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Indiana was in a situation similar to this just over a year ago.
Fans were starting to believe the Hoosiers had turned the corner. They’d survived, for the time being, the devastating injury to star guard Maurice Creek, winning three of their first six Big Ten games, including back-to-back victories over Minnesota and Penn State.
The next game after the Penn State win, their first true road victory of the season, they had Iowa at home. It was the only conference team that they had defeated in 2008-09 with the makeshift group that emerged from the rubble of the Kelvin Sampson recruiting scandal. For the first time in the conference season, they were favored.
But then they were crushed 58-43 by Iowa and didn’t win again for well over a month.
Indiana coach Tom Crean initially disputed any inference that the Hoosiers underestimated Iowa, but admitted later that it may have been the case.
He said Friday that there’s no way that happens this time. The Hoosiers have lost to Iowa twice at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since then, and the Hawkeyes recently crushed Michigan State 72-52, further proving they are not to be overlooked. (more…)
Indiana has tabbed Brandon Shelby, cornerbacks coach at Louisiana-Monroe, as its cornerbacks coach.
Shelby played at Oklahoma from 2001-2004, earning All-Big 12 honors as a defensive back. He was also part of the Oklahoma coaching staff in 2006.
Shelby coached at San Diego in 2008, Portland State in 2009 and was at Louisiana-Monroe in 2010.
Shelby’s addition finally finishes Indiana’s coaching staff.
Former Indiana wide receivers Tandon Doss and Terrance Turner and James Brewer will attend the NFL Combine according to a release from IU sports info. The combine at LucasOil Stadium in Indianapolis runs from Feb. 23 to March 1.
The release follows.
HOOSIER TRIO HEADED TO NFL COMBINE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana offensive tackle James Brewer and wide receivers Terrance Turner and Tandon Doss have accepted invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine. The Combine begins Feb. 23 and will run through March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Brewer played in the 2011 Senior Bowl. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the league’s coaches and media in 2010. Brewer started nine games at right tackle and allowed just two sacks.
Turner played in the 2011 East-West Shrine Game. He closed out his career with 143 catches (sixth all-time at Indiana) for 1,436 yards and four touchdowns in 41 games (31 starts). Turner became the 17th Hoosier to ever reach 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards in 2010.
Doss led the Big Ten and finished fifth nationally with 175.8 all-purpose yards per game this season. He closed out the year with 63 receptions, 706 receiving yards, seven touchdowns, 1,016 kick return yards, 163 rushing yards and 49 punt return yards.
Indiana with a turnover on its final possession, leading to a Minnesota layup and victory. The loss extends the IU losing streak to eight as the Hoosiers are outscored 19-4 in the final 7:52. GOPHERS 65, HOOSIERS 59
0:44.5: A couple point-blank misses last IU possession, then Minnesota hits two free throws to make it a two-possession game. GOPHERS 63, HOOSIERS 58
2:06: This one headed down to the wire as Jori Davis keeps trying to will Indiana to victory, but Hoosiers need some defensive stops. GOPHERS 59, HOOSIERS 58
3:57: What once was a nine-point lead is completely gone and maybe then some as Minnesota will shoot free throws out of the time out. HOOSIERS 55, GOPHERS 55
7:52: Jori Davis and Whitney Lindsay taking control as this game heads down the stretch. Davis will be at the line out of the time out with a chance to extend the lead. HOOSIERS 53, GOPHERS 46
11:45: Indiana hasn’t scored in nearly four minutes now but still clinging to the lead. HOOSIERS 41, GOPHERS 40
Indiana’s Tom Pritchard is fouled while trying to dunk during the second half. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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