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Bye-week helps Hoosiers re-incorporate Watford

As much of an adjustment as it is for a team to lose a player who is not only its leading scorer and rebounder, not to mention a 6-foot-9 swingman whose game can’t be imitated by anyone else on the team, it’s almost as much of an adjustment to get him back.

Indiana found that out on Saturday against Michigan when sophomore forward Christian Watford returned after missing three games with a broken left hand. Watford still had a strong outing with 14 points in just 22 minutes, but it was evident that the Hoosiers’ execution and timing was thrown for a loop by adding such a significant piece to the system.

“Definitely with our timing,” freshman guard Will Sheehey said. “He’s a great offensive player as well. Getting those things back in our lineup is definitely something you gotta get used to, you know? From a timing aspect, from just playing with each other. This past week has been great incorporating him into what we’ve been doing.” (more…)


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Indiana’s Jeremiah Rivers and Michigan’s Darius Morris are separated during Saturday’s game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Dickerson named to Golden Spikes Award List

Indiana’s Alex Dickerson was selected to be one of 50 players on the USA Baseball preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List. From Indiana Sports Info:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – On the eve of opening day, Indiana junior outfield Alex Dickerson was selected as one of 50 players nation-wide to be placed on the USA Baseball preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List. The award, sponsored by Major League Baseball, is given to the top amateur baseball player in the country annually.

Add this watch list recognition to Dickerson’s ever-increasing list of preseason accolades, having been named to nearly every single publication’s preseason All-America list.

The Poway, Calif., native wrapped up his second season in an IU uniform with a .419 average, 99 hits (tied for third all-time), 24 home runs (second), 75 RBI (fifth), 19 doubles (seventh) and an .805 slugging percentage (third). He finished seventh nationally in home runs and total bases, and eighth in slugging percentage. He enters his junior season with 38 longballs, just nine home runs shy of the school record. He also carries a 17-game hitting streak into the 2011 season.

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Devin Davis, right, tussles for a rebound during the adidas May Classic. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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Lynch hired as assistant A.D. at Butler

Former Indiana coach Bill Lynch has been hired as an assistant athletic director at Butler.

The release from Butler:

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Hall of Fame player and coach Bill Lynch is returning to Butler University.  The former Butler, Ball State, DePauw and Indiana football coach has been named Associate Athletic Director, Development for Butler’s athletic department.  He’ll begin his duties on March 1.

“We are thrilled to have Bill Lynch returning home to Butler,” said Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier.  “Bill brings a wide range of experience, deep relationships and the highest level of integrity.  He is the perfect fit for this position and will contribute greatly to the success of Butler University.”

Lynch will lead the efforts of Butler’s athletics development office and work closely with Collier on strategy and solicitation of gifts to support the needs of the athletic department.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity, said Lynch, who was a standout quarterback, assistant coach and head coach at Butler.  “As I thought about (the position), it was just the right fit at the right time for me.  Obviously, there are things I will have to learn, but you have to be active in fund-raising as a coach, I understand the importance of organization and building relationships, and I won’t have any trouble selling Butler University.” (more…)


Pitchford is off the board

Walter Pitchford, the 2011 player Indiana was most actively recruiting, has verbally committed to Florida, ESPN.com’s Dave Telep is reporting.

The 6-foot-9 forward is raw, but had clear ability and was thought to be a guy that could help Indiana with its problems in the low post.

He had originally committed to DePaul but backed out of that decision last summer and had also been recruited by Memphis, Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, Georgia and Rhode Island.


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