Northwestern blitzes IU with threes

EVANSTON, Ill. — Indiana followed two close losses with one that didn’t have nearly the same drama. Thanks to 10 3-pointers and double-digit scoring from each of its five starters, Northwestern pounded the Hoosiers 78-61 on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Sophomore forward John Shurna led the Wildcats with 16 points and six assists. Sophomore center Luka Mirkovic had 14. Senior guard Jeremy Nash had 13 points and 10 rebounds while junior guard Michael Thompson had 12 and freshman guard Drew Crawford added 10. The Wildcats shot 52.1 percent from the field, knocking down 10 of 25 3-point field goal attempts.

“We put ourselves in a hole at the very beginning of the game without getting enough pressure on the ball and not getting enough pressure on the 3-point shooters,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “Some things didn’t go right for us offensively and we didn’t come down and get stops on them and we played an uphill battle the rest of the way.”

Sophomore guard Verdell Jones scored a career-high 28 points and freshman forward Christian Watford added 16 points, but the Hoosiers didn’t get much of anything for the rest of the offense. Their other three starters combined for nine points and IU didn’t score a bench point until the 4:24 mark of the second half.

Northwestern opened the game on a 13-2 run that became a 21-6 advantage. IU cut the deficit to nine points just before halftime and back to nine just after the break, but the Wildcats followed with an 8-0 run and Indiana never got it back under double-digits.

AUDIO: Bill Carmody, Jeremy Nash and Luka Mirkovic discuss Northwestern’s win

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Digging a bit deeper on the Leary issue


Above: the haunting mug shot taken of Leary when he arrived at Monroe County Jail Thursday night.

First, here’s a copy of the probable cause affidavit: this does not look good.

Next, you can listen to what Leary’s lawyer, Ginny Maxwell, told Dan Dakich this afternoon: Ms. Maxwell is not pleased with the way Mr. Leary was apprehended.

It’s worth noting that Maxwell works for the law firm of Baldwin & Dakich. Yes, that’s Thomas P. Dakich, the brother of Dan, who coached Todd at IU.

Learfield Sports has announced that Don Fischer will handle in-game broadcast duties by himself for the rest of the season before a new color commentator is considered. Joe Smith will continue to handle pre-game, halftime and post-game duties. Bob Agramonte, the vice president of Learfield Sports, did not say why that decision was made.

“We’re evaluating what we’re going to do,” he said. “That’s our plan right now.”

Agramonte did not clarify whether or not Leary is still an employee of Learfield Sports. He said all employment decisions on the broadcast teams of each school the company works with are made jointly between the university and the company.

IU issues statement on Leary

It speaks for itself (if vaguely):

Indiana University Athletics and Learfield Sports, the Hoosiers’ multimedia rights holder which oversees the Indiana University Radio Network, recognize the recent events involving color analyst Todd Leary.  Clearly, both parties are concerned for Todd and his family as he deals with this matter.   We will continue to move forward with the current broadcast team of Don Fischer and Joe Smith calling IU Basketball games through the remainder of the season.

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Leary faces 17 felony counts

I was chasing this a bit after the game and couldn’t come up with anything, but the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette is all over the story.

Todd Leary, a former Indiana player and current color analyst on radio broadcasts, faces 17 felony charges for his part in a scheme to misappropriate real estate title funds.

This story is, as you’ll see, multi-layered.

According to court documents, Leary’s former teammate, Brian Evans, cooperated with state investigators to uncover the scheme.

Leary played basketball for coach Bob Knight’s Hoosiers from 1990 to 1994; the team advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1992.

Leary once worked for former title insurance broker Joseph Garretson, who pleaded guilty this week in Allen Superior Court to conversion or misappropriation of title insurance escrow funds, corrupt business influence and unlawful loan origination activities in a scheme that court documents say totaled $2.7 million in losses.

IU police arrested Leary – an analyst for the Indiana University Radio Network – on Thursday evening, and he was booked into the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington about 6:45 p.m., 15 minutes before IU’s home game against Purdue.

Leary, 39, of Carmel, is accused of conspiring with Garretson between July 2008 and February 2009 to commit a variety of felonies, including conspiracy to commit conversion or misappropriation of title insurance escrow funds, conspiracy to commit theft and conspiracy to corrupt business influence. The majority of the charges are Class C felonies, with penalties of up to four years in prison each.

We’ll obviously have more on this story tomorrow. I believe Leary is actually an employee of Learfield Communications and not IU, but clearly the university has significant say in who broadcasts its games. They’ll be looking for a replacement.

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