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IU women at Northwestern: Discuss it there

I won’t be at tonight’s game in Evanston, Ill., but the IDS’ Jeremy Rosenthal will. He will be hosting a live in-game chat and updates on his Above the Rim blog. Click the link to join, and I’ll check in a few times to see how the Hoosiers are doing in their final regular-season road game.


You’ve got questions …

I’ve got answers, maybe. I’ll be joining in this week’s IU sports chat on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the intention of taking on any IU soccer or women’s basketball questions you may have. Click here to submit a question or join the discussion on Thursday.


Dumes will play against Wisconsin

Devan Dumes has served his time.

The junior guard will return to Indiana’s lineup Thursday night against Wisconsin.

Dumes, who leads the team in scoring, missed the last two games as a punishment for several elbowing incidents that occurred against Michigan State.

“We think we’ve covered the ground that needed to be covered,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said after practice today.


Live audio of Bloomington South-Detroit Country Day

Here’s a heads-up on our coverage for Saturday’s big Bloomington South (17-0)/Detroit Country Day (18-0) game that will offer by far the biggest challenge IU recruit Jordan Hulls and his South teammates have faced this season.

Thanks to WGCL, HTO will be able to provide a live audio feed of WGCL’s broadcast of the game. What this means is that anyone who can’t make it to the game or to the radio can listen to all the action on HTO. Brought to you by HeraldTimesOnline.com and www.wgclradio.com. We’ll have a link to that coverage here on HoosiersHQ.com.

The pre-game broadcast will start at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, with tip-off at 4:30, so you can catch this game immediately after IU’s 2 p.m. game at Purdue.

H. Williams Kellenberger and I will both be at the game, and our live coverage will include Hugh’s Twitter feed of stats and updates (available on the lefthand side of Quick Hits, or as txt updates on your cell phone) and a live, in-game chat with fans, similar to our HoosiersHQ.com live game chats.

We’ll have more, of course, but this is the immediate, live game coverage. Thanks to our partners at WGCL for helping to make this live audio feed happen.

As you may know, USA Today’s rankings this week have Detroit Country Day ranked No. 4 in the country and Bloomington South No. 5. I don’t put a lot of stock on national high school rankings, but having two teams listed in the Top 5 has added a lot of interest to this game. The last of the tickets for the game sold out today.

ESPN, which has named the game its national high school game of the week, provides a run-down on Detroit Country Day’s imposing starting lineup: 6-foot-11 DaShonte Riley, 6-8 Donnovan Kirk (signed with Miami) and 6-5 Jordan Dumars (South Florida), Bennie Sowler (Michigan State for football) and 6-1 junior Ray McCallum.


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Deadspin: IU resurgence not coming soon (if at all)

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Illinois 65, Indiana 52

Mike Davis dunks, much to the displeasure of Kyle Taber.

(Click on the photo above and be rewarded by seeing a photo gallery from this game, comprised of work by Chris Howell, who was officially given the title we all knew he deserved on Saturday when he was named top sports photographer in the state.)

Well, this nationally-televised game probably tells the story of the year for the Hoosiers as well as anything could. Indiana was severely over-matched and fell behind 36-15 in the first half before finding a way to get within six in the second half. Certainly Illinois got a little complacent with such a big lead, but Indiana also figured out ways to close the gap. Tom Crean employed the line and three defense (in which forward Kyle Taber and Tom Pritchard essentially zone the paint and the three guards chase) while also opting to play off of Chester Frazier. So it was Frazier, of course, who hit a pivotal deep 3 to make it 57-48 with 4:56 left.

Indiana missed 13 free throws. Do some quick math and you’ll see that those shots could have sent this game to overtime.

Click here for the box score.

Click here to read the Associated Press game story.

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