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MADISON, Wis. — The Indiana Hoosiers could not pull out the win on Thursday against Wisconsin, but it found a way to replicate the effort it showed five days earlier against Michigan.
The Hoosiers were up by four at halftime, 34-30, but saw the Badgers win on the strength of 17 free-throws in the second half. In the end, it was a 69-60 win for Wisconsin, its 32nd in the last 33 games in the Kohl Center.
“No free throws in the first half,” Indiana coach Crean said. “Seventeen free throws in the second half. I guess that’s Big Ten basketball.”
The final death knell for the Hoosiers came with a minute left, when Jon Leuer turned towards the basket, initiated contact with Tom Pritchard, made the shot and saw Pritchard called for the foul (his arms were straight in the air). When Leuer (20 points) made the free-throw, the Badgers (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) led by seven.
The Hoosiers (10-9, 1-5) came out with plenty of energy during the first half, led by guard Jordan Hulls. He made four-straight baskets and even took an uncharacteristically deep 3-pointer.
“You let your best players play,” Crean said. “Jordan took shots and he was very aggressive. I think there’s some growth with him on that part. I don’t think its anything special we are doing. We’ve been saying he needs to shoot the ball more since last year.”
Hulls had 10 points in the first half and led Indiana with 16. Verdell Jones added 15, going over the 1,000-point barrier in the process. Now with 1,004 points, Jones is the 42nd Hoosier to hit the mileston.
Indiana shot 51 percent from the field, using spacing and screening to confuse the Badgers, coach Bo Ryan said. The result was plenty of drives to the rim and pull-up jumpers.
By the time Indiana got into this game, it was too late. Michigan State does just enough down the stretch to hang on for the victory. SPARTANS 69, HOOSIERS 55
3:37: The Indiana rally has stalled a bit now, though Michigan State continues to turn the ball over at an alarming rate, up to 24 giveaways in the game. SPARTANS 60, HOOSIERS 46
7:44: So Indiana finally gathers itself and uses a 9-0 spurt to get within 14. Hoosier pressure seeming to really bother MSU but is it too late? SPARTANS 56, HOOSIERS 42
10:15: Michigan State looks as good as any Spartan team I’ve seen come into Assembly Hall the last three years, largely because they are shooting the outside shot much better — 10-of-15 from 3. At this point it’s hard to see Indiana mounting a run. SPARTANS 55, HOOSIERS 33
15:57: Michigan State just picking up where it left off in the first half, building the lead to 18. Indiana just a step slow defensively more often than not and hasn’t shown enough firepower to overcome that. SPARTANS 43, HOOSIERS 27
Not a good finish to the first half for Indiana, which was outscored 23-11 after the game was tied at 12. Hoosiers are shooting the ball well enough at 10-of-23 from the field but 14 turnovers and getting outrebounded 18-11 is not going to get the job done. Jori Davis with 7 points and Whitney Lindsay 6 to lead IU.
Michigan State is hitting just 12-of-28 from the field with 13 turnovers but hit 6-of-9 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws. Kalisha Keane, the Spartans’ leading scorer at 15.6 per game, has 17 at the half, including four 3s. SPARTANS 35, HOOSIERS 23
We’ll be here. Actually, we’ll be on the road to Wisconsin. But you get the point.
Even when Shafer Johnson heard that Bill Lynch was being fired, he never considered leaving the Indiana football program.
“As long as they don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on them,” he said days after the announcement.
But on Sunday, the senior defensive tackle from Southfield Christian in Michigan said that new head coach Kevin Wilson told him that he had, in fact, given up on him.
“Coach Wilson told me I’m not a good fit for their scheme,” Johnson said. “I’m pretty much no good going there.”
Johnson said Wilson and other members of the coaching staff delivered the news on Sunday after an official visit to IU. He was asked if Wilson gave him the option to come to Indiana and accept the scholarship he had been offered by the previous administration, but simply made it clear to him that there wouldn’t be much playing time for him if he did. Johnson said he was not given such an option. (more…)
Maurice Creek said he feels better this time. The sophomore guard’s injury isn’t as bad, as evidence by the fact that he walked— albeit with a huge, mostly immobilizing brace in his right leg — into the Assembly Hall media room for his first meeting with the media since learning that he will be facing knee surgery for the second straight season. This time its for a stress fracture in his right patella.
He’s probably missing the season and he’s likely in for another long stretch of rehabilitation, but it won’t be nearly as long as the one he suffered through last year when he suffered a displacing fracture of his left knee.
“I feel a little bit better about this one just because I went through it last year,” Creek said. “Like I said, it’s going to take time, but I’m mentally prepared.”
Creek seemed to be in decent spirits and appeared to have an understanding that this injury will be much easier to work through. (more…)
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