Big Ten basketball media day . . .

Live from Chicago, it’s Sunday morning!

Ok, Ok. So it’s actually the afternoon now. We’ve just finished grilling the Big Ten coaches and players who gathered here for the annual media day festivities. (If not grilling, then gently inquiring on the status of how they think their team and others might play this season.)

And get this: hot topic of the day was none other than Eric Gordon. Man, that kid sure makes an impact. Actually, the talk wasn’t about Gordon as a player — since coaches can’t talk about high school recruits until they’ve signed a letter of intent, and Gordon can’t do that until Nov. 8 — but about his recruitment. Gordon, you may recall if you dig way back in your memory, originally gave a verbal to Illinois but two weeks ago announced he had switched to Indiana.

This created much discussion about gentlemens’ codes within the recruiting game and prompted rumors that Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson and Illinois coach Bruce Weber have a little feud going. You can read more on what the players and coaches had to say about the situation in Monday’s Herald-Times.

D.J. White was named to the pre-season all-conference team along with Wisconsin big man Alando Tucker, Iowa’s Adam Haluska, Penn State’s Geary Claxton and Ohio State freshman Greg Oden.

Oden, the 7-footer out of Lawrence North in Indianapolis, is the first true freshmen to be named to the preseason squad, although records for the team only date as far back as the 1993-94 season.

In large part because of Oden, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist and is expected to be ready by January 1st, the Buckeyes were picked to finish first in the conference, followed by Wisconsin, which returns four starters, and Illinois.

The conference does not release the rest of the list. 

If Oden happens to meet his target date for a return his first game would be against Indiana in Columbus, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. 

10 comments

  1. Whoops. Good catch, Pete. You’re right, the first Ohio State game is in Columbus. I’ll correct that. It’s been a crazy weekend with covering the football game until about 8 Saturday night, driving to Chicago and getting their well after midnight and getting up early Sunday morning for Big Ten Basketball Media Day, and then driving back to Bloomington Sunday afternoon. Your help is appreciated!

  2. Doug (and Chris):

    Perhaps you should consider becoming reali journalists. This is a joke. It is embarassing for the HT, for IU and for your careers.

  3. That is exactly what I’m talking about. You’re an arrogant ass. Your part of the reason HT subscriptions are dropping. Congratulations.

  4. Katie,

    Our average daily circulation has been up each of the past three years, and we just got a report this week that right now our daily circulation is up about 1,000 from where it was at the same time last year.

    Doug

  5. Katie,

    I’m more than willing to have a long discussion about our journalism here at The Herald-Times. An open, real discussion. In fact I would relish it. With anyone.

    You clearly have no interest in that and would rather just fling insults.

    If you reconsider and would like to have a serious talk, I’m here. I’ll listen to your complaints and try to see your point of view. I sincerely would like to know why you think we are a joke and that our journalism is embarassing.

    Thanks for your time.

    Chris

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