There are few columnists in the country that I respect more than Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel. He uses his platform not to pontificate because he loves to read his thoughts or thinks you must have them in order to operate in the world but to point out injustices
I believe that’s what he’s trying to do with this column, which has drawn some harsh criticism from Indiana fans.
Read it if you haven’t. I’ll be back to discuss it in a bit and hopefully spark some good conversation.
My quick thoughts, because the discussion is already roiling: people like Wetzel need to continue to monitor the NCAA. As has been pointed out here, his anecdotal evidence might not quite add up to support his conclusion this time, but he certainly is onto something (and has been for a while, as he’s written about this issue before).
There needs to be reporters who have time to perform the essential watchdog role over the NCAA and its often bizarre processes. Mark Alesia of the Indy Star covers NCAA matters as well as anybody, but he’s got other duties, too. Writers from publications that focus on higher education (such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed) also devote some time to covering the NCAA but probably not enough to ever truly grasp the stories as well as they need to.
A short update on IU women’s basketball. I missed the first hour and a half of Thursday’s practice, but coach Felisha Legette-Jack didn’t. Maybe she wishes she had. In her words, “Sometimes you’ve got to love em up, sometimes you’ve got to drag it out of them.” Thursday there was some dragging going on, but this is no time to let up with five-game winning streak intact and a trip to West Virginia looming on Saturday.
On the injury front, Indiana sent out a press release on 6-foot-3 freshman Sasha Chaplin, who injured her left knee Tuesday against Butler. Basically, Chaplin has a doctor’s appointment early next week for further evaluation. Coach Jack said she is definitely out for the next two games, Saturday vs. the Mountaineers and the Big Ten opener against Northwestern on Dec. 20. Chaplin was at practice Thursday wearing a knee brace, but not participating in drills.
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Only due to a spate of turnovers late is the score as close as it appears. Simply put, Indiana dominated the second half.
Devan Dumes had a team high 20 points and three steals. Tom Pritchard had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
FINAL: HOOSIERS 63, BULLDOGS 41
Lindsay Enterline gets her first points as a Hoosier, while Haylie Linn and former North standout Lydia Serfling join the fray for the final minute of IU’s fifth straight victory.
3:37, SECOND HALF: Only the final score still in doubt here as Butler just has nothing in them to make a run, even when Indiana gets a little sloppy as they have several times tonight. HOOSIERS 61, BULLDOGS 36
9:48, SECOND HALF: Coach Jack has a young lineup of freshmen Ashlee Mells, Lindsay Enterline and Danilsa Andujar in the game with sophomore Andrea McGuirt and senior Whitney Thomas for a time. It didn’t really work out that well, but hopefully they learned something because Jack was giving plenty of advice heading to that timeout. Starters Jamie Braun and Kim Roberson are back now. HOOSIERS 52, BULLDOGS 33
15:19, SECOND HALF: Kim Roberson continues to shoot the ball well and Amber Jackson finally missed a shot. Felisha Legette-Jack is going deeper into her bench now with Lindsay Enterline and Danilsa Andujar into the game for the first time. HOOSIERS 48, BULLDOGS 25
Just a minute before the second half starts, but a quick update on Sasha Chaplin. The freshman is back on the court watching the Hoosiers warm up with a brace on her left knee. It doesn’t look like she will play anymore tonight, but I was told the doctors checked her out and she should be OK. No official diagnosis, but looks like just a sprain, which is good news. IU will need her size in Big Ten play, which starts Dec. 20 at Assembly Hall vs. Northwestern. HOOSIERS 39, BULLDOGS 20
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