Well, the Hoosiers have gone on runs of seven points, eight points (twice) and 11 points to open up a big lead.
I can’t remember the last time Indiana trailed. It may have been early in the Southern Illinois game. Anyone recall?
So, thoughts? Observations? Keeping warm and safe out there?
INDIANA 52, WCU 24 (HALF)
Catamounts called for shot-clock violation.
White is fouled before shooting, so he’ll shoot one plus the bonus. Hits the first and . . . . hits the second.
Gordon is guarding Porrini now, so he’s slowed down. The Catamounts are trying to get shots now for Camden Miller, a lanky forward with range. He hits a 3 after getting away from D.J. White.
Now Gordon to the line: hits two, has 17 on the day.
Crawford a steal, a lay in, a foul drawn. Plus one.
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Indiana freshman center Eli Holman was on the court working out about two hours ago.
But he won’t play today, due to that left wrist injury.
He came out of the locker room with bright red pants on and a matching vest.
Armon Bassett is also dressed in street clothes, though he is decidedly less dapper.
We haven’t seen A.J. Ratliff yet, but he wasn’t with the team during warm ups. Ratliff, the senior guard, is waiting to become academically eligible again.
H-T reporter Mike Leonard just told me that IU is up to 7,300 tickets that it has sold or has reserved for students who will attend the Insight Bowl in Tempe. IU has 10,500 tickets to sell that it purchased as part of its agreement with the Insight Bowl.
Mike is working on a story for Monday’s H-T and HeraldTimesOnline.com about Hoosier fan excitement for the bowl game.
OK, seriously, let us know what you think about the redesigned site.
Apparently, some of the Hoosiers aren’t taking Western Carolina all that seriously.
Either that or they just wanted to celebrate the end of exams.
Ran into Jamarcus Ellis and DeAndre Thomas last night at Kilroy’s (a campus bar for those of you not in the loop). Talked to Jamarcus for a bit, and he confirmed what Sampson had said earlier in the day: Eric Gordon would play Saturday. I asked him if E.J. would start and he said he didn’t think so, which contradicts what Kelvin Sampson said in his weekly press conference Thursday.
For those of you wondering, neither had a drink in their hands.
This got me thinking though. Should they be out past midnight two nights before a game? Granted, it’s a coast game against a team ranked below 200th in the nation by the RPI. Apparently Sampson doesn’t have a curfew on his players. I still think there needs to be some restrictions on these athletes, especially in the midst of a season where they could make a legitimate run to San Antonio for the Final Four.
This whole thing made me remember my freshman year, when I lived next door to D.J. White and Robert Vaden in the dorms. We would get games of poker going with a bunch of guys, and one night it came down to me and Vaden and we stayed up until 5 a.m. to finish the tournament. It was two nights before a must-win vs. Michigan State game.
So, what do all of you think? Should these guys be out that late two nights before a game? Or am I just making this a bigger deal than it really is?
Indiana senior Tracy Porter will have another game to play after the Insight Bowl. Here’s the details via an IU news release:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior cornerback Tracy Porter has been selected to play in the 83rd Annual East West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CST at the University of Houston's John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.
Porter is a member of the East squad that will be coached by Dick Vermeil. The Port Allen, La., native will be the first Hoosier to play in the game since current Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Isaac Sowells in 2005.