Hoosiers finally win on road

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — After 13 straight losses in opponents’ gyms, Indiana finally got itself a true road victory on Thursday, knocking off Penn State 67-61 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

After blowing a 15-point lead to Minnesota on Sunday before rallying back to win that game in overtime, the Hoosiers seemed to have much more confidence on the road than they had in their first two Big Ten road games this season. They lost junior guard and defensive ace Jeremiah Rivers to a foul-out with 6 minutes to go, and blew an 11-point first half lead, but never trailed and held on for the victory.

“That’s probably where Sunday came back to help us even quicker than what you might think,” Crean said. “You never know what experiences you’re going to take from a game and when they’re going to come up again, but I think it did. There was no panic in our guys’ voices. There was no deer in the headlight look.”

Senior guard Devan Dumes played more under control than he has all season, scoring 15 points to lead the Hoosiers. Sophomore guard Verdell Jones had 14 points, including a 3-pointer and fadeaway jumper down the stretch that sealed the victory for Indiana. Freshman forward Christian Watford had 11 points and nine rebounds, including two offensive rebounds that turned into Jones’ crucial buckets.

It was Indiana’s first true road victory in Tom Crean’s two-years at Indiana and the first for the Hoosiers since they won at Northwestern on Feb. 23, 2008.

AUDIO: Tom Crean talks about his team staying steady

AUDIO: Devan Dumes talks about playing with more patience

AUDIO: Jordan Hulls talks about the Hoosiers’ response to losing Rivers

AUDIO: Jeremiah Rivers talks about what he said to the team when he fouled out

Indiana at Penn State: Discuss it here

White sidelined once again

Former Indiana forward D.J. White, the 2008 Big Ten Player of the Year, just can’t stay healthy. His rookie season with the Oklahoma City Thunder was, for all intents and purposes, erased by jaw surgery. He’d had trouble working his way into games this season, and now will be sidelined by a thumb injury.

From the AP:

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward D.J. White is expected to miss six to eight weeks following surgery to repair a fractured right thumb.
The Thunder say White had successful surgery Thursday. White was injured in practice Tuesday.
White is averaging 4.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in eight games this season. He had not played in a Thunder game for over a month, and spent about two weeks in the NBA Development League during that time.
White, a first-round draft pick out of Indiana in 2008, missed most of his rookie year following surgery to remove a benign growth from his jaw.

Thursday discussion, 11 a.m

Dustin had planned to fly out early this morning so he could be in Pennsylvania in time to chat with us. But his flight was delayed, and now he’s been switched. I’m not sure where he is, and if he weren’t such a teetotaler (and didn’t have to work today) I’d probably check one of the airport taverns.

Maybe he’ll make it. Probably he won’t.

But I’ll be there. Hope you will, too.

Hoosier Morning


Indiana coach Tom Crean pleads for a foul call at Michigan last week. The Hoosiers have alternated home and road games during the Big Ten schedule this season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Glass discusses Arkansas State and other issues

Getting a sixth home game to replace the Penn State game moved to Landover, Md., wasn’t cheap. According to athletic director Fred Glass, Indiana had to pay Arkansas State a $750,000 guarantee to play at Memorial Stadium next season.

“It’s a big number, which reflects that we had to do that last minute,” Glass said. “But it compares favorably with what Iowa had to pay Arkansas State, which i think was about $900,000. So it is a big number, but it compares favorably with the market for that.”

The cost could have been worse. Indiana had been hoping to flip-flop home games in a two-for-one series with Central Michigan. The Chippewas were supposed to host Indiana in 2010 and travel to Bloomington in a few years. Central Michigan refused to accept that and ended the series. Though Indiana theoretically ended the contract first, the Hoosiers actually benefited because of “escalating liquidation damages.” Indiana owed Central Michigan $150,000 for failing to honor the contract for the 2010 game, but Central Michigan owed Indiana $200,000 for failing to play the future game. That netted Indiana $50,000.

“We thought that the easiest thing to do was going to be flip home and away dates with Central Michigan,” Glass said. “My understanding early on was that it was not going to be a problem. The more we got into it, the more it didn’t work out with them. We tried a number of ways to make it work out with the change of schedule, but in the final analysis none of those worked out.”

The Arkansas State guarantee obviously cuts into the $3 million the Hoosiers made by moving the home game with Penn State to Fed Ex Field. Factoring in $150,000 in savings on travel costs for the Central Michigan trip, Glass said IU will still net between $2.2 and $2.4 million, however.

Arkansas State is one of four guarantee games on the schedules released by Indiana on Wednesday. Glass said Indiana will pay Towson $210,000 to play in 2010, Delaware State $450,000 for a game in 2011, and Indiana State $400,000 for a game in 2012. The Hoosiers will also pay the Sycamores $450,000 for a guarantee in 2013.

Glass said he thought it was important to play in-state rivals in guarantee games. “If we’re going to play them anyway,” he said, “why not keep the money in the state.”

Glass also said he thought it was important to schedule historically black colleges and universities like Delaware State.

“I’m really excited about Delaware State,” he said. “Indiana has a unique relationship with historically black colleges and universities. (Former IU president) Herman Wells was a pioneer in integrating advanced degrees in education, so a disproportionate number of leaders of historically black colleges and universities were educated at Indiana. I think it’s important for us to highlight that.”

Wisconsin has no hard feelings

A month after being jilted by Todd Yeagley, Wisconsin has hired another Indiana grad to take over its men’s soccer program.

John Trask, who had coached the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames, was named Badgers coach today.

The former Indiana player and assistant coach also interviewed for the Indiana job left vacant when Mike Freitag’s contract was not renewed.

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