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Jamie Braun’s steal on Cincinnati’s next possession clinched the win for IU along with a pair of Hope Elam free throws. HOOSIERS 64, BEARCATS 57
0:31.8: An unlikely hero for IU. Andrea McGuirt comes in and hits the go-ahead 3. After a defensive stop, Hope Elam hits a baseline jumper. HOOSIERS 62, BEARCATS 57
1:28: Cincinnati took a brief lead with 2:14 to go. A Chaplin free throw tied it, and IU has the ball now. HOOSIERS 57, BEARCATS 57
3:54: This has gone from a game IU had firmly in their grasp to: Can the Hoosiers hang on? HOOSIERS 54, BEARCATS 50
7:07: A rash of IU turnovers has helped Cincinnati tremendously. Bearcats got within four points a moment ago, but Hope Elam’s jumper restores the lead to six. We’ll see if IU can regroup down the stretch against a Cincinnati team gaining confidence. HOOSIERS 54, BEARCATS 48
10:00: Cincinnati cut the lead to 45-39, but a Jamie Braun 3 stemmed the tide, then Braun got a layup on a nice assist from Hope Elam to put IU back up by 11. HOOSIERS 50, BEARCATS 39
11:56: IU giving up too may offensive rebounds and making too many turnovers right now as Cincinnati tries to creep back into it. HOOSIERS 45, BEARCATS 34
15:13: Indiana started the half with a 5-2 run to go up 16, and we’ve settled into another lull since then. HOOSIERS 43, BEARCATS 29
A very good half of basketball for Indiana, who finishes matching its largest lead of the game. Hope Elam’s 3 put IU up 32-19. After Cincinnati got within 33-23, Jamie Braun’s 3 with 40 seconds left in the half restored the 13-point margin.
Elam leads IU with 9 points, and Jori Davis has 7 off the bench. IU does have 10 turnovers, but has forced 12 Cincinnati turnovers. Side note, the Bearcats do feature a trio of Indiana products in Elese Daniel of South Bend Clay, Kahla Roudebush of Hamilton Southeastern and Daress McClurg of Lawrence North. HOOSIERS 36, BEARCATS 23 (more…)
An IU spokesperson has said that it appears unlikely that sophomore guard Matt Roth will be able to play in Puerto Rico. He has rejoined the team after having x-rays, and will be evaluated further when Indiana returns to Bloomington following the tournament.
Sophomore guard Matt Roth injured his right foot at Indiana’s first practice of the day Wednesday. He was taken for x-rays, and at this point, the Hoosiers are uncertain as to the extent of the injury or whether he will play tomorrow. He was not at Indiana’s shootaround at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
I got to watch Indiana’s shootaround, though I was told that whatever happened there was “off the record.” I don’t know if that meant what was said or what was actually done. One way or another, you didn’t miss much.
There’s one thing I’d like to point out, though, which may make a difference in this tournament and it may not. The court at the Coliseo plays weird. When the ball hits floor, it sounds hollow, and I think there are dead spots out there. Not sure if that helps any team more than another, and not sure if it affects anyone at all. Just something to think about.
I’m not sure what to make of this exactly.
Maybe it’s another sign that newspapers are losing money and that very few are willing or able to send reporters to cover games off the U.S. mainland. Maybe it’s a sign that even though the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament has a strong field, it still hasn’t built up its brand to the level of say, the Maui Invitational. Maybe it’s just a sign that there wasn’t a lot of notice about when coaches would be available for interviews today and no one even realizes these guys are here.
One way or the other, each coach has been available for 15 minutes before their respective practices at the Coliseo de San Juan since 9:55 a.m. , which I found out at about 9:50 this morning when I was told I was in the process of missing Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy’s availability. When I showed up around noon, I was told I was the first media member to arrive. Two more guys have arrived since I got here, and one of them is from the Carribbean Sports Network, and, I believe, lives on the island.
Regardless, instead of sitting in for the press conferences I was expecting to have all day, I have one-on-ones. I don’t have a lot of them, because I missed Ole Miss (trying to contact their SID to get a mulligan on that) and George Mason, Villanova bailed, Indiana and Boston are later and Georgia Tech isn’t coming. I do have Q&A’s with Dayton’s Brian Gregory and Kansas State’s Frank Martin, which I hope you find somewhat interesting.
From Indiana University:
In anticipation of heavy traffic, fans planning to attend Saturday’s IU vs. Purdue football game (3:30 p.m. EST) are advised to arrive at Memorial Stadium as early as possible. (more…)
Indiana guard Devan Dumes takes a jump shot over USC-Upstate’s Ryan LeGates during the second half Monday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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Fans hold up signs before the Howard game Friday encouraging top-10 recruit Josh Selby to commit to Indiana. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Josh Selby’s mother Maeshon Witherspoon said that the five-star guard’s unofficial visit to Bloomington went well this past weekend, but said there is a lot she and her son still want to know about Indiana.
Two of the things Witherspoon said would be very important in Selby’s decision would be style of play and team chemistry. Witherspoon said she and her son got to watch IU practice Saturday, but that they didn’t feel like that gave them a clear idea of the Hoosiers’ style.
“We’re going to have to pay attention to their games and watch how they play,” she said. “Some of those schools that are recruiting him, I grew up watching a lot of those schools, we kind of know what they expect to do. We have to pay close attention to Indiana’s games to see what their style is.”
Witherspoon also said she and Selby expect to learn alot about the Hoosiers’ team chemistry by watching them throughout the season.
“They’re young,” Witherspoon said. “So we’ll be paying attention to how they play through adversity. Do they fight back when they’re down?”
Witherspoon did say that she and her son were impressed by coach Tom Crean.
“He really understands the game of basketball,” she said.
She also said she’s been impressed with the recruiting efforts of assistant coach Roshown McLeod, a former Duke star and four-year NBA player.
“Roshown is a great guy,” Witherspoon said. “With him having played in the NBA as long as he had, I think he’d been asset to any kid. … He’s been upfront and honest with us throughout the whole process.”
Selby has already visited and is working to schedule a visit to Kentucky. He will also take visits to Miami and Syracuse.
Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch said this week “certainly means a lot” to him.
He recalled growing up in Indianapolis that you were either a Purdue guy or an Indiana guy. As athletic director Fred Glass had noted minutes earlier, many a spurt of fisticuffs on the playground had been caused by this divide.
Which side was Lynch on?
Purdue, of course. His father was a graduate.
Lynch tried to temper this revelation by saying that many of his role-models attended Indiana and played football, giving him an appreciation for the Hoosiers at a young age. But, come on, who really betrays their father when it comes to rooting for sports teams? That’s a sacred bond.
But Lynch said he never engaged in any recess scuffles. He was the buck-toothed kid with glasses who ran and hid, he said. Again, this is not entirely believable from a guy who went on to play both football and basketball at Butler. He probably had some toughness in him somewhere.
As for the game itself, Lynch said it will be emotional for the senior class. Last year’s 62-10 embarrassment at the hands of the Boilermakers is on the minds of everyone, Lynch said. But he doesn’t want revenge to become too much of a factor. He leery of getting carried away with motivation because it might take away from the process of actually preparing for the next game.
We’ll have more on this game, and the future of the IU program, later today and for the rest of the week.
For now, here’s some audio to listen to.
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