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Verdell Jones watches Sunday’s game from the bench. David Snodgress | Herald-Times
After watching the film of Sunday’s loss to Iowa, Tom Crean got a better idea of just how short-handed he was.
The Indiana coach said that as much as the Hoosiers missed junior guard Verdell Jones’ 12.9 points per game, they missed his leadership even more. He also added Maurice Creek into the equation and said there was a big difference in the team considering it was playing without two “excellent players,” that were there against Michigan.
The following is the transcript from Crean’s 10 minutes on the Big Ten teleconference this morning, with the exception of an answer to a question from ESPN.com’s Pat Forde about radio show callers that stemmed from comments from North Carolina’s Roy Williams and a question at the end about the Jared Sullinger-JaJuan Johnson matchup. If you’re interested, you could check that out on BigTen.org. But everything else follows. (more…)
IOWA CITY, Iowa — With second-leading scorer Verdell Jones watching from the bench with inflammation in his right knee, Indiana struggled to get much going offensively and was equally deficient on defense, falling 91-77 to an Iowa team that was 0-6 in the Big Ten heading into the game.
The Hawkeyes got 20 points and 10 rebounds from freshman forward Melsahn Basabe, 19 points from junior guard Matt Gatens and 18 from freshman guard Roy Devyn Marble. Sophomore guard Eric May added 11 points. They shot 57.7 percent from the field, including 65.2 percent in the second half. Of their 91 points, 46 came in the paint and 16 came on fast breaks compared to just two for Indiana.
“We weren’t good defensively at all,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “Our transition defense was poor. It was getting so much better. Our big guys were non-existent in transition defense. We just weren’t as good and it started from there.” (more…)
One-time Indiana commit Raymon Taylor verbally committed to Michigan on Saturday, the Detroit News is reporting.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” Taylor said. “God blessed me. It’s a good situation for me and my family. The education you get there is tremendous. It’s the big stage.”
Taylor said U-M quarterbacks Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner, and safety Cameron Gordon accompanied him on his official visit and help convince to come to Ann Arbor.
In some ways, this news is not terribly surprising. Taylor has always been open to taking official visits to schools besides Indiana, and he has wavered back-and-forth on his commitment since Bill Lynch was fired.
He told Dustin two weeks ago that he was ready to commit to Michigan before Rich Rodriguez was fired. Then he told Peegs.com’s Matt Weaver earlier this week (after his official visit to Indiana) that IU was his No. 1 school.
This leaves Indiana with 15 verbal commitments with two weeks to go until signing day.
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