Dakich isn’t concerned with Sampson texting the players.
“Coach Sampson’s a pro,” Dakich says. “And the players have acted the same way.”
Dakich says that D.J. White has taken this a little bit harder than the rest of the players. Because he knows what the families are going through.
Also, Dakich thought any criticism of the players who didn’t go to practice was unfair.
Coach Bill Lynch emailed Dakich yesterday. They’re going to talk about recruiting some day soon, and about this process as a whole.
Dakich has been speaking to the signed players.
Yesterday, while he and Ray McCallum were on the road, Dakich says they called the compliance office 16 times to make sure they were doing everything by the book.
Dakich left on a recruiting trip yesterday.
He asked White to come in to chat today. Why?
“He’s really fun to talk to,” he said.
Interesting note: you can hear the construction going on above the media room. Progress on the new basketball practice facility.
As for Mike White, Dakich hopes to get him more playing time.
“He’s been valuable all year,” he says.
But there’s suddenly a jam at that position. Indiana’s got a lot of guys who can fill a role there.
On Gordon: Dakich doesn’t think he has hit a freshman wall.
“I don’t worry about Eric,” he says. “He competes.”
Dakich also doesn’t think that Gordon is bothered by the wrap on his wrist.
Dakich was so sure that Kyle Taber would eventually get a chance to play for this team that he made him a promise.
If Taber didn’t play, Dakich would have kissed his backside while standing on Kirkwood.
Luckily for both of them, Taber has played.
What makes Michigan State so tough to beat in East Lansing?
“They have great players and they have a great coach,” Dakich says.
Dakich is concerned about the psychological effect of Indiana’s prior win against Michigan State.
“Does it mean they play harder and we think, hey we beat these guys already,” Dakich says. “We can’t let that enter into it.”
Dakich says the Hoosiers’ focus is to win out. They aren’t thinking about the rest of the Big Ten race.
“We focus on what we can control,” he says.
Dakich had a long talk with D.J. White today. White says that his weight is up from where it was. Still, the Hoosiers will have a light practice today and White might not even take part.
Now Dakich is reflecting on just how difficult the last two games were.
Dan Dakich has joined us here.
Thoughts on Michigan State.
“We have to play well,” he says about the MSU game. “We have to continue to get better as we go through this. That has been the recurring theme throughout the season.”
We’ll be in our usual cyber spot, which you can find right here. You can ask questions now or drop by during the alloted hour and follow along.
Shouldn’t be a lack of things to discuss.
During the Big Ten season, I’ve heard from quite a few IU fans about their growing disappointment with not being able to watch a number of IU’s games on cable. But this is the first time I’ve heard of anyone involved with the Big Ten acknowledging candidly that the current situation is a major problem.
One of the things I hear other reporters say they like about Izzo is that he’ll tell you what he really thinks. That seems to be the case here. The Associated Press reported Tuesday night that Izzo has tried to spout the company line about the BTN, but a flood of letters and calls from frustrated fans has been too much.
“I think it has been a PR nightmare,” Izzo said. “And I think it has hurt all of us.”
Izzo, according to the story, said he has empathy for the fans who are fed up.
“We have so many things right now that we’re trying to fight — the price of tickets, the economy of our state — and then we throw this at them,” Izzo said. “I make more calls than I ever have this year to people that write to me, really upset about it. I have an older woman coming to practice (Tuesday) that I invited just because of that. It bothers me.
“Five years from now, if cable companies pick it up, does it end up better than it was and we’re just going through a bad time?” he asked. “I just don’t like the bad time being on my dime.”
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Mason Plumlee, the 25th-ranked power forward in the class of 2009, has decided to play basketball at Duke instead of a host of other schools, including Indiana. Plumlee is originally from Warsaw.
According to Rivals.com, Plumlee said he felt at ease with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and loved the school.
His high school coach at Arden Christ (NC) prep, David Gaines, spoke with Rivals’ national recruiting writer Justin Young.
“He felt very comfortable with what they had to say about how he would fit into their system and the national reputation that Duke has, all of the Final Fours and National Championships,” Gaines said. “Mason wants to be a part of that.”
Hoosier fans may have to get used to this sort of thing, as several of the program’s top 2009 targets were considering coming to Indiana to play for Kelvin Sampson. With Sampson gone, it appears unlikely they’ll continue looking heavily at Indiana.
