We’re at Memorial Stadium and the tailgate parties are under way.Â Our Tailgate Bash at The Bus will be starting at about 5:30.
Post any pregame thoughts and questions here and we’ll try to address them during the show.
If you can’t make it to Saturday’s Indiana-Murray State game yourself, join us at HoosiersHQ.com for our first Tailgate Bash at The Bus. We’ll be broadcasting live from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., sharing our pre-game reports and a taste of the tailgate scene outside Memorial Stadium.
Our guests for the Tailgate Bash will include Adam Ahlfeld (who attended last week’s IU basketball reunion in French Lick and whose brother is a freshman on the football team), Jane Hoeppner and Russ Richardson.
Please leave us your questions and commentsÂ here about Saturday’s game and this year’s team – or whatever else you want – and we’ll do our best to address them on our live Web broadcast.
Here’s “The Bus,” an out-of-service IU bus that some friends bought as their awesome tailgate vehicle.
Today we chatted with transfers Jeremiah Rivers (from Georgetown) and Devan Dumes (from Vincennes). They’re the two most experienced newcomers on the team, Rivers having played two years for the Hoyas and Dumes having started his career at Eastern Michigan.
Here’s what Rivers had to say.
When did you get to campus?
About two weeks ago. Came in early, get familiar with Indiana.
Has the team met yet? What have you been up to?
Yesterday was the first day of official workouts. Outisde of that we were just doing what we want on our own. Working out with (strength and conditioning) Coach (Jeff) Wat (Watkinson) if we want, getting shots up and running and conditioning. Just getting ready and getting better.
What was the first day of workouts like?
Bunch of drills. Drills after drills. It was real hard, real fun. Getting the players, the skills right.
Were you out there together?
No, we split it up in different sections. Big men with big men, guards with guards, small forwards with small forwards. It was a good mix up.
Check out Jared’s preview of the game by clicking here.
It’s a hectic Thursday already, but we’ll try to squeeze in a chat anyway. You can join it â€” or submit a question early â€” by clicking here.
I think Doug will have an announcement to make near the end of chat. But I won’t steal his considerable thunder.
Later today we’ll get a chance to interview two Indiana basketball players when Jeremiah Rivers and Devan Dumes are available.Â Looking forward to hearing what they’ll have to say.
5:50 p.m. update — click on the link at the end of this post for a more detailed story from H-T reporter Mercedes Rodriguez than we had earlier today.
A Bloomington pizza institution, the Big Ten Bargain from Pizza Express, has drawn the ire of the Big Ten Conference, which says the long-standing name for a special that includes a large pizza, breadsticks and soda infringes on the conference’s intellectual property.
The conference has demanded that Pizza Express stop using the name Big Ten Bargain.
Here’s the release from IU to accompany the schedule:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. â€“ The Indiana University menâ€™s basketball team could play as many as 11 teams which played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament during the coming season. The Big Ten Conference released its schedule today with times and television assignments listed for all 18 league games and will finalize times and television for each schoolâ€™s non-conference schedule later this week. Each of the Hoosiers 30 regular season games will appear either on the Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. IU will play 15 games in Assembly Hall, four games on a neutral court and 11 road games.
“Considering our circumstances, we are very thankful to have the opportunity to be on national television the number of times that we will be this season,â€ said first-year Coach Tom Crean. â€œThe day-to-day coverage that our program will get via the Big Ten Network is so important for us. Not many programs have a 24-hour vehicle to exclusively reach so many alumni, family, friends and fans. We are very fortunate that there is so much interest in Indiana basketball.â€