So I just realized how much I babbled in the below post (it’s a rare occasion, really) and thought I would pull out the big news:
- Verdell Jones is sore today after being knocked out of Sunday’s game against Cornell by a devastating (but clean) screen by Jeff Foote. IU’s medical staff is treating Jones as if he has a concussion, and Crean said he is day-to-day at this point.
- Crean isn’t so mad at his players for not calling out the screen to Jones after watching video. Turns out most of the players were already at the other end of the court, he said.
- Wake Forest, which Indiana plays Wednesday in Winston-Salem as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, is the most athletic team the Hoosiers have seen this year. Crean thinks Jeff Teague, the Deamon Deacons point guard and an Indianapolis Pike grad, could soon be compared to Chris Paul.
I’m incredibly late on this, but it needs to be addressed: Dan Dakich absolutely did the right thing when he defended the players that he warred with on last year’s team.
To recap briefly: former Indiana player Joe Hillman was quoted in The Indianapolis Star calling some of last year’s players “punks” and “bad guys.”
Dakich fired back, calling Hillman’s comments “reprehensible” and pointing out that two of the former players who’d been quoted in the article had been arrested for public stupidity during their years at IU, while only one player (DeAndre Thomas) was arrested last season and that was for driving with a suspended license.
Dakich is known for great lines, and he didn’t dissapoint during his rant as he talked about the differences in Joe’s homelife as a kid and that of Jamarcus Ellis:
“While Joe Hillman was playing golf at a country club,Â Jamarcus Ellis was living in a car.”
Straight from IU director of communications J.D. Campbell:
“Verdell (Jones) was taken to the hospital out of precaution and evaluation.Â All studies were normal, there was no evidence of serious injury and he was released.Â His status will continue to be monitored.”
Jones was immobilized and taken off the Assembly Hall floor on a stretcher after running into a Cornell pick during the first half Sunday.
Indiana handled the defending Ivy League Champions, pulling away in the second half.
Tom Pritchard was 7-for-7 from the field, despiting battling a thin 7-foot center and a wide 6-7 forward. And the Hoosiers improved from the free throw line, going 15-for-19. They were hitting just 64 percent heading into the game.
Ryan Wittman, the son of former Indiana star Randy, had a game high 28 points.
Because if you don’t discuss it here, you’ll miss the truth as spouted by the HoosierNation, Indiana Daily Student and Inside The Hall writers. Seems foolish to miss it, if you ask me.
FINAL: It’s on to St. John’s for Indiana, now just a win away from another College Cup. HOOSIERS 3, WOLVERINES 0
8:27, SECOND HALF: Indiana just piling on now. John Mellencamp gets in alone and finishes to removed any lingering doubt of this outcome. HOOSIERS 3, WOLVERINES 0
13:10, SECOND HALF: Michigan was coming fast and furious in an attempt to equalize, but Indiana mounts a counterattack that ends with Andy Adlard beating Michigan to the end line, then chipping the ball across the box where Brad Ring volleys it home to the delight of hundreds. HOOSIERS 2, WOLVERINES 0
22:18, SECOND HALF: Call it physical, call it chippy, call it NCAA Tournament soccer. Neither one of these teams is going down without a fight, but the Indiana defense has been superb so far. They’re not allowing any of Michigan’s super trio of scorers room to maneveur. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0
30:46, SECOND HALF: We’re well under way in the second half, and Indiana has narrowly missed a couple chances to increase the lead, most notably Kevin Noschang’s breakaway shot wide less than two minutes in. IU captain Brad Ring took a tumble on a hard foul moments ago, and stayed down for a minute holding his side. Hoosiers can only hope he didn’t reaggravate the hip injury that caused him to miss six games. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0
HALFTIME: The Hoosiers are halfway to the NCAA quarterfinals with the lead on Michigan. The Hoosiers have an 11-5 advantage in shots, so it’s a good thing they already have a goal. The team with the most shots has lost the first two meetings between these teams this season. Indiana will need to stay on the gas in the second half because Michigan has the offensive talent to make this interesting. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0
8:49, FIRST HALF: A break in the action here as Michigan’s Peri Merosevic is down after taking a Daniel Kelly cleat to the leg. Kelly was called for the foul and shown a yellow card despite knocking the ball away cleanly on the play. In other NCAA games today, Creighton defeated UConn, 2-1, and Maryland topped California, 2-1. UNC-Greensboro and South Florida are tied at 0 in the first half. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0
11:08, FIRST HALF: Indiana’s Andy Adlard puts the Hoosiers on top in the 34th minute. The ball caromed off a Michigan defender just inside the 18 and Adlard hit a right-footed volley into the bottom left corner for the goal. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0
Join me back here on the Scoop in a few hours for live updates and discussion on tonight’s NCAA Tournament game at Armstrong Stadium. The sixth-seeded Hoosiers host No. 11 seed Michigan in the third round. The two teams have split 1-0 decisions so far this season.
You can also see a live broadcast via www.iuhoosiers.com. Here’s a direct link.