We’re heading up I-69 toward Michigan, and so far we’ve seen two flipped cars, one on its side and four stuck in the snowy median.
Also, we’re receiving reports that I-69 is blocked just north of Auburn. We’re detouring.
And we’re also watching “Old School.”
I think what that movie is trying to say is, true love is blind.
It’s a long way to Ann Arbor.
Though there’s no such official number, we all know that 20 wins appears to be the magic mark for teams in big conferences who hope to get into the NCAA Tournament.
For Indiana to reach 20 wins, it will have to win its two remaining home games — against Minnesota and Penn State — and get at least one win on the road at Michigan, Michigan State or Northwestern.
With Lance Stemler (ankle) and Earl Calloway (shoulder) out for any significant amount of time, accomplishing the above becomes much, much more difficult.
Will Indiana make it to 20 wins? And if they only gets to 20 wins, are the Hoosiers in?
Discuss this situation, in no more than 500 words, using Times New Roman font and double-spaced paragraphs. Blend information from outside sources with your own thoughts and insights to produce the most compelling argument. This paper is due by 5 p.m. today.
Check out the post-game press conference here.
[INDIANA 68, PURDUE 81] (FINAL)
Indiana loses on the road tonight to the hands of David Teague (32 points) and the Boilermakers. Despite D.J. White’s best efforts, the Hoosiers weren’t able to keep up with Purdue, trailing most of the game.
Believe it or not, Earl Calloway and Matt Painter didn’t get into a single fight all game (with the exception of the bloody fist fight before tip-off).
Ultimately, the Hoosiers lost this game because they were short handed. They were playing without Lance Stemler who had a bum ankle and Earl Calloway down the stretch because of a shoulder injury. A.J. Ratliff and Rod Wilmont were relatively average, and Xavier Keeling and Mike White failed to contribute enough to warrant extended playing time.
On the plus side, Armon Bassett played exceptionally well. His ability to create off the dribble created a lot of extra baskets for the Hoosiers. As I mentioned before, D.J. White played well — it really looks like he has extended his range this season. He drained several jumpers that I would have expected to be bricks last season.
Indiana really needs someone to step up inside for their weekend game against Michigan. They were unofficially out rebounded tonight 30-22 (with White grabbing eight).
[INDIANA 66, PURDUE 78] (1:12)
The Hoosiers are going to need Jason McElwain to pull this one out.
The “overrated” chants have started.
[INDIANA 65, PURDUE 75] (1:56)
Shaw at the line. He misses his first free throw before making his second.
IU down 10 with less than two minutes to go. The Hoosiers are going to need a little bit of a miracle to pull this one out in West Lafayette. D.J. White has really cooled down this second half after exploding for 16 in the first half. Indiana hasn’t had much production from their starters with the exception of Bassett and White.
Meanwhile, Purdue has shot exceptionally well. Specifically, Teague.
[INDIANA 64, PURDUE 73] (3:42)
Eeeech. Indiana is letting this game get away from them. With the crowd at their back, Purdue just stole the ball and had a blocking foul called on a layup. They will go to the line to make it a double-digit game at the end of this time out.
[INDIANA 62, PURDUE 71] (5:05)
Rare call. Armon Bassett drives to the lane, called for a foul but made the basket. IU gets the two points, but Purdue gets to shoot free throws becauase they are in the penalty.
Kramer at the line. As my roommate just said “this guy looks like he is good at free throws.”
He is. He made both of them.
[INDIANA 60, PURDUE 66] (6:00)
David Teague. David Teague. David Teague. 28 points — six 3-pointers. This guy is playing like Jonathan Bender in practice.
But the Hoosiers came back down and made a basket, got an offensive foul called on defense and now Bassett jsut made two free throws.
Calloway has ice on his shoulder on the bench and is looking like he is on a lot of pain. I would guess he is out for the rest of the game.
