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Basil Smotherman committed to Purdue Tuesday night, Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi is reporting.
Smotherman is a 2013 guard from Heritage Christian. Indiana had offered him and was seen as being competitive for his services – he visited Indiana for Hoosier Hysteria, for instance, and is an AAU teammate of Indiana target Devin Davis (and Collin Hartman, though Hartman is just joining the Eric Gordon All-Stars).
It is Purdue’s second verbal commitment in the class this week (Illinois’ Kendall Stephens also elected to pick the Boilermakers) and the third overall – joining Fort Wayne Northop’s Bryson Scott.
What does it mean? That 2013 may be the first year we see Indiana and Purdue really battle for in-state supremacy. Purdue stocked its roster with in-state prospects like E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, but Indiana has built classes that appear, to date, better in the classes of 2009, ’10, ’11 and ’12.
From the Big Ten office.
MINNESOTA SELECTED PRESEASON FAVORITE BY BIG TEN BASEBALL COACHES
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – After winning the Big Ten’s regular-season and tournament titles last season, Minnesota has been named the conference favorite for 2011, the Big Ten announced on Tuesday. For the first time in conference history, the Big Ten baseball coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their teams for a Players to Watch list. Also among the top six projected finishers for the season were No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Indiana, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Ohio State.
The Golden Gophers return 24 players from last year’s team that advanced to the program’s 30th overall and second consecutive NCAA Championship. Among the returnees are Players to Watch Justin Gominsky, Scott Matyas and TJ Oakes. Matyas and Oakes were third-team All-Big Ten honorees as relief and starting pitchers, respectively. Minnesota is led by 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year John Anderson.
Michigan finished second in last year’s conference standings and is led by a trio of sophomores in center fielder Patrick Biondi, pitcher Bobby Brosnahan and shortstop Derek Dennis. All three were named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team last season, and Brosnahan earned a spot on the 2010 All-Tournament Team.
Last year’s Big Ten Player of the Year Alex Dickerson headlines Indiana’s returners, having already been named to several preseason All-America teams. Look for Dickerson, as well as senior first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and freshman starter Joey DeNato to lead the Hoosiers, who tied for fifth in the 2010 standings. (more…)
So we had computer issues over the weekend that led to ScoopTalk not being posted. Dustin felt the points we made and the things we discusses were still relevant, and I agreed, so here it is.
It has been a while since Indiana won a road game — more than a year, actually.
The last road win came on Jan. 21, 2010, against Penn State. That is 18-straight losses away from Assembly Hall (while not a true road environment, I am counting the Big Ten Tournament and the Las Vegas Classic).
Asked if he had an explanation or a reasoning for the problems on the road, Crean’s answer indicated that Saturday’s loss to Michigan was a microcosm of the problem.
“There has got to be a tinge of fear that leads to a collective toughness,” Crean said. “Not a tinge of fear that leads to comfort. … We got to have that our hair is on fire mentality that we are just going to play all out.”
Crean used the “hair is on fire” phrase after the Michigan game, and continued to talk about the combative edge Indiana needs to play with — collecting defense stops in the process.
Tickets are now on sale for Saturday’s big high school game matching South against LaPorte LaLumiere.
LaLumiere is, of course, led by 2012 commit Hanner Perea, above.
The game is at 3 p.m., with doors opening at 2. Tickets are $5 and on sale starting today at South.
It is a particularly well-timed game, with IU playing Northwestern at 7. Fans should be able to check out both.
Tom Crean and Steve McClain instruct the Hoosiers during the game on Saturday against Michigan. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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