Anderson at IU: Discuss it here

By   |   Friday, Nov. 7, 2008 - 4:59 PM   |   3 comments

BTN streaming FAQ

By   |   Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 - 3:57 PM   |   23 comments

We had a couple of question on our chat earlier today about the Big Ten Network’s plan to stream Indiana’s two preseason exhibitions on its Web site.

Though I may be late, I have some answers.

Q: Why does the BTN stream additional basketball games instead of showing them on the overflow channels as it does with football?

A: Here’s what BTN spokesman Mike Vest had to say.

“Overflow channels aren’t available during basketball season because of the capacity of our facility in Houston. There are a lot of other games that are fed out of Houston during prime time in the season, such as NBA, NFL and other college games, as well as ours.”

Q: Are streamed games archived on the Web site to watch later?

A: Yes, they are.

Q: Will the BTN continue to make use of streaming technology?

A: Yes. According to Vest the network will expand its use of Web-casting to women’s basketball and other sports in coming years. He also said technology advances should improve the quality of the broadcasts.

Buy Tom Crean’s old car

By   |   Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 - 2:45 PM   |   8 comments

Crean’s old car. Crean’s car.

I thought about not publicizing this so that I could purchase this ride myself, but then I remembered I’m broke.

So here it is: a craigslist ad for the car Tom Crean has driven the past six months.

IU basketball tickets for sale

By   |   Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 - 11:17 AM   |   8 comments

Below you’ll find a story I wrote for today’s paper. The quick summary: about 4,000 students tickets have gone unsold, and you can now buy them.

Single-game tickets cost $23, and are available both through IU and Ticketmaster.

Season ticket packages cost $451 and are available only through the IU ticket office.

Tickets are in the balcony.


Low student sales means IU tickets available

Purchases of student season tickets down about 4,000 from last season’s 8,061

Another sign of how drastically things have changed within the Indiana men’s basketball program: you can buy tickets to games less than two weeks before the season begins.

Seriously. Log onto Do some searching around. There they are.

The athletics department has started selling season ticket packages, multi-game packages and single game tickets through its own ticket office. Ticketmaster is selling single-game tickets.

About 4,000 seats usually reserved for student season ticket holders have not been purchased, leading to a potential revenue shortfall that the school would rather avoid.

Those seats, located in the balcony, are now available to the general public at the cost of $451 for season tickets and $23 per game (except when Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Illinois visit and the price raises to $38 per game.)

Students are still able to purchase season tickets for the regular price of $210 and can get single-game tickets for $15 a piece.

Deputy athletics director Tim Fitzpatrick said Wednesday that the students’ failure to purchase tickets is “not a crisis” and has necessitated a “different system” for reaching potential buyers. Research conducted by IU’s ticket office showed that schools across the conference are selling fewer student ticket packages this year, Fitzpatrick said.

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Come chat with us

By   |   Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 - 10:24 AM   |   1 comment

At 11 a.m. today, Doug Wilson and I will break down the election results using a giant computer map on the wall, which reacts to however you touch it and can show any and every possible scenario as well as list every stat, poll, margin and factoid known to man.

Wait. That’s the CNN guy that gets to do that. Doug and I will be doing something much more worthwhile: talking with you guys right here.

Crean: “We’re going to be our own reality show.”

By   |   Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 - 5:55 PM   |   5 comments

Tom Crean met the media today, just two days before he’ll pit his Hoosiers against Anderson in an exhibition game at Assembly Hall.

He admitted that he has no idea what to expect. But he’s trying to enjoy the uncertainty.

“If we don’t smile and enjoy it a little bit,” he said, “it’s going to be a very disheartening experience.”

Crean then compared his team to a reality show, specifically something called “Real Housewives” of which, my research has turned up, there are two varieties: Real Housewives of Orange County and Real Housewives of Atlanta. Seeing as I am much more of a Project Runway guy, I’m going to have to check these shows out so that Tom and I may have something to bond over.

Back to basketball . . . . Crean hasn’t even decided on a starting line-up yet. Says he just has the beginning of an idea of who might step on the court first on Friday night.

Other tidbits from today:

  • Anderson’s got a strong tradition and will come in here and show different looks to IU. “They’re going to challenge us, but right now anybody would challenge us,” Crean said.
  • Crean had a workout for six potential walkons this morning, and will continue to consider adding more players. Though the Hoosiers already have six walk-ons (and eight eligible scholarship players), he’s still searching for players who may contribute during games or, at the very least, make practice more competitive. The try-out process is fluid; it’s not as if a player comes in, has one good day and is added to the team. After adding Evan White, a 6-1 guard out of Fort Wayne last week, Crean’s not after more guards. He need wings now.
  • Crean said he has “all kinds of concerns” but that the one thing the team is struggling to grasp the most is just how much of an emphasis he puts on playing up-tempo basketball whether the other team makes or misses.
  • The team is scrimmaging with refs as I type (the session is closed to the public and media). Crean said it won’t be a straight scrimmage; he’ll also put the team through scenarios.
  • This week is being treated like a typical game week. Assistant Tim Buckley is scouting Anderson, Crean will design a gameplan specifically catered to the Ravens and planned on implementing some of it today.
  • When asked if his team was grasping his system yet, Crean said he purposefully has not allowed them to. “Every time they grasp something we throw something else new in,” he said.
  • Indiana’s lone senior and returning scholarship player, Kyle Taber, hasn’t been cleared for contact, yet, but is on pace to possibly return by next week. Taber had knee surgery in late August.
  • Crean said: “He (freshman G/F Nick Williams) has to rebound better. Please write that.” So I did.
  • Daniel Moore, who has led Indiana in assists in both public scrimmages so far, must do three things to see significant playing time this year: 1) he must be more vocal, 2) he must be “an absolute nasty pest” on defense and 3) he needs to develop a reliable jumper.

IU women’s exhibition No. 2

By   |   Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 - 8:04 PM   |   Comments Off

Indiana plays its second and final exhibition tonight at Assembly Hall against the University of Indianapolis. When you tire of election results, check back here for updates on tonight’s game.

14:47, FIRST HALF: Indiana off to another fast start, getting buckets from Kim Roberson and Jamie Braun, before a 3 by Andrea McGuirt. Indianapolis finally gets on the board and we’re at the first “TV” timeout. HOOSIERS 7, GREYHOUNDS 2

11:39, FIRST HALF: Indiana doing the same thing it did against Southern Indiana in the exhibition opener: Shooting the 3 and forcing turnovers. Kim Roberson has hit a pair from beyond the arc and has 8 points so far. Indy has 11 turnovers. HOOSIERS 17, GREYHOUNDS 2

7:19, FIRST HALF: I’m quite sure we can safely call this one in Indiana’s favor, even without the absentee ballots. Kim Roberson has 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting to lead IU in this colossal mismatch. HOOSIERS 30, GREYHOUNDS 2

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