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That’s a final. What a strange, strange game. So many fouls, so much happening on the floor but not because of the players. We’ll have more in a bit.
————-1:03, second half: Iowa 71, Indiana 66
Calloway had a great look there, getting to the lane pretty easily, and failed to get enough on the shot.
No one in the world does a better, “I’m completely innocent” face than Rod Wilmont. He spreads his hands and scrunches up his face and pleads and pleads.
3:50, second half: Iowa 66, Indiana 58
Indiana is losing its poise and not executing. D.J. White jumped out to help on the perimeter and no one gave his man even a second look, leading to a big dunk.
Anyone else surprised to see that Adam Haluska has 29 points? I knew he was having a good game but that number really jumped out at me when I saw it.
5:21, second half: Iowa 61, Indiana 56
Where’d Wilmont pull that move from? Got to the net, somehow got the ball up off the glass.
Indiana is showing some zone defense against today.
7:19, second half: Iowa 56, Indiana 53
Indiana’s two most physical forwards, D.J. White and Mike White, have four fouls each.
Iowa’s best two inside players, Seth Gorney and Kurt Looby, have four, too.
It’s been a tight game with a lot of junky stuff getting called.
11:47, second half: Iowa 49, Indiana 48
Four fouls for D.J. White, and four points. And four assists. And four turnovers. Strange.
Indiana shouldn’t be in this game. Iowa is getting to every rebound.
Ben Allen back into the game.
13:12, second half: Iowa 49, Indiana 48
Many teams have tried to double D.J. White. None have come close to doing as good a job as the Hawkeyes are doing right now.
White has to feed it back out and hope to create open looks for the guards. He did that once and Calloway hit a short jumper.
15:42, second half: Indiana 43, Iowa 42
The officials are getting most of the attention here in this half.
Sampson was livid after they blew the whistle, had a nice little 20 second chat and then decided to call a travel on Indiana.
And Iowa fans were angry about the foul on Gorney when he was helping to double D.J. White.
White, by the way, is 1-for-2 from the field. How does that happen?
Half: Indiana 37, Iowa 37
Indiana continues to send opponents to the line too many times and not get there enough.
Iowa shot 15 free throws in the first half compared to Indiana’s 7.
The Hoosiers only fouled twice more than Iowa (12-10).
58.9, first half: Iowa 37, Indiana 35
A few quick hits.
Ratliff looks like a completely different players these days. Really confident.
Ben Allen into the game. Sampson had no other choice.
Indiana is getting demolished on the boards. Iowa leads 21-9.
Keeling has twice missed the front end of one and ones.
3:25, first half: Iowa 29, Indiana 28
Wow, was Sampson fired up during that time out. He was really going after the team.
3:57, first half: Indiana 28, Iowa 28
Indiana is in foul trouble and Iowa is taking advantage. The Hoosiers just had no one on the floor taller than 6-6, and Iowa’s 6-7 Tyler Smith simply had no trouble getting a basket.
Stupid technical foul by Ratliff. Not sure if my memory is working today, but if it is I think that was the first technical of the year called on Indiana.
7:41, first half: Indiana 24, Iowa 18
Lance Stemler just can’t find any consistency shooting 3s, and when that part of his game is off he doesn’t always do the other things that make him so valuable. He seems to lose a little of the edge that is essential for a guy like him to have if he wants to be a productive player on a Division 1 team.
Meanwhile, D.J. White has taken only one shot. What’s with that? Wonder if Sampson is lecturing on that right now in the huddle.
11:21, first half: Indiana 19, Iowa 14
So, a game of 3-pointers. Wilmont’s hit four of them to give the Hoosiers this lead.
It’s interesting to see what Iowa’s doing to D.J. White this game. Looks like they’re mainly guarding the net, almost baiting White to drive to the basket. And when he tries to drive, even from just a few feet out, that causes some trouble. He stepped out of bounds on the last play. Let’s see how that develops.
15:37, first half: Indiana 10, Iowa 7
Indiana’s doing a good job on shooter Adam Haluska again, at least so far. Calloway has the assignment and he’s two inches smaller and about 40 pounds lighter. It’s won’t be easy for him.
