We’ve added another team member to our SuperLiveBlog. The three writers for Inside the Hall — one of the very best blogs covering the Hoosiers — will join in the discussion along with writers from HoosierNation.com and the Indiana Daily Student.
One tip: if you’re following along using only this live blog, you might also want to open some sort of game-tracking program, either from Indiana’s Web site or the Big Ten Network, so that you can follow the score, stats and play-by-play more closely.
We had our usual Tuesday meeting with Indiana football coach Bill Lynch today. He was in an upbeat mood and seemed genuinely excited about playing the Bucket game against Purdue this weekend.
The only significant news to come from today is that the Hoosiers are healthier than they have been in a while at QB. Lynch will actually have the option of playing either Kellen Lewis or Ben Chappell, whereas the decision has mostly been predicated on who was healthy enough to lug himself on the field recently.
Other notes of interest:
- Junior linebacker Will Patterson (knee) will be a late week decision.
- Right tackle Mike Stark has been dealing with a back injury for a while, and it might finally sideline him this week.
- Running back Bryan Payton is still day-to-day.
- Mitchell Evans is feeling better and will probably return to special teams and wide receiver. He’s been limited by sciatica and the need for him to serve as a backup QB.
- Lynch said he has a lot of respect for Purdue coach Joe Tiller, who will coach his final game on Saturday. Tiller’s had heavy influence on the game of football in Indiana and is, according to Lynch, one of the true good guys in the profession.
- Lynch says his staff is doing everything it can “within the rules” (that’s a popular saying at IU these days) to convince high school seniors that the program is still on the upswing. One of the better players to verbal to the Hoosiers, Michigan safety/linebacker Jeremy Gainer, was in State College last weekend. He was not there to see the Hoosiers (nor has he been offered by Penn State, yet). Lynch and his staff will use the month of December to conduct official visits and, they hope, solidify the recruiting class that can sign in February.
- Lynch wouldn’t say that this is the most injuries he’s had to deal with as a coach, but admitted that he’s never seen a rash of them that has caused so much disruption of a team’s development.
The Indiana men’s soccer team was awarded the No. 6 seed for the NCAA Tournament Monday night. The Hoosiers expected to be among the top 16 seeds in the 48-team field, but were clearly rewarded for strength of schedule (No. 3 in RPI) and a strong finish to the season with three straight wins prior to Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament final against Michigan State.
The Hoosiers will play the St. Louis-Drake winner on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Armstrong Stadium. If they win that game, the Hoosiers are in line to play Michigan for a third time this season. That game would be on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium.
Just announced by IU:Â The women’s basketball team will play the loser of a WNIT game Wednesday between Oklahoma and Middle Tennessee State.
If Oklahoma loses, IU will play OU Friday at 8 p.m. in Norman, Okla.
If MTSU loses, IU will play MTSU Saturday at 8 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
According to the web site of the host school, Wisconsin, Michigan State has won the conference tournament with a 1-0 win over Indiana.
The Hoosiers out-shot the Spartans 19-6.
Kim Roberson had a chance to put IU ahead with 17.8 seconds left, but missed the first half of a 1-and-1, trailing 60-59, and Xavier got the rebound. Two Xavier free throws at 14. 1 stretched that lead to 62-59. Braun had a good look at a 3 with about two seconds left but missed.
Final Xavier 62, Indiana 59
Both teams have gone cold with defensive pressure turned up late in the game. At a timeout with 3:17 left, the score is tied at 55, and IU will be shooting two free throws when play resumes. Jamie Braun, in particular, can’t get a shot to fall (2-of-9) and isn’t on the floor right now.
With 8:30 left, this remains quite a battle. IU guard Whitney Lindsay has tied the game at 49 with a 3.
With two straight 3-pointers, Xavier has pulled ahead 44-41 with 14:05 left. The Hoosiers need to reverse the momentum soon or this is going to be another of those missed opportunities that this program has experienced as Legette-Jack has built her program.
Second half under way with Indiana scoirng the first two. Whitney Thomas just took a big shot to the nose from a Xavier elbow, but foul was called. “Are you kidding me?” Legette-Jack called out to the referees. Thomas in some pain, but she’s staying in. The Hoosier coach is definitely not pleased with the officiating this afternoon. Score: 35-33 IU with 17:01 in the game.
After Indiana dominated early, the Musketeers played more like a ranked team late in the half. With 24 seconds left in the half, though, Xavier’s 6-5 star Ta’Shia Phillips, who has just four points, picked up her third foul. On the same play, Jamie Braun limped off with what looked like might be a sprained ankle.
Halftime: Indiana 26, Xavier 21