INDIANA 72, OHIO STATE 69 (FINAL)
The Hoosiers withstand a too-little, too-late flurry (speaking of, I hear there’s a good bit of snow outside) and close out another win.
INDIANA 63, OHIO STATE 59 (45.5)
Gordon works to get the foul and then hits two free throws.
Indiana’s defense forces OSU into some clutter, but Koufus gets a 3 anyway.
INDIANA 60, OHIO STATE 56 (1:32)
Been awhile since we’ve seen Gordon play above the rim here. Nice reminder of what he can do in that cleanup of a missed Stemler 3-pointer.
But Ohio State is now doing what it hasn’t done and hitting clutch shots. Turner ducked in and got that jumper to fall. Hunter went to his left to beat White earlier.
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The Buckeyes are lucky this hasn’t turned into a blowout.
If Indiana was able to capitalize from the perimeter- they went a dismal 3-16 from behind the arc- the Hoosiers could be realistically be up by 20 or 30 points. IU, especially early on, was able to get any shot they wanted to: an open 3-pointer for Eric Gordon, a jumper from Armon Bassett or one-on-one in the post with D.J. White.
It’s not just the Hoosiers who are shooting poorly. The Buckeyes shot 9-29 from the field and only 1-12 from 3-point land. Needless to say, there’s been about 300 rebounds.
Armon Bassett is once again having a stellar game at the point guard position. The sophomore guard has 13 points at the break on 5-7 shooting. D.J. White added six points and six rebounds.
Do I see the Buckeyes scraping their way back into this game? Not unless they get away from their rushed offense where they run down the court and force the first possible shot they see. Indiana has flirted with the 2-3 zone in the first half, and for the most part, it worked. Then again, any defense they played in the first half worked. Ohio State was that bad.
We’ll see if the Hoosiers can shoot better from the perimeter. If so, we might have a blowout on our hands.
INDIANA 30, OHIO STATE 21 (HALF)
Crawford holds until about eight seconds remain, then curls toward the middle. Eventually the ball is fed into D.J. White for a contested shot, which misses. Ellis rebounds but can’t get a shot off or draw a foul.
INDIANA 30, OHIO STATE 21 (33.4)
Dakich calls a time out as his team is not playing a very tough zone now. Too loose. Also, he’ll get a chance to draw up this last possession.
INDIANA 27, OHIO STATE 15 (3:18)
Something you’ve gotta like about Eric Gordon: when he forces it and makes a foolish turnover, he gets angry and makes up for it on defense. He did that there, trying to force a pass to White. Ohio State went the other way and as Butler tried to drive the lane and dish off, Gordon was there to interfere. Bassett collected the loose ball and went the other way for a bucket.
INDIANA 23, OHIO STATE 13 (7:00)
The Buckeyes get back into with a little run. The way their offense runs — have I mentioned that they rush their shots? — I think you can expect that. But Indiana’s leaving the weak side open and Hunter is exploiting it without D.J. White in the game.
Indiana is content to shoot over the zone.
INDIANA 18, OHIO STATE 7 (11:06)
White’s two monster dunks — he knows no other way — ignite the crowd here.
Ohio State is in such a rush on offense. And Indiana is just taking their rebounds and flying back up the court. As evidenced by that Jordan Crawford dunk after a quick transition.
INDIANA 10, OHIO STATE 4 (15:57)
Gordon hits a 3 and Lighty gets to the line and hits one.
The Hoosiers have nine rebounds. The Buckeyes have one.
INDIANA 7, OHIO STATE 3 (16:36)
Late-arriving crowd here, as the balcony and some of the lower sections remain bare at tip.
Indiana misses three shots — two 3s and a put back — on its first possession. On its second Eric Gordon gets open for 3 and misses, then grabs his own rebound and drives. He tries to dish off for White but throws the ball out of bounds. Gordon walks to end Indiana’s third possession.
Ohio State is trying to press Indiana a little bit to take advantage of the shaky start. But D.J. White is able to get a bucket inside and then Bassett makes a spectacular little play to spin the ball off glass and draw a foul.
At the other end, Ohio State is showing that it is not afraid to shoot the ball. Head coach Thad Matta said yesterday that he thinks the Buckeyes shoot more than any team in America. That has held true tonight.
In his second game as the head coach, Dakich will send out Armon Basssett, Eric Gordon, Jamarcus Ellis, Lance Stemler and D.J. White to start the game.
Tip in a few minutes.