Overall, Indiana head coach Tom Crean was pleased with how his team played.
The 21-2 run was important for this team. Crean has been saying for weeks that he wasn’t sure how it would perform under the lights and against another team. He got his answer quickly.
“The crowd revved our team up so much,” he said.
The team apparently was nervous before the game, so Crean cut the walk through short. Instead, the team partook in a mosh-pit during which someone tried to kick Crean and mess up his hair.
Verdell Jones III, who had a smooth debut of 18 points, three assists and three steals, admitted to trying to mess up Crean’s carefully crafted hairstyle.
This really is a reality show.
FINAL: All the seniors get to play and it is a resounding victory for Indiana. We’ll see if this momentum carries into the postseason. HOOSIERS 2, WILDCATS 0
21:53, SECOND HALF: Second TV timeout here at Armstrong Stadium, and IU still dominating. Only in the last couple of minutes has Northwestern mounted any real threat, and Chay Cain has made the saves. HOOSIERS 2, WILDCATS 0
In what may have been the Hoosiers’ best first half of the season, Indiana thoroughly dominated Northwestern. We’ll see if they can sustain the high level of play. HOOSIERS 2, WILDCATS 0
7:07, FIRST HALF: Neil Wilmarth took on multiple defenders then laid the ball off to Andy Adlard. Adlard’s driving shot was turned away by the goalkeeper, but John Mellencamp was there to clean up with a volley into the net. HOOSIERS 2, WILDCATS 0
19:26, FIRST HALF: Will Bruin on the receiving end of a corner kick by Andy Adlard, and he heads it home for the lead. HOOSIERS 1, WILDCATS 0
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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.
I thought about not publicizing this so that I could purchase this ride myself, but then I remembered I’m broke.
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 seasonâ€™s 8,061
Another sign of how drastically things have changed within the Indiana menâ€™s basketball program: you can buy tickets to games less than two weeks before the season begins.
Seriously. Log onto Ticketmaster.com. 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 studentsâ€™ failure to purchase tickets is â€œnot a crisisâ€ and has necessitated a â€œdifferent systemâ€ for reaching potential buyers. Research conducted by IUâ€™s ticket office showed that schools across the conference are selling fewer student ticket packages this year, Fitzpatrick said.
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.