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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.
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.
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.”
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
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
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
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.”
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 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.
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