Indiana junior guard Jamarcus Ellis is expected to play tomorrow night when the Hoosiers play either Minnesota or Northwestern at 9 p.m. He is practicing with the team today.
Ellis was suspended for the Hoosiers’ final game of the season at Penn State and spent the week trying to work his way back into the good graces of interim coach Dan Dakich.
On Tuesday, Dakich described Ellis’ status as “up in the air” but also said his return was “up to him.”
Ellis, who was the only conference player to finish in the top 10 in rebounds, steals and assists, was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection by the media.
Dakich has not said what Ellis did to get suspended.
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The former Hoosier, who played sparingly as a freshman last year, played at a junior college near his Alabama home this season and averaged 9.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals for Wallace State, which was No. 1 for a long time before being upset recently.
Those assists numbers stood out to me. Keeling was cast as a grinder in his short time at IU — though he always seem to have a promising level of athleticism â€” but we never saw anything that would indicate he could pass that well.
As the year-end basketball awards starting to roll in, Indiana’s D.J. White and Eric Gordon are – not surprisingly – receiving a few accolades.
Today, IU announced that Sporting News has named White a second-team All-American and put Gordon on its All-Freshman team.
White and Gordon have also both been named All-District by the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association and are on the list of 24 players still in the running for the Wooden Award for college basketball’s best player.
Here’s a complete rundown on those awards:
The Sporting News All-American team
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
Michael Beasley, Kansas State
Kevin Love, UCLA
Chris Douglas Roberts, Memphis
D.J. Augustin, Texas
D.J. White, Indiana
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Ryan Anderson, California
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
Stephen Curry, Davidson
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The Sports Business Journal has reported this week that the Big Ten Network and Comcast haveÂ put togetherÂ the frameworkÂ for an agreementÂ to carry the BTN on Comcast.
Such an agreement – although itÂ would come too late for this basketball season -wouldÂ bringÂ an endÂ toÂ theÂ situation that has frustratedÂ and angered cable subscribersÂ with many Indiana basketball and football gamesÂ not availableÂ on cable.
The agreement with Comcast would put theÂ BTN on expanded basic cable, according to the story, butÂ itÂ could still takes weeks or even monthsÂ for this to happen as negotiators work out the details of the deal.
Comcast has 5.8 million customers andÂ has justÂ become the cable provider in the Bloomington area. Â Â
To read the entire story in the Sports Business Journal, click here.
“On a day to day basis, the players have worked really hard,” Dakich says. “They’ve gone to class, they’ve been held accountable when they don’t go to class. Everything’s been held accountable.”
That was Dakich assessing the state of the team right now.
Another question about Ellis and whether he’ll play Friday: “I would think.”
Ellis is the type of guy Dakich likes, he says. He’s emotional, he deals with his feelings and plays hard.
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Here’s a list of the award winners from the Hoosier basketball team’s annual banquet last night at the IU Memorial Union.
We asked if these would be available last night, but IU decided to wait to release them today.
The awards were either voted on by the team or were based on specific measurable criteria.
2008 Men's Basketball Awards
Chris Nusbaum, Manager
Brian Roberts, Manager
Student-Athlete of the Year
Take Charge Award
Community Award (Community Service)
Hoosier Board Award
Tight White Award (Scout Team)
Most Improved Player
Mr. Hustle Award
Best Defensive Player Award
Best Rebounder Award
Landon Turner Most Inspirational Award
Academic Achievement Award
Outstanding Player Award