Rod Wilmont is taking it easy today. He’s only average one 3-point attempt per minute. A couple of other times he looked like a hyper kid who needs to pee trying to get his teammates to give him the ball behind the arc.
Can the Hawkeyes manage more than 17 points in the first half this game? Something tells me they will.
Starting for the Hoosiers, no surprises: Earl Calloway, Armon Bassett, Rod Wilmont, Lance Stemler and D.J. White.
Hey, the student section here isn’t full yet! It’s not just the Indiana kids who have trouble getting to games.
The difference here is that it looks like the student sections seats are first come, first serve. As a result, the seats closest to the floor are full, making it much less of an issue.
I feel so inferior.
I can’t give you beautiful women not wearing much clothing, like Lynn Houser can on his Super Bowl blog.
It’s 10 degrees here and feels like, oh, about negative 30.
And it’s not Miami. Not that Iowa girls are all that bad — I have to say that or my girlfriend will dump me — they just aren’t so prominent.
But I will persist as best I can.
Tray Herndon, a wide receiver from Jacksonville, Fla., has given Indiana a verbal commitment.
Herndon is the 20th player who has pledged to join the Hoosiers’ 2007 recruiting class.
The Florida Sports Writers Association named the 5-foot-10, 175-pound receiver to its 2A all-state first team. Herndon broke a Jacksonsville city record with more than 1,700 receiving yards last season.
I’ve got a little advice for anybody who runs into Kelvin Sampson — Don’t ask him if the Hoosiers learned anything from the poor performance they had at Illinois after a big win at Connecticut.
A reporter asked Sampson that Friday morning at a press conference at Assembly Hall and the question appeared to annoy the Hoosier coach. He said he focuses on what’s ahead, not past games, and wonders why everybody still has to ask about the Illinois game. He said Indiana has had one bad performance in 21 games and that’s the game reporters ask him about.
The point of the question, I think, wasn’t to dwell on the Illinois game, but rather to get Sampson’s thoughts on how you get a team to stay focused after an emotional win like Wednesday’s victory over Wisconsin. Sampson ultimately did answer that question, saying he stays the same every day, win or lose, so he expects his players to do that same. “I don’t ask them for autographs,” he said.
Sampson said the Hoosiers had a very good practice Thursday.
In talking about Saturday’s game at Iowa, Sampson said the Hawkeyes have been playing their best basketball of the season since their loss to the Hoosiers on Jan. 16. The Hawkeyes played a tough game against Wisconsin last weekend, Sampson said, but lost because they just couldn’t hit open shots that afternoon.
And Iowa looked very good in winning at Ann Arbor Tuesday night, Sampson said.
“You can see why they are a good team,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough game for anybody (in Iowa City).”
We have audio up on HeraldTimesOnline.com so you can listen to the press conference yourself. Click here to listen.
It took over 14 months, but it may have been worth the wait.
Eli Holman returned to the court Thursday night and led Richmond High over Encinal-Alameda, 79-74. The IU recruit had a near triple-double, with 27 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks.
Holman was 12-of-19 from the field, and he helped Richmond rally from a nine-point deficit by putting up 19 points in the second half.
After watching ESPN2 tonight, I’m a little verklempt.
Gordon put up 43 points tonight in North Central’s victory over Loyola (Ill.). If you didn’t catch the game, you can probably check Sportscenter tonight and be rewarded. Included in the highlights was a spectacular “MJ/Dominique Wilkins-esque” breakaway dunk and several three-pointers what were in what I like to call “Rod Wilmont range.”
Bottom line, he looks he is going to be the Hoosiers best recruit since that point guard from Chicago..
Anyways, talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic. Eric Gordon is neither 18 years old, nor an athlete with visible weaknesses. Discuss.
Yes, The Herald-Times is now doing video. Intern Matt Dollinger was behind the camera last night, filming as the students stormed the floor following Indiana’s 71-66 win agaisnt No. 2 Wisconsin.
Check it out.