[INDIANA 54, PURDUE 60] (8:19)
I know this might sound like crazy talk, but after wearing a shirt under his jersey for most of his IU career do you think D.J. White would gain some speed if he lost the shirt next game? It’d be like when a swimmer shaves their body before the state meet or something. There is no way this would slow him down. Just throwing it out there.
Purdue keeps making big baskets. Not to give two shout outs in one blog, but my friend Doak wonders what the Big Ten record is for “and-ones” in a game.
[INDIANA 52, PURDUE 51] (11:19)
Rod Wilmont just hit a mid-range jumper to put IU back in the lead after Purdue momentarily took it over.
Just so you know, the WTTV commentarors just used the expression “see-saw” twice in 30 seconds. It reminds me of the Super Bowl last year when John Madden said Alan Faneca’s name eight times in one sentance. This should be in the YouTube Hall of Fame somewhere.
[INDIANA 50, PURDUE 49] (12:45)
Armon Bassett just made the Rod Wilmont Shot! For those not familiar, the Rod Wilmont Shot is a pull-up 3 on a fast break. This shot literally kills a little piece of me everytime I witness it — miss or make.
Xavier Keeling is coming in for the first time.
[INDIANA 47, PURDUE 48] (13:29)
It seems everytime the Hoosiers have made a run, David Teague capitalizes it with a 3. A.J. Ratliff has hit two 3s this half and is one reason the Hoosiers are making run. Indiana is really a different team with Ratliff is feeling it.
I wonder why Purdue isn’t double-teaming White yet. Landry hasn’t been doing a bad job on them, but I’d make someone else show something if I were Purdue.
My friend Doak just said, “nice call on Xavier starting. Genius!”
I don’t think Keeling has even made it out on the court.
[INDIANA 40, PURDUE 45] (15:52)
Armon Bassett is really mixing things up on offense for the Hoosiers. Due to his ball-handling ability, Bassett has been able to penetrate all night.
[INDIANA 35, PURDUE 36] (17:16)
I made it to the IU Library and back before the second half started. I was going at an Earl Calloway pace.
The Hoosiers have done a really good job of working the ball to D.J. White so far. I remember a couple of games back when Sampson told the media that he specifically told his team not to shoot 3s and to pass the ball to D.J. in the post every possesion out of the half. With the way White is playing, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sampson said something similar tonight.
White has 19 points.
[INDIANA 32, PURDUE 34] (HALFTIME)
Calloway made a runner with three seconds left to pull the Hoosiers within two…
Overall, the Hoosiers played a decent half. Indiana has hard a tough time containing David Teague and winning the battle on the boards. Part of the reason is because D.J. White is often the only guy on the court over 6-foot-3.
White has been carrying the Hoosiers, being their entire defensive presence and scoring 16 points and pulling down five rebounds. Bassett has also played well this half, despite missing a few relatively easy layups.
[INDIANA 26, PURDUE 28] (4:25)
The Hoosiers are making a nice run to close this half. They’ve taken the Purdue crowd out of it and seemed to have returned David Teague to planet Earth. Wilmont just made two free throws to make a two point game.
[INDIANA 24, PURDUE 28] (5:12)
Tough offensive foul call on Joey Shaw. Could have easily been an “and-one” – instead Boilermaker ball.
The Hoosiers have no one inside besides White. I understand that the Hoosier’s talent is located mostly at the guard positions, but don’t you have to throw in at least a second big body? Does Joey Shaw count?
I think IU has to play White with other Mike White, Keeling, or Allen at least some. Four-guard lineups are rare for a reason.
[INDIANA 17, PURDUE 26] (7:48)
That’s what I’m talking about! D.J. White versus Chris Kramer. They just got into a jump-ball fight, and D.J. started throwing elblows like Dikembe Mutumbo.
Wow! Kramer just tagged in Matt Painter and White tagged in Calloway! Someone just threw a chair…
Okay, fine, they actually shook hands and made up almsot instantly. I had a WWF fantasy for a second.
[INDIANA 15, PURDUE 23] (10:27)
Out of a timeout D.J. White just threw down one of those “oh, snap” dunks. I hope you know what I mean. He was fouled and able to convert on the free throw, his second such play tonight.
