Some of you have been to a bowl game.
Some of you haven’t.
So, let’s have a discussion here about getting to and enjoying Tempe, Ariz. There are certainly worse places to spend the first night of a new year.
Let me just open it up to you. Feel free to ask questions — to be answered either by us or fellow posters — or share helpful hints you’ve picked up on along the way. Or just tell us about your travel plans and how you expect to party like it’s 2008 right after the Hoosiers Play 13.
The Cowboys went 6-6 this season and 4-4 in the Big 12 South.
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An IU media relations official said he can’t yet confirm what bowl IU will be playing in.
I just talked with media relations staff from the two bowls that it seems most likely the Hoosiers will be playing in. They said the Champs Sports Bowl will announce the teams it has selected at 8 p.m. and the Insight Bowl will hold a press conference to announce its two teams at 8:30 p.m.
I’ve been told by a source close to the IU football team that the Hoosiers don’t yet know their bowl destination. Perhaps we’ll hear before the announcements at 8 and 8:30, but in any case we should hear during or soon after the 8 p.m. BCS bowl announcement show on Fox.
With the chaos that was college football on Saturday, it appears as though Indiana is practically a lock to be locked into one of the Big Ten bowl tie-in games.
That’s because Illinois has a very good chance of jumping into the top 14 of the BCS (the Illini were 15th; No. 14 Tennessee, No. 11 Boston College both lost Saturday) which would make it possible for the Rose Bowl to select it as an at-large team (because Ohio State is pretty much assured a spot in the BCS title game.)
And, according to Herb Gould at the Chicago Sun-Times, Big Ten officials have been assured that the Rose Bowl will take Illinois — thus honoring its long tie with the Big Ten conference — instead of another available, higher-ranked team such as Georgia.
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INDIANA 58, SIU 49 (1:02)
- Shaw hits a 3-pointer to give SIU a little bit of hope.
INDIANA 54, SIU 39 (3:29)
- D.J. White and DeAndre Thomas both have four fouls.
- The SIU fans are leaving. In droves.
INDIANA 51, SIU 37 (4:21)
- Gordon flies in for an important defensive rebound.
- The Hoosiers need to stretch their possessions, and be cautious. They’re more winded than the Salukis right now.
- Ellis drives, dishes to Mike White — one bothered covering him, which is OK because he won’t shoot. But he will pass. To Eric Gordon. Who is open for a 3.
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Indiana leads 34-28, mostly because it did a much better job of rebounding in the second half. The teams are now tied with 17 each.
Gordon leads the Hoosiers with 10 points, but the surprise of the night is that Jamarcus Ellis has seven points. Looks like he’s been given the green light to try to score tonight.
D.J. White has a team-high six rebounds, but also has two of the team’s four blocks (Ellis and Gordon have the other).
Bassett’s got four assists, and the Hoosiers shot 54.2 percent in the first half while the Salukis hit just 41.9 percent.
Indiana needs to withstand what figures to be a hard push by the Salukis. They’ve been really poised so far.