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Uthoff also visiting Butler, Illinois, Notre Dame

Jarrod Uthoff, the 6-foot-8 junior forward from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who took an unofficial visit to Indiana on Wednesday, is apparently hitting up several other schools in driving distance. A source says Uthoff also visited Butler on Wednesday and will visit Notre Dame and Illinois.

Uthoff reportedly has offers from Arizona State, Creighton, Indiana State, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

Southport guard Kellon Thomas also took an unofficial visit to Indiana on Wednesday.

Las Vegas update

For those who haven’t seen this already, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier is reporting that Northern Iowa will be playing in the Las Vegas Basketball Classic right before Christmas along with Indiana, New Mexico and Colorado.

Indiana coach Tom Crean announced during the Puerto Rico Classic in November that the Hoosiers were going to play in the tournament. The Hoosiers will play four games, two likely at Assembly Hall the week before Christmas. The WCF Courier said Northern Iowa’s games will be on Dec. 17 and 19, so Indiana’s would likely be in the same time frame. The two games in Vegas, the Courier reports, will be Dec. 22 and 23.

So yeah, that means Indiana could be playing Steve Alford and that Steve McClain could go against his old school in the same tournament.

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IU’s Tyler McCarroll (16) scores a goal against Israel Cano (16) of the Mexican Men’s U-20 National Team. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times


IU-Mexico soccer

Luis Soffner saved a penalty kick in the 88th minute and IU comes away with not only a victory, but a clean sheet to boot. Excellent performance to finish the spring for IU. HOOSIERS 2, MEXICO 0

Mexico trying to turn up the pressure as things start to get a bit chippy. IU has been up to the challenge as Soffner just covered a couple of point-blank ricochets. HOOSIERS 2, MEXICO 0

Will Bruin heads home the service of Tyler McCarroll to extend the IU lead. A pinpoint cross by McCarroll and Bruin’s header just as well-placed, kicking off the right post and in. HOOSIERS 2, MEXICO 0

Mexico with a free kick coming up. Both teams have had chances go by the board this half. Will Bruin was denied on an outstanding save by Mexico. Then Tommy Meyer headed a Mexican shot off the line after Luis Soffner got caught out at the top of the box. HOOSIERS 1, MEXICO 0

We’ve reached the midway point of tonight’s game, and Indiana holds the lead. The Hoosiers have outshot Mexico, 5-1, but the only IU shot on goal was McCarroll’s score. Mexico has controlled the ball a fair amount, but hasn’t put much of an attack together. HOOSIERS 1, MEXICO 0

Andy Adlard breaks free down the middle of the field and lays the ball off left to Tyler McCarroll, who takes a touch and cracks the shot into the back of the net … gol! HOOSIERS 1, MEXICO 0

One-third of the way through the first half and no score. Indiana has the game’s lone shot on a blast over the goal by Will Bruin. Mexico has had a good deal of possession but no threats other than a long free kick into the box that Luis Soffner handled easily.

I’m at Armstrong Stadium with Chris Korman tonight where the horns are already in full throat for tonight’s soccer match between Indiana and the U-20 Mexican national team.

Lots of red and green in the stands, flags flying for Mexico, IU and the United States. It would seem World Cup fever has come a little early to Bloomington.

Stand by and we’ll see how things play out. This should give the Hoosiers a real test of their progress this spring and the work they have yet to do before next fall.

Carlino commits to UCLA, will graduate a year early

Matt Carlino, a guard at Bloomington South High School and former Indiana commit, confirmed a report from that he has committed to UCLA and will graduate early to be part of the Class of 2010.

After decommitting from Indiana in late March, Carlino had also visited Florida and had heavy interest from UNLV, Butler and California among other schools. He chose the Bruins, however, after a visit to Los Angeles this past weekend.

“It has great tradition,” said Carlino, who moved to Bloomington from Arizona last summer. “It’s close to home and they’ve got a great coach in coach (Ben) Howland. There are great players coming in there and there currently. I just feel like it’s a great situation for me to come in and help out.”

Carlino said Howland threw out the possibility of reclassifying so he could join the team next year. Carlino had already been taking online courses just to get ahead and said he will easily be able to complete the requirements necessary for his diploma.

“It’s just something I thought was a really good opportunity and I didn’t want to pass it up,” Carlino said.

South coach J.R. Holmes thought Carlino would have been better off waiting another year.

“I don’t agree with the decision to leave high school a year early,” Holmes said. “I think he would have benefited from another year. But that’s a decision for the parents and the player. Hopefully it works out for him.”

The 6-foot-3 Carlino averaged 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists, helping South to an unbeaten record before a loss in the regional finals against Jeffersonville.

Just in case you hadn’t seen this yet…

Sterling Gibbs committed to Maryland last night. Gibbs had been recruited by Indiana and discussed the possibility of visiting Bloomington in the fall.


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