ScoopTalk: On Kentucky

Kentucky 90, Indiana 73


You can do some tricky things with statistics, especially in a game that has any many measures as basketball.

But you need not look askance at the one tidbit that best explains what happened here today. There’s no trickery involved.

Kentucky out-rebounded Indiana 49-24 and therefore pushed away from the Hoosiers’ most valiant effort and easily won at Assembly Hall for the first time since 1981. The Wildcats now lead the series 30-23.

Here, for your enjoyment, is what both head coaches and a few players had to say following the game.

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Christian Watford screams during Indiana’s win against Pittsburgh. The Hoosiers play host to Kentucky today. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Crean, players look ahead to Kentucky

We hardly get a full idea of how Tom Crean is feeling whenever we meet with him for interviews. He generally hurries in after practice, and few coaches are ever pleased following a practice. This is probably the mark of any truly successful person: they are rarely placated.

Today, though, you could tell that Crean feels on edge heading into the game with Kentucky. His comments were less expansive than usual. He tried to temper the excitement caused by the Pittsburgh while also setting that game up as a major building step.

He gave every indication of being the head coach for a team whose fan base felt that loving feeling a few days ago, which only expanded expectations for a rivalry game that happens to come against one of the most talented college basketball teams in the country. Few who watched last year will soon forget the way the Wildcats trounced the Hoosiers from the first whistle. And this Kentucky team is much more formidable. Of course the Hoosiers have changed a bit since then, as well.

Anyway, here are thoughts from Crean and a few of his players:

Fontan not coming Saturday; still interested in IU

Jio Fontan, a 6-foot, 185-pound point guard transferring from Fordham University, said Friday that he has a scholarship offer from Indiana and that he hopes to visit Bloomington. That visit, however, will not be Saturday for the IU-Kentucky game as was initially reported.

“I guess it was just a little bit of miscommunication between myself, the coaches and my dad,” Fontan said. “It just came down to communication. But I talked to (assistant coach Roshown McLeod) and maybe that visit will happen later on this month.” (more…)

The other live chat

At 1 p.m. today, the pork to Chris and Dustin’s chicken will begin. It’s the high school sports live chat. You’re invited, if you’d like to talk IU-related items (Matt Carlino, basketball recruiting, football recruiting, how Mo Moriarty is a sore loser, etc…).

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