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Crean needs a Star Trek transporter or Porsche

Photo by Chris Howell.

The gym.

Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean saw at least one of his future guards play this morning when he took in Bloomington South’s 61-50 win against New Albany at the Seymour Regional.

Jordan Hulls, a leading candidate for Mr. Basketball and a class of 2009 signee for Indiana, had 12 points, seven assists and four steals to lead the No. 1 Panthers past the No. 2 Bulldogs.

Donnie Hale, a 6-foot-7 forward for New Albany, had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. He also shot 1-for-6 from the line in the first half, and once stared in disbelief at the heavans after one shot didn’t fall. Crean was sitting about 12 feet away.

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Next up? Rest. Bananas. Then Terre Haute South.

A post from H. Williams Kellenberger; photo by Chris Howell.

South fans are happy.

The South Panthers will play Terre Haute South at 8 p.m. today in the Seymour regional final.

Right now, the Panthers are in local hotel rooms and resting.

But South forward Chaz Cooper, who scored 11 points this morning, said he did not need the rest.

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Hulls did what he does

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Indiana recruit Jordan Hulls screams after hitting a buzzer-beating half-court shot Saturday morning.

Jordan Hulls, you can tell, always plans a few steps ahead of anyone else on the basketball court.

Sometimes, it does not work.

“I knew (New Albany star Donnie Hale) was in foul trouble, so I just tried to take it in,” Hulls, a senior who will join Tom Crean’s Indiana team next season, said of his drive late in the first half of South’s 61-50 win against New Albany in the regional semifinal at Seymour Saturday morning. “He just threw my stuff to half court.”

That’s a blunt — and still understated — way of describing what the 6-7 forward did when Hulls arrived near the rim.

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New Albany v. Bloomington South: Discuss it here

Oh, yes. H. Williams Kellenberger and I will rise early and make our way to Seymour to cover the regional there. Join us.


Talking Thomas

I’m working on a Whitney Thomas feature for next week, and spent some time on the phone with her father, Will Thomas, this afternoon. Like most everyone else around the IU women’s program, he’s rooting for the Hoosiers to make the Big Dance.

“I’d like for Whitney to get an NCAA bid, even if she only played one game and lost. I’d like to see her make it that far at least. The WNIT is great, but she worked so hard … If it doesn’t happen, we still had a good time,” he said.


Loss in first round ends season

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Teammates Verdell Jones III and Malik Story hug toward the end of the Indiana Penn State Big Ten tournament game at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., Thursday, March 12, 2009.


Dumes won’t play

Devan Dumes will not be in the lineup when Indiana plays Penn State later tonight, we have learned.


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