Junior forward Raymar Morgan â€” who apparently has mono and walking pneumonia â€” is in a shirt and tie as the rest of his Michigan State teammates warm up here at the already percolating Breslin Center.
The lower bowl of the arena — mostly inhabited by the citizens of the Izzone — is a little more than half full as we are a little over an hour from the tip of Tom Crean’s first game coaching against the Spartans in East Lansing.
How anyone can argue against first come, first served seating is beyond me.
Meanwhile, Indiana freshman Malik Story is doing a little dance near center court.
Winning changes things.
Crean’s welcome here
An excerpt from The Full Court Press, which is the official newsletter of the Izzone:
Please welcome Tom Crean back to the Breslin Center with a thunderous applause. He helped lay the foundation for the Michigan State men’s basketball program and has had a great deal of success since leaving the university.
Lucious can sky
Michigan State’s warmups involved a five jump shots from each player and then a dunk show for the students already gathered here.
It ended when 5-11 freshman Korie Lucious skied, windmilled and threw down a dunk that would have won just about ever dunk contest not involving NBA players I’ve ever seen. He landed and just stared straight ahead, while the fans were just breathless. Then, he smiled and the players began bouncing around. So did the students.
Lucious, by the way, is from Milwaukee and told The Detroit News that he attended several of Tom Crean’s practices at Marquette and saw several players throw up during them.
Maybe that’s why we’re not invited to practice: Crean simply doesn’t want us getting ralphed on.
Indiana Hoosiers (6-15, 1-8) at Michigan State Spartans (18-4, 8-2)
at The Breslin Center – 14,759 (East Lansing, Mich.)
Saturday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. EST
ESPN (Dave O’Brien and Bob Wenzel), IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary, Joe Smith)
Audio and video
News and Notes
The Indiana women’s basketball team lost their second straight game Thursday night, falling at Iowa, 69-67. The Hoosiers trailed 61-48 with just over three minutes remaining, but had a chance to tie or take the lead with under 20 seconds left. Kim Roberson came up with a steal, but Jamie Braun’s short jumper off the glass was no good, and the Hawkeyes made two free throws to secure the win.
There are some things best remembered in still images.
Your own life from age zero to four-ish, for instance. The prom. College.
And Indiana’s first Big Ten win under Tom Crean.
….which they are. Except Dan Dakich does his thing on the radio now. And he’s pretty good at it.