Indiana sent out game notes with a few minor changes on the depth chart. Left guard Justin Pagan is back on the depth chart but listed behind Marc Damisch, who started in place of the injured Pagan on Thursday. Deonte Mack, who was suspended for the first game, is listed as the backup right defensive end to Jammie Kirlew.
Richard Council is still one of the starting cornerbacks, listed ahead of Donnell Jones, who missed Thursday’s game with an injury.
I will post the entire depth chart later.
Victor Oladipo hadn’t planned on making a decision yet. He actually had an official visit scheduled to Notre Dame in two weeks, and had three other schools he was still considering.
But after a visit to Bloomington this weekend, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard from Maryland’s DeMatha Catholic High School said he knew where he should be.
“I just felt like that was the place for me,” Oladipo said Monday after verbally committing to Indiana. “The coaching staff has been with me. They stuck with me. I’ve grown a relationship with players and coaches, and I just feel like that’s my home.”
Oladipo was in Bloomington from Thursday until Saturday. He said that by the end of the trip he was convinced he’d found the right fit, and called IU coach Tom Crean on Monday after discussions with his family and his high school and AAU coaches.
Oladipo, which Rivals.com rates as a three-star recruit and the No. 133 player in the class of 2010, said he was attracted to Indiana for a number of reasons. He said he appreciated the faith he was shown by Crean, who began recruiting him in December and offered him a scholarship personally. He also said he believed he would fit in well in Crean’s system.
“They play up and down,” Oladipo said. “They set a lot of ball screens. He lets their guards show their talent.”
And even though the Hoosiers are still reeling from the Kelvin Sampson era and coming off a 6-25 season, he said he thinks he can help them back to where they’ve been.
“I think I can help them win a national championship,” he said. “I think I can help them win Big Ten championships. I want to come in and make an impact.”
Victor Oladipo, a 6-foot-4 guard in the class of 2010, has verbally committed to play for Indiana.
Oladipo visited the campus this weekend and decided to become the second player to pick Indiana from the senior class.
Oladipo is a three-star guard, according to Rivals.com, who had offers from Marquette, Notre Dame and Xavier.
Dustin Dopirak will have more soon, as he is currently on the phone is Oladipo.
Dustin and I just re-watched Indiana’s season-opening 19-13 win against Eastern Kentucky.
A few thoughts:
This YouTube video has surfaced from Victor Oladipo’s weekend visit, showing he and Creek dunking in a variety of creative ways on an outdoor court. Thanks to Inside the Hall.
It’s all over. A few final corner kicks come up empty and IU loses for the first time on the young season. DEACONS 2, HOOSIERS 1
18:00: A give away by Daniel Kelly in the defensive third allows Wake to go back in front with a cross and header. DEACONS 2, HOOSIERS 1
21:48: We’ve reached the second half TV time out. Indiana nearly had the lead. First, Andy Adlard went down running onto a cross in the box, but was yellow carded for diving. Then the Hoosiers had a 3-on-2 with Will Bruin laying the ball off to Darren Yeagle, who struck the crossbar with his screamer. IU must still be wary of the ever-dangerous Wake counter attack. Cameron Jordan back in at midfield. DEACONS 1, HOOSIERS 1
28:23: Indiana had been building some strong moments of attack, and it finally paid off as Lee Hagedorn slipped a pass to Eric Alexander coming in on the left side of the box and Alexander slotted the ball into the right side of the net for the equalizer. DEACONS 1, HOOSIERS 1
40:25: Darren Yeagle starting this half in place of Cameron Jordan. It seems like coach Mike Freitag is still searching to find the right combination of players to provide a spark early in the season. DEACONS 1, HOOSIERS 0
Indiana coach Mike Freitag was not pleased with the way his team gave the ball away in the offensive third Friday night, and he probably is not impressed so far today. IU just doesn’t seem able to put together those one or two more passes on offense. Both teams are playing five midfielders, so the middle of the pitch has been crowded. That’s why the Hoosiers have been looking to go over the top with some long balls, but really only connected twice, one leading to a corner. Wake leads in shots, 10-9, and in corners, 6-4. DEACONS 1, HOOSIERS 0
Indiana’s Thursday night season opener granted me one lazy Saturday to spend glued to my couch, so I spent it checking out Indiana’s next three opponents. That doesn’t exactly show much dedication on my part considering two of them were playing each other and the third was playing my alma mater, but regardless, I have thoughts.
Western Michigan, the Hoosiers’ opponent this week, was considered by many to be a threat to upset what was expected to be a distracted Michigan team. Didn’t happen. The Wolverines, who host the Hoosiers on Sept. 26, looked a lot better than the 3-9 outfit from 2008, with Tate Forcier, Dennard Robinson and Nick Sheridan providing better quarterback play than Michigan ever got out of Steven Threet. Tim Hiller may well turn out to be the most decorated quarterback in Western Michigan history, but he didn’t look the part Saturday afternoon. He finished with 259 yards, including a 73-yard bomb to Juan Nunez in the fourth quarter, but he threw two picks and was sacked twice. The Broncos were manhandled on the line and managed just 38 yards on the ground.
Akron, which Indiana visits on Sept. 18, was beaten nearly as badly by Penn State, though the Nittany Lions looked ragged at times in a 31-7 victory. The biggest concern for the Hoosiers, though, is that the Zips kept Penn State killing them with the run. The Nittany Lions final numbers looked good — 30 carries for 136 yards — but they were never dominant. Considering the trouble Indiana had running against Eastern Kentucky, Akron could have the edge there.
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