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Thoughts On IU’s Next Three Opponents

Indiana’s Thursday night season opener granted me one lazy Saturday to spend glued to my couch, so I spent it checking out Indiana’s next three opponents. That doesn’t exactly show much dedication on my part considering two of them were playing each other and the third was playing my alma mater, but regardless, I have thoughts.

Western Michigan, the Hoosiers’ opponent this week,  was considered by many to be a threat to upset what was expected to be a distracted Michigan team. Didn’t happen. The Wolverines, who host the Hoosiers on Sept. 26, looked a lot better than the 3-9 outfit from 2008, with Tate Forcier, Dennard Robinson and Nick Sheridan providing better quarterback play than Michigan ever got out of Steven Threet. Tim Hiller may well turn out to be the most decorated quarterback in Western Michigan history, but he didn’t look the part Saturday afternoon. He finished with 259 yards, including a 73-yard bomb to Juan Nunez in the fourth quarter, but he threw two picks and was sacked twice. The Broncos were manhandled on the line and managed just 38 yards on the ground.

Here’s coverage from AnnArbor.com.

Akron, which Indiana visits on Sept. 18, was beaten nearly as badly by Penn State, though the Nittany Lions looked ragged at times in a 31-7 victory. The biggest concern for the Hoosiers, though, is that the Zips kept Penn State killing them with the run. The Nittany Lions final numbers looked good — 30 carries for 136 yards — but they were never dominant. Considering the trouble Indiana had running against Eastern Kentucky, Akron could have the edge there.

Here’s what the Akron Beacon Journal had to say.


Tight Game Keeps Redshirts Alive

Indiana’s close-shave victory over Eastern Kentucky Thursday night carried at least one silver lining for coach Bill Lynch. It meant he didn’t have to make a decision on whether to burn the redshirts of several true freshman.

Defensive tackle Adam Repogle was the only true freshman who played, recording three tackles at defensive tackle. Wide receiver Duwyce Wilson, who Lynch said was likely to play. Most importantly, quarterback Edward Wright-Baker, who was listed as the backup to Ben Chappell on the depth chart, did not play. Lynch had him listed as the backup quarterback, and had planned on playing him if the Hoosiers had a comfortable enough lead so he could be ready if something happened to Chappell. Because he didn’t, the redshirt is still an option.

“Last night, he was going to run in the game, yes,” Lynch said of Wright-Baker. “That’s kind of where we are, but until he plays, that decision can always change. Once you play him, you can’t turn back. … It has nothing to do with the confidence that he can play and play really well. The question is, how much do you play a guy to make it worthwhile. The last thing you ever want to do is play a freshman and look back at it and he played 31 snaps.”


St. John’s at IU soccer

FINAL: DOUBLE OVERTIME
A lot of tired players but no scoring as this one ends. HOOSIERS 0, RED STORM 0

END OF FIRST OVERTIME
One shot apiece for each team. St. John’s actually had a few scary moments there, but did not convert. An IU corner went begging as time ran out. HOOSIERS 0, RED STORM 0

END OF REGULATION
The Indiana defense has really had a stranglehold on this game, but the Hoosier offense has not created much other than a few chancy blasts in the second half. IU has a 14-6 advantage in shots. HOOSIERS 0, RED STORM 0

SECOND HALF
12:18: Second verse same as the first, only scoring chances a little bit worse. HOOSIERS 0, RED STORM 0

10 minutes into the second stanza now and neither team has had a real dangerous shot on goal. Indiana continues to carry the better possession. HOOSIERS 0, RED STORM 0

HALFTIME
Several golden opportunities for IU, but the Hoosiers can’t get one in the net. Daniel Kelly had a header off a corner blocked off the far post, and Tommy Meyer’s had a crack at one in front of the goal off a corner scrum that was blocked away. Indiana has outshot St. John’s, 7-3. HOOSIERS 0, RED STORM 0
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Oladipo In Bloomington

Victor Oladipo has two official visits planned to the state of Indiana, and he thinks that might be all it takes for him to make his college choice.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md.,  is in Bloomington this weekend for an official visit with IU. He has another visit planned for Notre Dame on Sept. 18. He has several other scholarship offers and said Clemson, North Carolina State and North Carolina-Charlotte are the other three schools that are still in the running, but he may make a decision before visiting any of them.

“There’s a possibility I might not (visit the other schools),” said the Rivals.com three-star recruit, ranked as the 133rd overall prospect in the 2010 class.  “It all depends. … If I go to a school and decide this is where I’m supposed to be, I’m going to commit.”

Oladipo (pronounced O-Lah-DI-po) gave the impression that Indiana could be that school, though he said he will likely at least hold off on a commitment until after the Notre Dame visit.

“It’s going real well so far,” Oladipo said by phone Friday night. “I like the campus a lot. I like the atmosphere. … I like how everybody’s interested in Indiana’s basketball and Indiana sports period. I was at the football game last night, it was a great atmosphere, with a lot of students.”

It also helps, Oladipo said, that the Hoosiers already have one of his long-time friends in the fold. IU freshman guard Maurice Creek is a native of Oxon Hill, Md., and he and Oladipo played together on AAU teams in the D.C. area.

“I’m familiar with his game and he’s familiar with mine,” Oladipo said. “… He’s saying it’s a great place and that it will be a perfect fit for me.”

Also attractive to Oladipo, he said, is the opportunity to help rebuild a basketball powerhouse.

“I think they have all the tools they need to put Indiana back to where it was before, he said. “I wouldn’t mind being a part of something like that.”


The game-day experience

From the press box we couldn’t really tell how loud the music was Thursday.

But we’ve gotten a lot of feedback on the subject. Though Bill Lynch said he didn’t think it was a problem, I’ve heard from multiple people that Ben Chappell appeared to be trying to silence the music at one point as he was trying to communicate with the offense.

So we’re looking for your thoughts. Share them below.


Lynch’s Press Conference

Lynch just finished his press conference and said a lot of the things you’d expect. He again called the 19-13 victory over Eastern Kentucky a “great win,” but lamented some problems with blocking and the running game. He said he thought the Hoosiers had too many turnovers and gave up too many big plays. Though there was apparently some concern that crowd noise was a problem for the offense and led to illegal procedure penalties, Lynch said he thought the sound was a good thing.

Lynch also said he expects cornerback Donnell Jones to be back for Saturday’s game against Western Michigan, and with Ray Fisher back from his one-half suspension, the Hoosiers will be at full strength in the secondary, which he admitted, needed to play better.

More on this later.


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Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]8210James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]6400Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]5490Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]5020Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]4710Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]4550Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]4210Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]4650Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]4070Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]4070Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]4520Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]4940Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]5420Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]5670Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

Women's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]5970Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]13570Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]7790Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]6540Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]5100Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]4860Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]4910Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]4220Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]3850Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]4720Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]4280Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]4140Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]4340Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]4090Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]4000Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
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