During the chat (below) I was asked how badly IU had been out-scored in the second half this year. The number I provided was wrong because I forgot to include two games in my calculation.
After today’s loss, the Hoosiers have lost the second half of games back to and including the one against Ball State on Sept. 20 by a combined score of 170-33.
I apologize for the error.
Caught a bit of Penn State’s 65-51 win against William & Mary to open the basketball season tonight. Talor Battle, who was pretty stellar as a freshman last year, has really become a very dynamic guard at the Big Ten level. Of course I watched this game thinking about how Indiana would match up, and I’m anxious to see how Verdell Jones and Daniel Moore handle Battle at the point of attack. He’s awfully quick.
Anyway, the Hoosiers’ football team has arrived here and is back relaxing at the hotel. They were unable to go through a walk-through because the field at Beaver Stadium was covered. There’s been a ton of rain here, and last I checked there’s a 70 percent chance of more showers tomorrow. Not sure what that might mean as far as having an impact on the game. Probably means the Nittany Lions will rely more on the run; could see a lot of that “Wildcat” formation with Derrick Williams running around.
Anyway, this hasn’t been posted here yet and it should be: Here’s Jared Poertner’s free preview of the game. The Poert Report, if you will.
FINAL: HOOSIERS 84, CARDINALS 68
Indiana will host Xavier Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the second round of the Preseason WNIT. Kiley Jarrett finishes with 11 points, four assists and two rebounds in front of a hometown crowd. Fellow former Cougar Whitney Thomas collects 15 points and seven rebounds for the victors.
2:50, SECOND HALF: Jori Davis returned with 5:50 left, scoring five points in just over a minute before fouling out on a charging call. Indiana now firmly in control of this one as six Hoosiers are now in double figures. And in case you’re wondering, Jamie Braun has not played a second in this one. HOOSIERS 81, CARDINALS 60
6:59, SECOND HALF: IU seems in good shape here, but Ball State just hanging around. 6-foot-3 freshman Sasha Chaplin making a big impact tonight with 11 points and six rebounds. Kiley Jarrett is stuck on 7 points but has had a couple nifty assists. Her high school teammate Whitney Thomas has 10 points and seven rebounds. HOOSIERS 68, CARDINALS 53
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Indiana got a goal from Will Bruin in the ninth minute, and made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Friday in Madison, Wis.
The third-seeded Hoosiers advance to take on top-seeded Michigan State in Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship game. The match will televised live on the Big Ten Network.
IU has received the letter of intent for 6-10 Bawa Muniru, making its six-man 2009 recruiting class official.
Here’s the release from IU announcing the class:
Bloomington — Indiana University menâ€™s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that six student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend IU and play basketball for the Hoosiers. With just seven months on the recruiting trail, along with NCAAâ€ˆrestrictions, the Hoosier staff has hauled in one of the top recruiting classes in the country. The Hoosiers are ranked fifth nationally by Rivals.com and seventh nationally by Scout.com. The Hoosier class is the highest rated among Big Ten schools.
Bobby Capobianco, 6-8, 225, Forward, Loveland, Ohio, Loveland High School
Maurice Creek, 6-5, 195, Guard, Chatham, Va., Hargrave Military Academy
Derek Elston, 6-8, 212, Forward, Tipton, Ind., Tipton High School
Jordan Hulls, 6-0, 170, Guard, Bloomington, Ind., Bloomington South
Bawa Muniru (bah-wah muh-nee-roo), 6-11, 250, Center, Mt. Zion Academy, Durham, N.C.
Christian Watford , 6-7, 215 lbs, Forward, Birmingham, Ala., Shades Valley High School
CREAN ON THE RECRUITING CLASS
â€œOur coaching staff of Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer and the recent addition of Roshown McLeod, along with the rest of our staff, show what can happen when you believe in something and are not afraid to work hard to make it better even when you are hamstrung with restrictions. Our coaches worked extremely hard to build on relationships that we already had and to build new ones and continue to show people why Indiana was a perennial power year-in and year-out. The tradition of Indiana and the opportunity
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