Let’s talk about big men

Typically, the opposing head coach does not come into the Assembly Hall press room during the postgame. Peegs usually goes to talk to the coach, and someone from IU’s media relations staff records the whole thing and gives us a quote sheet afterwards.

Included in the morsels of knowledge from South Carolina State coach Tim Carter was this:

“One thing we really thought coming into the game was that their post players were not typical Big Ten post players, low post offensive guys. I spent four years in the Big Ten. We thought they might not be as good on the low block as what most Big Ten teams are on the low block. I don’t think that we tried to exploit that because they’re much bigger and stronger than we are. We just got a little lucky I think.”

Ouch. Suffice to say, Carter is probably not going to be on the Christmas card list of the Elstons, Pritchards or Capobiancos.

But he’s far from the only one to make such a statement. A lengthy discussion was held during the live chat last night about this very subject.


Report: Purdue assistant Mark Hagen to coach IU D-Line’s Tom Dienhart is reporting that Purdue linebackers coach Mark Hagen will coach Indiana’s defensive line and special teams.

Hagen has been a coach at Purdue since 2000, but he is an Indiana alum and was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten linebacker in 1990 and 1991. He also worked in the IU athletic department as a graduate assistant to the strength coach in 1992 and ’93 and an administrative assistant from 1993-95.

Hagen was also an assistant at Northern Illinois as a defensive tackles coach for three years before going to Purdue. He served as a defensive tackles coach for the first five years and worked with special teams for the first eight years.

Also, a source says New Mexico defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler are expected to officially be named co-defensive coordinators at some point today. Whether Hagen’s hiring will also be released today is unknown.

UPDATE, 5 p.m.: Hagen was not part of Monday’s release that Doug Mallory and Mike Ekeler are co-defensive coordinators. However, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan tweeted “Sad to see Coach Hagen go but I wish him all the best! Thanks coach for getting me to Purdue.” That obviously adds even more credence to the report that he will be joining IU.

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Jordan Hulls drives the baseline against South Carolina State on Sunday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


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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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