WNIT draw

The Indiana women’s basketball team received a first-round WNIT bye and will host a second-round game Sunday at Assembly Hall. Game time is to be announced.

The Hoosiers will face the Dayton-Oakland (Mich.) winner. The other side of IU’s draw features Bowling Green, the MAC champions who were upset by Ball State in the conference tournament as well as Canisius and Syracuse, IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s alma mater. Complete details at

TUESDAY UPDATE: The Hoosiers will host Sunday’s game at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children and IU students.

Women’s selection show


I’ll update shortly with the WNIT details, but IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack was glad for the strong show of support the Hoosiers received at Coaches Monday night, despite the disappointment.

“I’m just one of those people that believe you’ve got to put your dreams out there,” she said. “You’ve got to put them out there for all to see.

“We’re not ever going to apologize for making this a public display because I think it’s important that our kids understand that you don’t have to dream in the privacy of your room anymore. It’s OK as a woman to be able to say this is what I want to become and I stand before you and share that. Maybe we fall short, but how short will you have fallen if you never let anybody know?”


Final at-large spots go to Temple (21-9) as a 9 seed and Georgia (18-13) as an 11 seed. Minnesota gets a 10 seed, giving the Big Ten five bids. It’s the WNIT for the Hoosiers.


Michigan State gets a 9 seed and will face 8 seed Middle Tennessee, a team that edged IU in the preseason WNIT. Ball State is a 12 seed and gets Tennessee in the first round.

Mississippi State (22-9) is another bubble team in as an 11 seed, while Big Ten champ Ohio State is the 3 seed. San Diego State is the third team out of the Mountain West to make it, the Aztecs are a 10 seed. Only 16 spots left to be announced.


Iowa gets an 8 seed, the first Big Ten team announced. Purdue gets the 6 seed and will play Charlotte, the Atlantic 10 Tournament winner.

VCU (26-6) gets an at-large bid out of the Colonial Athletic Association as a 12 seed, another bubble team gets a spot. That’s 32 down, 32 to go.


TCU as a 10 seed out of the Mountain West is the lone bubble team to get an at-large bid in this region. The Horned Frogs (20-10) had a non-conference win over Maryland in their back pocket.


I’m at Coaches Bar & Grill in downtown Bloomington for the Women’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show, due to start at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Hoosiers are on the bubble, and hoping to hear their names called tonight. If you’re watching at home, keep an eye on the 10, 11 and 12 seeds in each region. Those will largely be the last at-large teams that make the field. I’ll provide observations as each region is announced and let you know if Indiana makes it in.

Once more on the radio

Time to wrap it up.

Crean’s appreciative of the fans, he says. It’s been a great place to live and work. And walking out into Assembly Hall, with all of those fans, still gets to him.

Fischer says he speaks for everyone who cares about IU basketball when he says: Thank you for everything you’ve done for Indiana basketball.


Next question: Will Crean redshirt players next year, specifically any from this year?

Crean says it’s not just up to the coach. The player and his parents have to be involved int the decision, too.

Tom Crean literally is signing autographs while he speaks. He is unstoppable. He’s also had 34 Cokes in the last four minutes.

Oh, right. Question: Which freshmen (from this year, so sophomores-to-be) are you excited about?

Crean, as he usually does, stays way from pointing to just one player. He’s excited about all of them, and about the competition getting better and helping them all develop.


Jarrett in at ex-teammates’ expense?

Former Bloomington North grad Kiley Jarrett helped the Ball State women’s basketball team to the MAC Tournament title Sunday with a 55-51 upset of Bowling Green. The Cardinals earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, but Jarrett may have pushed former Cougar teammates Whitney Thomas and Lydia Serfling of IU out of the field of 64 in the process.

Indiana is on the bubble heading into Monday night’s 7 p.m. selection sho, and Bowling Green is also now a bubble team. The good news is Ball State’s win makes the Hoosiers’ season-opening 84-68 win over the Cardinals look even better.

Terre Haute South vs. Bloomington South

 We’ve heard you can hear a live broadcast of the game by clicking right here.

Then, there were lights. Bright lights.

Spencer Turner signals for time out as Jordan Hulls holds the ball.

The gym here at Seymour — the fourth largest high school gym in the country, with a capacity of 8,110 — was quiet and dark when H. Williams Kellenberger and I walked in about an hour ago. It only took a few minutes for the lights to flicker on, though, and for most of South’s players to stroll out of the hallway leading to its locker room. Since then, the Panthers have been sitting on the seats that will be their bench when they take on Terre Haute South at 8 p.m. tonight.

Apparently THS’s star guard, Jake Odum, has been dealing with an injured ankle for some time now. He’ll still be the focal point for South, especially early. It’s unclear who will draw the assignment of covering him.

As Hugh and I spent some time eating lunch and watching college ball on the TV earlier today, we ended up talking to many fans from the schools who participated in this regional. One thing we heard over and over was how calm and veteran the South guards were.


Crean needs a Star Trek transporter or Porsche

Photo by Chris Howell.

The gym.

Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean saw at least one of his future guards play this morning when he took in Bloomington South’s 61-50 win against New Albany at the Seymour Regional.

Jordan Hulls, a leading candidate for Mr. Basketball and a class of 2009 signee for Indiana, had 12 points, seven assists and four steals to lead the No. 1 Panthers past the No. 2 Bulldogs.

Donnie Hale, a 6-foot-7 forward for New Albany, had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. He also shot 1-for-6 from the line in the first half, and once stared in disbelief at the heavans after one shot didn’t fall. Crean was sitting about 12 feet away.


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