Hoosier Morning

David Snodgress | Herald-Times

THREE-POINT SHOT

1. INDIANA BASKETBALL

In the postgame Q&A, I dive into the issue of Christian Watford’s turnovers, Bob Knight helping Thad Matta and what sectional contests to see this week.

Knight was elected to the college basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, which is apparently in Kansas City.

Eric Gordon may be returning to the court as soon as Wednesday, but took time to tell reporters he would not mind a move that gets the Clippers out of the Lakers’ shadow in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman wrote.

That we are debating the notion of improvement from last season is the problem, the IDS’ Nathan Hart wrote.

If they pan out, the class of 2012 could go down as one of the best, the Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep wrote. Also note that Cody Zeller is now on Twitter — his bio is amusing.

In women’s hoops news, Jori Davis was named second-team All-Big Ten — but coach Felisha Legette-Jack said she deserved first-team, Jeremy wrote.

2. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson will celebrate their Senior Day and looked back on the decision to attend Purdue with the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn wrote. Ilinois’ seniors deserved more respect than they have gotten this season, the Champaign News-Gazette’s Loren Tate wrote.

Ohio State is breaking its normal routine and not traveling to State College until today, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist wrote. As Penn State pushes for an NCAA Tournament bid, it will try to defeat the one team the seniors have not during their careers in No. 1 Ohio State, the Daily Collegian’s Alex Angert wrote.

Here is a fantastic marketing video from Penn State as it tries to get fans to show up for tonight’s game (HT Matt Fortuna).

Cezar Guerrero, a 2011 point guard that Indiana briefly was involved with, will travel to Iowa this weekend, the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Pat Harty wrote. Once again, the focus at Wisconsin is not on the next opponent (Indiana), but on the Ohio State game, Madison.com’s Rob Schultz wrote.

Durrell Summers and Tom Izzo went back-and-forth a bit about Michigan State’s struggles, but Izzo is looking for the high road and telling fans to applaud Summers for what he has done as a Spartan, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode wrote.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD

It seems there is only one truly appropriate song for when Bobby is in the news: Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

4 comments

  1. I do not know if they still do this, but in the summer of 1973 I was in Bloomington for two days for freshman orientation, spending the night in a dorm with a roommate.

    When I got to my room no one was there, but his stuff was. Later that night when I returned to my room to go to bed, he was still not there.

    He arrived after I was in bed but still awake. I lifted my head and said “Hi”. He walked around the beds and extended his hand way down and said, with some enthusiasm, “Hi. I’m Kent Benson.” We shook hands and I gave him my name.

    I grew up in Northwest Indiana and I didn’t give a hoot about basketball. I had never heard of Kent Benson and I am sure that he immediately perceived that. His face fell a bit, but he took it in stride and we had a brief chat. He told me he was going to try and play on the IU basketball team. I wished him good luck.

  2. Nathan Hart called Illinois a “train wreck” this season. What do we do about that?

    Illinois shows us that even having good senior leadership doesn’t result in expectations being met. This makes me nervous about next year: will having a team full of Juniors and Seniors guarantee us any more wins?

    Yet, Illinois still has 18 (8 conference) wins with two game left. We’d be elated to have that many in a “letdown” year.

    I think what makes next year the last “wait till next year” year is that so many teams will be losing headline players. In a watered-down conference, Crean will no longer have the benefit of the doubt – in the form of the “youth against superior talent” argument – on his side.

    Watford switching back to his natural position, an upperclassmen majority, and some energetic young post play from Cody should equal 18 wins, and nothing less. Let us hope.

  3. To me, the reason Illinois is falling apart with seniors is that Bruce Weber isn’t that good of a coach.

    And as to next year’s IU expectations, I’d say that based on progression, this year’s team was probably going to be a sub .500 team, with a very, very slim chance to make the NIT. So I think it’s reasonable to think that next year’s team should be an NIT team. Maybe a slim, slim chance to reach the NCAA’s, but that’s kind of a stretch, since we don’t know what kind of player Creek will be. I mean, just having seniors is one thing; having them be good, solid contributors is another. Pritchard and Verdell will be senior starters next year (probably), but that doesn’t mean they’ll all of a sudden be quality players.

  4. Jrig5-

    Good thoughts. I have to disagree on one point, though. Weber is 288-129. He has been to a championship game, two sweet sixteens, and visited the post season 8 times with two different schools.

    I don’t like the guy, but come on, how is he “not that good of a coach”?

    Sriously, if you went by fan comments on the internet, there would only be 2 or 3 “good coaches” in America: Matta, Coach K, and maybe Calipari. Internet posters are as fickle and fair-weather a group as I have ever seen.

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