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Indiana’s Tom Pritchard is fouled while trying to dunk during the second half. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
As always, we’ll be here.
For the second time in a week, Indiana defeated a ranked opponent.
This time, it was the Minnesota Gophers falling victim to the resurgent Hoosiers, losing 60-57 at Assembly Hall on Wednesday.
The Hoosiers were playing without Christian Watford (hand), but did return Verdell Jones. Jones had 12 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
It was not Indiana’s offense that won the game — the Hoosiers shot 39.6 percent from the field, 33.3 in the second half. It was the defensive end, where the Hoosiers flustered a very big No. 18 Minnesota team.
“They were outworking us and outhustling us,” Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said. “It was as simple as that.”
Blake Hoffarber was 4-of-12 from the field, 3-of-8 from 3-point range. The shooting specialist had the ball on the last possession, but was short on a 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.
It was a career night for Tom Pritchard, who had 12 points and seven rebounds. He was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, including a monster dunk early in the first half.
NOTE: Verdell Jones is dressed and currently warming up with the team.
Kevin Wilson’s recently finished press conference to announces his 2011 recruiting class veered into a lot of different territories. Beyond announcing the class itself, the new Indiana coach also announced that he has lost two assistant coaches but already hired two more. Defensive tackles coach Jerry Montgomery is leaving for Michigan and cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond for Nebraska. Brett Dierson, who was listed as a football intern at Nebraska, has been hired to replace Montgomery as the defensive tackles coach. Jemal Singleton, who has been at Air Force for eight years, has been hired as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
Wilson said he’s hired someone to replace Raymond as cornerbacks coach and hopes to be able to announce that at the beginning of next week. Still going through background checks to finish that one.
Anyway, here were some of the other high points of the press conference, which may or may not have been fully understandable in our Twitter feed.
— The class includes 12 players on defense, nine on offense. It includes six in-state players. Wilson said he reached out to other players in the state who were committed elsewhere, but that didn’t work out. “Some of those guys didn’t want to go,” Wilson said. “We tried to build relationship with the coaches in-state. We wanted the in-state coaches and those kids to give us a chance in the years to come to actively recruit those kids. … We felt a little bit like we showed up at the dance when they were playing the last song and all of the dates were already taken.” (more…)
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