Indiana 102, South Carolina State 60

Indiana improved to 9-0 at Assembly Hall during the 2010-11 season on Sunday, defeating South Carolina State 102-60 in front of an announced crowd of 12,795.

Much like Friday’s rout of SIU-Edwardsville, Sunday was a case of a team with far too little talent going up against an Indiana team that is constantly improving.

Christian Watford led the way with 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Matt Roth made 4 3s and had a season-high 14, while Verdell Jones had 13 (in his return from an injured ankle) and Derek Elston had 10 to round out the double-digit scorers.

The Hoosiers (9-2) started the game slow, making only 7 of its first 21 shots, but were 28-of-42 the rest of the way. Indiana led 43-35 at halftime but got to 100 with a Bobby Capobianco free throw with 1:39 remaining.

This was the second game of the IBN Las Vegas Classic. Indiana plays Northern Iowa on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

After the game, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke highly of his team’s assist-to-turnover ratio (24:8) and also its focus on the defensive end (the Hoosiers had 10 steals and saw the Bulldogs shoot 4-of-22 from 3-point range).

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Report: Doug Mallory, Mike Ekeler to be named IU defensive coordinators’s Tom Dienhart is reporting that New Mexico defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler will be named Indiana’s new co-defensive coordinators. Mallory is, of course, the son of former Indiana coach Bill Mallory.

Before his time at New Mexico, the younger Mallory also coached the secondary at LSU, Oklahoma State, Maryland and Indiana under his father. He was also the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky.

Ekeler also coached at LSU and was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma early in new IU coach Kevin Wilson’s career there.

UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: Both Mallory and Ekeler have refused to comment on their potential hires, though neither flatly denied the reports.

“I don’t think anything’s been released,” Mallory said. “Nothing’s been finalized yet, so I can’t comment on anything. I have not been hired and I’m still employed at the University of New Mexico.”

Ekeler did not immediately return a voicemail from the Herald-Times, but he issued a similar statement to the Nebraska media.

“I can’t comment until it all becomes official at Indiana,” Ekeler told the Lincoln Journal-Star.

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Indiana 88, SIU-Edwardsville 54

Indiana opened Friday’s game with a 24-0 run and never looked back, cruising to an 88-54 win over an overmatched Southern Illinois-Edwardsville team in front of 11,908 at Assembly Hall in the Hoosiers first game in the Las Vegas Classic.

The Hoosiers play South Carolina State at 4 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall before leaving for two games in Las Vegas.

Sophomore forward Christian Watford scored 18 points and Derek Elston had 14.  The Hoosiers shot 61.5 percent from the field and held SIU-Edwardsville to 33.3 percent.

This victory matched IU’s 100-66 win over Northwestern State for the lagest margin of victory of the season. It eclipsed the win over Wright State on Nov. 14 for IU’s highest shooting percentage.

The Hoosiers led by as many as 41 points.

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Big Ten to revisit division names

So you didn’t like Legends and Leaders as the Big Ten’s football division names? Neither did anyone else, which apparently has caused Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany to reconsider.

Delany said in an interview with Chicago radio station WGN the league could change the names as soon as just after the first of the year.

Although the names were selected to highlight the Big Ten’s history, they have “to a great extent it’s fallen on deaf ears,” Delany said.

“I think we have enough experience with names, and expansion and development of divisions, to know that you never, rarely, get 90 percent approval rating,” Delany said during the interview. “But to get a 90 percent non-approval rating was, you know, really surprising.”

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