tickets.
That’s exactly what happened. It’s going to be an interesting atmosphere in here today. And the Stripe Out will be dotted with Orange.
As for Devan Dumes…my guess is that he won’t play. While most of his teammates were warming up austerely, he was dominating a 12-year-old in a game of one-on-one. Also, he’s not wearing a uniform right now, while most players are.
Former IDS reporter Chris Engel has informed me that he spotted Indiana assistant coach Roshown McLeod in the front row of this game during the first quarter.
St. Patrick star Kyrie Irving, a junior currently being recruited by just about every school in the nation (word is that even Kelvin Sampson has even called him, hoping to entice him to join the Bucks), will face off with Lance Stephenson, one of the top remaining unsigned 2009 prospects, and his Lincoln team at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN2.
Indiana coach Tom Crean is recruiting Irving, while Stephenson apparently has not been persued by this coaching staff (he has been through off-court turmoil, ranging from a fight to a charge of impropriety with a younger female student, that makes him an unlikely target for Crean and his staff.)
Seeing Stephenson play on a playground in Brooklyn, as I did a few years back, was simply amazing. I hope for the sake of hoops fans everywhere that he stays on track to play somewhere next season.