McDonough, Raftery join Crean on radio show

Tom Crean walked into the Crowne Plaza hotel on Monday night, found Sean McDonough at the bar and either bear-hugged him or put him in a choke-hold. I was behind them so I couldn’t tell. Regardless, McDonough and broadcast partner Bill Raftery, who are doing tomorrow’s Maryland-IU game on ESPN2, were in attendance, so Crean and Don Fischer put them to work and brought them on the radio show.

There was, of course, much prasing of Crean’s program and comparison of his situation at Indiana to the one he inherited at Marquette before leading the Golden Eagles to a Final Four appearance. (more…)

Perez a ‘magic man’ in state title game

IHSA Class 8A Football

Maine South’s Matt Perez (32) breaks a tackle on his way to his third of five touchdowns during the IHSA Class 8A high school championship football game against Marist, Saturday, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

I am from the Chicago area, so when I was checking in on state title scores I came across more news on Matt Perez.

I figured it was worth the update.

To start, he eclipsed 2,000 yards on the season after sitting out the entire week’s practices due to injury, and his Maine South Hawks ended their second consecutive perfect season in Illinois’ largest class.

But most impressive were the numbers from the game: 27 carries for 316 yards and five touchdowns, and five receptions for 50 yards. The rushing yards and scores are new Class 8A title game records.

“He is magic,” Maine South offensive coordinator Charlie Bliss told the Sun-Times. “He is our magic man. He was hurt all week. The doctors said he looked like he got hit by a car and he just came out and played like that.”

Opposing coach Pat Dunne told the Sun-Times, “Matt Perez is by far, the best back I’ve seen.”

Perez finished the season with 208 carries for 2,246 yards and 34 touchdowns, and 35 catches for 441 yards and two touchdowns.

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Tom Crean is asking for a packed Assembly Hall when Indiana plays host to Maryland on Tuesday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Soccer loses

The Indiana men’s soccer team lost to North Carolina today, 1-0.

That ends Indiana’s season with a 12-10-1 overall record.

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Indiana guard Maurice Creek defends against Northwestern State on Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Audio from postgame

Again, Tom Crean far too epic for my computer, but here’s what everyone else had to say about Saturday’s game.

Audio: Mike McConathy

Audio: Devan Dumes

Audio: Maurice Creek

Audio: Derek Elston and Christian Watford

Hoosiers exorcise Demons

Indiana got a win it needed to have, beating Northwestern State 90-72 in a game sandwiched in between the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament and brutal non-conference games against Maryland, Pittsburgh and Kentucky.

The Hoosiers were playing an athletically inferior opponent, but still showed significant improvement since Puerto Rico. They held the Demons to 40.4 percent shooting and caused 23 turnovers. Freshman forwards Christian Watford and Derek Elston both looked much more comfortable, with Watford scoring 17 points and Elston scoring 12. Freshman guard Maurice Creek tied Watford for the team lead with 17 points. Senior guard Devan Dumes had 11 and Jeremiah Rivers had six points, seven rebounds and a game-high 10 assists.

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