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Buzzer-beater for soccer Hoosiers

Soccer is not a sport that lends itself to last-second shots with the exception of a penalty-kick shootout. But that’s essentially what the Indiana soccer team got last Friday night when Will Bruin powered home the game-winning score with 11 seconds remaining for a 3-2 win.

That came after Penn State had the apparent go-ahead goal wiped off by an offsides call just 10 seconds earlier, and the Hoosiers had tied the game at 2 with just over 12 minutes to go. IU coach Todd Yeagley admitted the finish was an unusual one.

“I’ve been involved with a couple games like that, you just don’t see it often,” he said. “And the emotional swing from scoring to tie it and we had a lot of momentum, them getting the goal called back off the offsides, the emotional roller coaster we were on was incredible. That was an exciting game.”

The excitement returns to Armstrong Stadium Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. when Evansville visits.


Lyles and Blackmon rankings

I am loathe to lend too much credence to player recruiting rankings, generally. And we’re talking Class of 2014 here. And ESPN’s player rankings can be especially “squirrelly.” But given all that, here is where Indianapolis Arsenal Tech frontliner Trey Lyles and Fort Wayne Bishop Luers guard James Blackmon — who have now given verbal commitments to attend Indiana — are in ESPN’s national rankings for the Class of 2014:

Lyles, No. 1;

Blackmon, No. 7.

I’ve only seen brief film on these players, culled from their play as AAU teammates for a Spiece squad, but even that small snippet was enough to impress. Lyles struck me a little bit like a young Jared Jeffries, who I was privileged to see develop into an outstanding player very early in his high school career. And, like Jeffries, Lyles has had a bit of a growth spurt here in his freshman year of high school.

That’s the thing to remember. These players are prep freshmen yet to play a game for their respective high school teams.

But suffice to say that IU fans should have more and more reasons to get out and watch some good in-state high school teams play over the next few years, if the latest trend in verbal commitments persists.


Lynch: Robinson “Scary Good”

Many of the questions Bill Lynch faced in his press conference on Monday centered around one man, and Lynch certainly understood why.

“Denard Robinson is scary good,” the Indiana football coach said.

Indeed, the Michigan sophomore quarterback is. Heading into the Wolverines’ 3:30 p.m. game at Memorial Stadium, Robinson leads the nation in rushing yards with 688. He’s scored six touchdowns and has a gaudy yards per carry average of 8.7. He’s also completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 731 yards and four scores against just one interception. He averages just under 50 yards of total offense more than the No. 2 competitor in the category in the Big Ten, Northwestern’s Dan Persa.

So Lynch was asked repeatedly and in various forms how an Indiana defense that was gashed for 160 yards by Akron this week could hope to contain such an explosive player.

Lynch admitted there’s no magic formula, and that it simply comes down to brilliant execution of the basics. (more…)


Replogle back on depth chart; Ewald ahead of Freeland

It’s unknown yet whether this is a sign of his return, but senior linebacker Tyler Replogle is listed as the starting strongside linebacker on the depth chart this week. In another interesting change, Mitch Ewald is listed as the starting kicker ahead of Nick Freeland, who has missed the last two games with a hip injury.

The rest of the starters mostly remain the same, but there are some interesting shifts among the backups. After starting at right guard on Saturday, Justin Pagan is listed as the backup at left guard again. Cody Faulkner who had been listed as the backup right guard, is no longer on the depth chart, replaced by redshirt freshman Pat McShane.

The rest of the depth chart follows. (more…)


Indiana-Ohio State game set for noon

From Indiana Sports Info:


IU-OHIO STATE TO KICK AT NOON ON ESPN OR ESPN2

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana’s game at No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 9, will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 and will kick off at noon EDT, the conference announced Monday. The final determination on which network will carry the contest will be made following this weekend’s games.

The Hoosiers (3-0) and Buckeyes (4-0) will do battle in Columbus at Ohio Stadium. All games can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Buck Suhr and Joe Smith) and on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Game times are predicated on the Big Ten Conference television agreement with ABC, the Big Ten Network, ESPN and ESPN2 and are often not announced until 12 days before kickoff.

Entering the 111th season of Big Ten football with a perfect 3-0 mark, the Indiana football team opens conference play this weekend against No. 20/19 Michigan (4-0) for the second straight year. The Hoosiers and Wolverines will meet at Memorial Stadium (52,929) on Saturday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. EDT and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

IU is looking for its sixth 4-0 start in school history and its first since 1990. Indiana is also looking for its first victory over Michigan since 1987 and its first conference-opening win since 2001 (at Wisconsin).


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IU-Northwestern Men's Basketball

Indiana coach Tom Crean secured his second class of 2014 commit Sunday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Lyles commits to Indiana

Trey Lyles has given a verbal commitment to Indiana, the Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep is reporting.

I am working to confirm this now.

Lyles is a 6-foot-9 forward in the class of 2014. He’s an AAU teammate of James Blackmon Jr. and was first recruited by Indiana head coach Tom Crean last season, as an eighth-grader.

9:21 p.m. UPDATE: Confirmed.

9:50 p.m. UPDATE: Just spoke with Tom Lyles, Trey’s father.

“It is what Trey wanted to do,” said Tom Lyles, his father. “He has been talking about it for a while. I had told him, ‘No, you don’t want to do that for a while.’ But he was adamant. Me and him and his mom talked about it and he proved positive that he wanted to play for coach Crean and IU.”

Lyles came to campus Sunday for an unofficial visit knowing he would commit, Tom said.

“Trey said what was on his mind and spoke how he felt,” Tom said. “He said where he wanted to be and what he wanted to do.”

It came down to Indiana and North Carolina, Tom said. They had visited Ohio State last week and Purdue was also interested.

“He really has been adamant the last few years that he wanted to go to IU,” Tom said. “When IU came into the picture it was a no-brainer.”

One interesting note: Lyles and Blackmon are friendly, but certainly not close (at least not yet). Indianapolis Tech and Fort Wayne Luers both have holes on their schedule this season, and Tom said the schools are working on scheduling a matchup.


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