Hoosier Morning

STARTING FIVE

1. INDIANA BASKETBALL

Despite some evidence to the contrary, Tom Crean said his team has not thrown in the towel, Dustin wrote.

Inside the Hall’s Ryan Corazza looks at how point guards have burned Indiana recently in the Film Session.

Those graduating from IU this semester have seen the worst four-year stretch in IU basketball history, the IDS’ Nathan Hart wrote.

2. INDIANA FOOTBALL

With spring practice beginning today, Dustin took a position-by-position look at the Hoosiers.

Damarlo Belcher chose to return, in part, because of the chance to work with Kevin Wilson and Kevin Johns, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s LaMond Pope wrote.

The start of practice gives the Hoosiers a chance to impress their new coach as he evaluates all of them, the Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens wrote.

3. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

After winning the Big Ten Player of the Year honors, Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson reflected on how far he has come, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn wrote.

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger won Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors from the conference, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist wrote.

Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor were both first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches — the first pair of Badgers to be honored together, Madison.com’s Rob Schultz wrote.

Iowa conducted a background check on a 25-year-old JUCO prospect that once spent 37 months in prison on charges of robbery, the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Pat Harty wrote.

Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is looking at signing an extension with the school, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Myron P. Medcalf wrote.

Michigan State’s season has been one of suspense, which will continue this week, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode wrote.

4. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel knew of the scheme to sell memorabilia some eight months before the school said it knew, Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel reported. If it is not obvious, that is really bad for Tressel — and how OSU handles this situation will tell us a lot about the school (the same way Tennessee and UConn showed their stripes with the handling of Bruce Pearl and Jim Calhoun).

Northwestern got an early jump on spring practice by practicing in the early morning hours, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein wrote. With Dan Persa out, the school is looking to identify a clear backup quarterback.

As is to be expected, the Purdue defense is ahead of the offense right now, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Mike Carmin wrote.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Dropkick Murphys’ “Going Out In Style.”

5 comments

  1. After reading the Belcher article, I couldn’t be more excited for football season. Wilson seems to be a very respected tough-guy; he and Bob Knight would probably get along well.

  2. That picture reflects what is wrong with this team–it would be complete if Crean was in it clapping. Poison.

  3. Dude, this is a sports blog, not a guess who game. Huskie Tom got kicked off a long time ago. Get over it.

  4. Dustin or Hugh,

    I just saw that Lyle will be playing for the Eric Gordan AAU team 2014. Will he be playing with Lyles and Blackmon Jr.? Didnt know who they player for. Thanks

  5. dwayne15,

    Have not heard anything. They played for Spiece last summer, but all three guys can pick their teams, essentially. I asked Trey Lyles’ father in January and he said they had not decided.

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