NORTHWESTERN 37, INDIANA 35 (HALF)
Crawford hits another 3 — kid has got some chutzpah â€” to cut it to two as Indiana prepares to hear its first half-time speech by head coach Dan Dakich.
NORTHWESTERN 37, INDIANA 32 (38.9)
That’s the type of play that can change a game. Jamarcus Ellis gets on the floor to corral a loose ball. Then Crawford, in transition, stops and coldly hits a 3-pointer.
But Northwestern counters by sneaking in again for an easy lay in.
White has the ball knocked away, and the Wildcats head the other way. White doesn’t. It appears he has hurt his hand. But he’s staying in the the game.
NORTHWESTERN 33, INDIANA 26 (3:01)
There’s a though. Just lob it into D.J. That cuts it to 30-26.
But Craig Moore comes back with a 3-pointer, and another lob into D.J. does reach him. It’s batted away and stolen by Coble.
Gordon has no touch tonight. White kicks it back out to him for an open 3. It clangs. Then he picks up his second foul.
NORTHWESTERN 30, INDIANA 22 (6:46)
Dakich sticking with what Kelvin Sampson had been doing in recent games, and mixing up zone defense and man-to-man. Not that this comes as any surprise, but Northwestern has been doubling D.J. White out of its zone.
Meanwhile, Indiana can’t figure out a way to guard Kevin Coble. The 6-9 wing has 12 points.
NORTHWESTERN 22, INDIANA 16 (10:19)
Now Michael Thompson is doing what a 5-10 point guard does, getting into spaces with his quickness. He darts through the lane and Ivan Peljusic finds him with a pass. He gets into a passing lane and creates a break the other way.
Indiana is not sharp. But how would it be?
Indiana’s getting by on individual play right now. Bassett’s hit three 3-pointers and White has three buckets.
NORTHWESTERN 12, INDIANA 9 (15:07)
Armon Bassett steps back and drains a three for Indiana’s first points. He’s fouled, but misses his free throw. Still, you can see that Bassett is a kid who doesn’t mind playing angry.
Northwestern is tough early, though. Kevin Coble hits a couple of 3s, and Sterling Williams goes at Stemler for a 3-point play.
The loudest cheer by IU fans during pre-game intros?
Probably when Dan Dakich was announced as the head coach.
Starters for Indiana: D.J. White, Lance Stemler, Jamarcus Ellis, Eric Gordon and Armon Bassett.
The crowd just stood for interim coach Dan Dakich when he emerged with the rest of the coaching staff from the locker room.
Dakich, in turn, waved in their direction.
Also, Eli Holman, the one Hoosiers not wearing sneakers saying “KS” tonight (he’s in dress clothes) does have on a blue shirt and red tie.
I don’t think he’s wearing that because it is the only thing he had clean.
That was one barb shouted from the student section at IU players. The hecklers pretended to be on their cell phones.
A small group of Northwestern students are in the bleachers behind the basket that the Hoosiers are shooting at.
“Where’s your coach?” is the chant now.
And, “D.J., you should have gone to practice yesterday.”
But, as usual, there are more Indiana fans here than Northwestern fans. The lowr bowl is fairly purple, with splotches of red. The top sections are red with dots of purple.
Every game this season, Dan Dakich has spent his time prior to games working with the team.
Now that he is the interim head coach, that has not changed. He was seen on the floor at Welsh-Ryan as the players stretched and took shots earlier.
Here at Welsh-Ryan Arena, Indiana’s players are working through their first pre-game shoot around since Kelvin Sampson resigned.
They have written the letters KS on their shoes.
As Indiana’s team bus prepares to leave Assembly Hall on its way to the Bloomington airport at 10 a.m. Saturday, all of the Hoosier players are there to make the trip for tonight’s game at Northwestern.
So IU will have a full squad for Dan Dakich’s first game as head coach.
We’re driving to Evanston and will be leaving shortly. Please join us tonight for live analysis of the game and discussion of where this team is headed after the turmoil of losing coach Kelvin Sampson.
Two players who have signed with Indiana to join the basketball team next season had clauses in their letters of intent that would allow for them to be released should Kelvin Sampson no longer be the coach, Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan said during his Friday evening press conference.
Those two players are Devin Ebanks, a 6-8 forward currently playing at a prep school in Connecticut, and Terrell Holloway, a 6-0 point guard playing at a Cincinnati Prep School, according to associate athletic director Grace Calhoun.
The two other signees â€” Tom Pritchard and Matt Roth â€” would have to be released by IU from their letters. Calhoun said she hopes that interim coach Dan Dakich and the next coach at Indiana can work to convince all four members of the recruiting class to stay committed to the Hoosiers.