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On film: the Gophers’ key run

One key stretch defined last night’s game, a 3-minute time span in which Minnesota took a 51-49 deficit and made it a 59-51 lead that it would not relinquish.

I went back to watch that period of the game, and a few plays stood out as particularly ineffective for Indiana.

At the end of a possession where Indiana has defended decently well, Minnesota’s Al Nolen ends up with the ball on the win against Maurice Creek. An obvious mismatch, given Creek’s health. That Nolen got past Creek was to be expected, making help defense so important. It never came.

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Indiana’s Bobby Capobianco contends with Minnesota’s Rodney Williams for a rebound on Tuesday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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ScoopTalk: Five In A Row


Indiana drops fifth straight

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn — Indiana squandered a nine-point first-half lead and surrendered a game-changing 10-0 second-half run, allowing Minnesota to grab a 67-63 Big Ten win in front of 12,727 at Williams Arena.

The Hoosiers put forth a valiant effort to keep Minnesota from exploiting its considerable size advantage. Junior power forward Trevor Mbakwe posted his Big Ten-leading ninth double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds, but he was 4-for-12 from the field. Centers Ralph Sampson III and Colton Iverson were a combined 1-for-6 from the field for eight points.

But the Golden Gophers were better on the perimeter and were especially dangerous on the dribble-drive. Senior guard Blake Hoffarber had 16 points, including a circus 3-pointer on which he made a spin move and shot right in the face of IU sophomore guard Jordan Hulls. Senior point guard Al Nolen had 14 points six rebounds and four assists and sophomore swingman Rodney Williams had 12 points. (more…)


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Johns officially named receivers coach

Indiana just made its hiring of Kevin Johns as wide receivers coach official. The release follows.

INDIANA ADDS KEVIN JOHNS TO OFFENSIVE STAFF

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Kevin Johns has been tabbed Indiana’s wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, Head Coach Kevin Wilson announced Tuesday. Johns is the second member of the Hoosiers’ offensive staff. Wilson named Brent Pease the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Dec. 30.

“Kevin worked for us at Northwestern and is as strong and talented as any young coach that I have been around.” Wilson said. “He was a great quarterback at Dayton and has been coaching wide receivers in a very strong passing offense at Northwestern. Kevin has played a vital role in Northwestern’s success and he knows how to build a consistent winning program.

Johns spent the previous seven seasons at Northwestern, including the last five as wide receivers coach and the last three as passing game coordinator.

“I am very happy to be here and to be a part of Coach Wilson’s staff,” Johns said. “There is a lot of talent and excitement here. I am ready to get started and build this into a Big Ten championship program.”

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