[10:00 am UPDATE]
We’ve received the press release from the NCAA informing us of a telephonic press conference to be held at 4 p.m.
Dawn has not yet come to the island of Maui, but I have spoken to sources who say that the NCAA Announcement will indeed come at 4 p.m. today.
So stay tuned.
The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Indiana officials expect the NCAA to announce its findings regarding the school’s infraction case today.
We’ll have more on this story as soon as we can.
The NCAA generally sends an e-mail to the media at about 10 a.m. informing them of its intention to release a decision, then does so later in the afternoon.
To Tom Crean, the Hoosiers’ loss in Maui today came down to lack of communication.
And lack of communication stems from lack of experience.
“They like each other,” Crean said afterward. “Thatâ€™s not an issue. The game got fast for us, and it got faster because our communication was down.”
Indiana’s inefficiency on defense led to 13 tipped balls, Crean said. That’s the lowest in any game he’s ever been around, he said. The stated goal for each game is 35 deflections.
Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey sympathized with what Crean is going through.
“Theyâ€™re in a huge rebuilding process,” he said. “He has â€˜em competing and playing really hard. Theyâ€™re going to grow together as the year goes on.”
No. 8 Notre Dame moves on to play No. 6 Texas.
The Hoosiers play St. Joseph’s at 8:30 a.m. local time tomorrow (1:30 EST). I’ll post something about that matchup a little later.
Matt Dollinger of the IDS, John Decker of HoosierNation and I are here on location. We could be joined by the fellas from Inside the Hall as well as Doug Wilson and Jared Poertner (H-T) and Tom Kirby and Zach Osterman (IDS). Hope to see you then.
The Columbus Crew won their first MLS Cup on Sunday, and two former Indiana soccer players had a role in the game.
Danny O’Rourke (2001-04) switched from central midfield to center back and became a steadying force on the Crew’s dominant back line. The win was especially meaningful for O’Rourke, according to this tidbit borrowed from the MLS Web site:
Defender Danny O’Rourke was doubly happy. He beat his former club to claim the title and is from the Columbus suburb of Worthington.
“Not only did we do it for the team and the organization but for the city of Columbus,” he said.
He praised the backing for the club at The Home Depot Center.
“We’re spoiled enough to have them every day at home with that supporters’ section,” said O’Rourke. “For them to travel across the country and have the same support, I’m sure the Red Bulls were excited to have their group here but we’re used to it.
“They deserve that trophy as much as we do.”
Pat Noonan (1999-2002) came off the bench late in the game.
If you’ve caught even five minutes of anything Indiana coach Tom Crean has said about his basketball team this year, you’ve realized that he’s not treating it like any other year he’s ever experienced. With just two returning players â€” both who originally walked-on to the team â€” the Hoosiers must try to learn something from each game they play.
In that spirit, we’ve moved away from our typical scouting report format. We’re not going to judge how well Indiana matches up with it’s opponent. Instead, we’ll try go analyze what the opposition â€” and the situation â€” can teach the Hoosiers.
Here’s the first installment, which also appeared in today’s paper.
The two Lukes â€” Harangody and Zeller â€” are a challenge unlike anything IUâ€™s frontcourt has seen (or probably will see) this year. Harangody is as physical as any forward in the country and has underrated athleticism. Zeller spreads the court with his shooting range (and heâ€™s not even a starter).
What IU needs to learn: Tom Pritchard needs to find a way to limit the Fighting Irishâ€™s productivity in the paint without fouling out. Kyle Taber is in for the biggest battle of his career and probably isnâ€™t near full-strength yet, so he must show leadership by playing within himself. Tijan Jobe must find a way to make his size count.
Tom Crean has admitted to not being much of a basketball player in his day. But on Sunday he proved he could hit his free throws under pressure, as he took part in a contest with the other seven coaches at the Maui Classic. Crean hit three-of-five shots he took. No winner was declared; the event did raise money for local charities.