IU releases basketball schedule

By   |   Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2008 - 2:01 PM   |   7 comments


Here’s the release from IU to accompany the schedule:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s basketball team could play as many as 11 teams which played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament during the coming season. The Big Ten Conference released its schedule today with times and television assignments listed for all 18 league games and will finalize times and television for each school’s non-conference schedule later this week. Each of the Hoosiers 30 regular season games will appear either on the Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. IU will play 15 games in Assembly Hall, four games on a neutral court and 11 road games.

“Considering our circumstances, we are very thankful to have the opportunity to be on national television the number of times that we will be this season,” said first-year Coach Tom Crean. “The day-to-day coverage that our program will get via the Big Ten Network is so important for us. Not many programs have a 24-hour vehicle to exclusively reach so many alumni, family, friends and fans. We are very fortunate that there is so much interest in Indiana basketball.”

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Rejoice! For ye shall know the schedule

By   |   Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2008 - 11:08 AM   |   6 comments


This means Indiana might release its full schedule any second.

I eagerly await your e-mail, J.D. Campbell.

Looks like the Hoosiers will once again open the conference season in Iowa City, this time on Jan. 3. Should be warm. Also, the Hoosiers play Purdue just once again. This time at Mackey Arena.

Here’s the release . . . and the full Big Ten men’s basketball television schedule can be accessed by clicking right here.


Park Ridge, Ill.—For the second consecutive year, every men’s basketball conference regular-season and tournament game will be nationally televised. The Big Ten Conference’s media agreements result in over 100 games appearing nationally on CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network.

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An awkward experience

By   |   Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2008 - 9:07 AM   |   22 comments

I’ve been slowly working my way through the film of Indiana’s 31-13 win against Western Kentucky. And by film, I mean that I DVRed the game and have been watching it instead of Seinfeld reruns. No laughs for me.

I’ll admit, as I have admitted many times before, to not being a very typical sports fans. My job necessitates a different outlook on things. But I have to tell you that I find watching the Big Ten Network incredibly awkward.

First, let me start with the commercials. About 70 percent of the commercials broadcast during the game were for Big Ten schools. These spots implored me to go to Michigan and Wisconsin and Indiana and Michigan State. There was triumphant music and slow-motion video of the sun rising over campus and pretty girls smiling and people trying to cure cancer and the whole deal. I was so moved that I have since applied to each of the above schools.

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No-huddle a success, says Lynch and Co.

By   |   Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2008 - 3:56 PM   |   2 comments

Besides the absence of Kellen Lewis, no issue swirled around the Indiana football team more than its implementation of a no-huddle offense. Then, when Lewis was reinstated but had to earn his starting job back because he’d missed playing spring ball sans huddle, the stories became intertwined.

On Tuesday at his press conference, Indiana coach Bill Lynch said he was pleased with how Lewis ran the offense in IU’s 31-13 win against Western Kentucky Saturday.  The only thing he hopes to improve is game management when Indiana needs to run the clock. Late in the game against the Hilltoppers, Lewis ended up standing at the line with 35 seconds on the 40-second play clock and not running as much time off as possible.

“That’s something we really didn’t practice much, so we will work on that,” Lynch said.

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Lewis co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

By   |   Monday, Sep. 1, 2008 - 11:33 AM   |   7 comments

Released this morning by IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Kellen Lewis picked up his fifth career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, the conference announced Monday morning. Lewis shared the award with Illinois quarterback Juice Williams. Lewis is the first Hoosier since current Washington Redskin Antwaan Randle El (six from 1998-2001) to earn five conference POW honors.

Randle El and Anthony Thompson (1986-89) hold the IU record with six Big Ten weekly accolades. Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne (1996-99) holds the league record with nine Player of the Week awards.

Lewis and the Hoosiers knocked off Western Kentucky, 31-13, in the team’s season opener on Saturday. With his 11-yard touchdown pass to Ray Fisher against Western Kentucky, the junior topped Antwaan Randle El on the school’s career passing touchdown list. Lewis would add a second TD later in the ballgame to give him 44 for his career, passing Randle El’s total of 42. He finished the day completing 17-of-27 for 144 yards.

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Live soccer: Akron at IU

By   |   Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 - 1:57 PM   |   10 comments

The Hoosiers and Zips are set to kick it off at 2:05. Feel free to follow along and chat here while you watch the game on the Big Ten Network. The IU lineup is expected to remain the same with the exception of Neil Wilmarth replacing Darren Yeagle at forward.

Something to look for is IU’s Ofori Sarkodie and Akron’s Kofi Sarkodie going head-to-head. Both are defenders, so restarts and corners would be when they’re most likely to collide.

Stay logged on for IU soccer.

30:00, first half

Indiana definitely has come out more aggressive than on Friday night, but the Hoosiers must be careful. The Zips have some dangerous attackers — Steve Zakuani has already had a couple of good looks at the goal.

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FINAL: Indiana 31, WKU 13

By   |   Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 - 3:08 PM   |   19 comments

Kellen Lewis breaks on through.

Here’s why Kellen Lewis’ re-ascendancy to the starting QB spot was inevitable: he twice broke long runs for touchdowns Saturday to lead Indiana to a 31-13 win against Western Kentucky in its season-opener at Memorial Stadium.

Lewis bolted 75 yards down the middle of the field to open the scoring at 7:06 of the first quarter. Then, after the Hoosiers sagged under the heat and the pace of a game played between two no-huddle teams, Lewis ran 62 yards into the end zone early in the fourth quarter to ensure the win. Indiana had come out with five wide receivers spread across the field. Lewis never even looked at them.

We’ll have more coverage after we conduct post-game interviews.

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