A.J. Ratliff just blocked a David Teague jumper. Thanks.
Mike White is in the game. By the way, “Mike White is in the game” is my favorite phrase in the English language. I could be watching Dutch minor league basketball, but if Mike White entered the game the Dutch would have my full undivided attention.
[INDIANA 12, PURDUE 23] (12:22)
David Teague is killing the Hoosiers. He already has three 3 pointers in the first eight minutes of this game. He made his threes over Rod Wilmont, Errek Suhr, and Joey Shaw. He’s 6-foot-5 so the Hoosiers need to put someone with some size on him — possibly A.J. Ratliff?
Indiana has missed three or four layups tonight already.
[INDIANA 15, PURDUE 8] (14:07)
The Boilermakers just went on a 7-0 run by simply outrunning the Hoosiers. You would think since Indiana starts four guards that they wouldn’t get beat up and down the court. Purdue has started off the night with some hot shooting going 5-8 from the field.
Errek Suhr and Joey Shaw just checked into the game.
Gene Keady is in the crowd tonight! Ladies and gentleman! Remarkably, Keady’s comb-over looks fuller than ever. Maybe retirement has found less stressful days for the ol’ Boilermaker coach. That or Rogaine.
[INDIANA 6, PURDUE 4] (17:38)
Speaking of ankles, Chris Kramer just went to Purdue’s locker room with what looks like a sprained ankle. On a related note, I sprained my ankle playing basketball last spring break. Except mine came at the SRSC and not Mackey Arena.
After a Wilmont three, D.J. White just made a basket and drew a foul. He made the free throw.
Just learned that Lance Stemler is out tonight with a bum ankle. Although his shooting woes have hurt the Hoosiers of late, Stemler plays a large role in the Hoosier’s rotation. Look for Xavier Keeling, A.J. Ratliff and Mike White to make up some of those minutes.
Also, A.J. Ratliff is starting in place of Stemler.
Intern here, blogging from my warm couch on Bloomington’s east side. Doug and Chris are up in West Lafayette covering the game, while I settle for my roommate’s large HDTV. Personally, I’ve been to Lafayette before…I think I’m the winner here.
As most of you know by now, this game was supposed to have gone on last night, but due to Cupid’s Blizzard, the game was suspended till tonight.
Tip-off is in about 30 minutes. I’d expect that the Hoosiers will start D. White, Calloway, Bassett, Wilmont and a mystery fifth. I gamble compulsively, so I’ll bet 10 grand that Xavier Keeling makes his second start in a row.
The biggest rivalry in the state of Indiana will take center-stage tonight when the Hoosiers and the Boilermakers square off in West Lafayette.
I saw the line somewhere had Purdue favored by 1.5 points. Obviously, this doesn’t sit well with people who observed IU’s dismantling of Purdue a couple weeks back in Assembly Hall.
So what do you think will happen tonight? Will the Hoosiers win? Will Matt Painter try and guard Earl Calloway himself? Will the Boilermakers avenge their loss?
Here are a few things I’m looking forward to tonight:
- Lance Stemler possibly breaking out of his shooting slump.
- How many times the commentators will reference the Calloway/Painter incident.
- On that note, what kind of cheers does Purdue’s student section have planned?
- Will Errek Suhr play meaningful minutes?
- Ben Allen exploding for 50?
Let me know what you think will happen tonight.
As of now, the Indiana-Purdue game is expected toÂ be played Thursday at 7, as rescheduled. Looks like roads are clearing up in the Lafayette area.
Also, WTTV will indeed show the game tomorrow night. They’ve yet to change the schedule listed on their web site, but a spokesperson there assured me the game would be televised.
According to this article from the Journal and Courier, the Lafayette area got 17 inches of snow today.
The digging out has begun.
We’ll update you later on the status of the Indiana-Purdue game now scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m.
Apparently, most of the major roads are clearing up in the north-central Indiana. But the side roads are still problems.