Hoosier Morning

Indiana guard Jordan Hulls gets trapped on the baseline by Illinois on Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

THREE-POINT SHOT

1. INDIANA BASKETBALL

Indiana’s players and coaches insist that they are not done and that they will play with a sense of urgency tonight against Penn State, Dustin wrote. The gift bag handed out to Indiana’s basketball players is so practical (a messenger bag, a travel kit and a scarf/hat/glove set) that only the Big Ten could call it a great gift, I wrote.

On the women’s side, athletic director Fred Glass told Jeremy that Felisha Legette-Jack will be back next season.

Victor Oladipo is ready to attack Penn State during today’s game, the Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens wrote. Indiana is used to the idea of playing spoiler by now, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s LaMond Pope wrote. It will take a strong defensive effort to get Indiana into the quarterfinals, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel’s Pete DiPrimio wrote. No one believes the season is over yet, the IDS’ Greg Rosenstein wrote.

2. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Here’s our preview of the 11 teams heading into the Big Ten Tournament, as well as predictions.

Penn State needs help from its bench as it tries to make a run in the Big Ten Tournament, the Centre Daily Times’ Jeff Rice wrote.

Michigan’s State big three — Kalin Lucas, Draymond Green and Durrell Summers — need to play well together for the first time in a while today against Iowa, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode wrote. While Iowa’s record is similar to last season, the feeling around the program is completely different, the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Pat Harty wrote.

Northwestern assistant Tavaras Hardy believes the school will eventually find the recruiting class that puts it on the map, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein wrote. Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe will play in front of NBA scouts this week, a tryout for him and his pro hopes, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Myron P. Medcalf wrote.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD

The Strokes’ “Under the Cover of Darkness.”

4 comments

  1. Hugh,

    If Arkansas fires Pelphrey, do you think there is any chance CTC can snatch B.J. Young from Arkansas?

  2. IU has had a pretty strong ‘coaching tree’ of former players. Duke and UNC have put quite a few into the coaching ranks as well. For a traditional power, it doesn’t seem like former Wildcats have been terribly successful in the field. I’m sure there are some I am not aware of, as I don’t follow the ‘Cats, but among the traditional powers they don’t seem to produce many coaches.

  3. I was thinking the same thing dwayne. Crean could really curb some of the recent scrutiny if he could land a top 50 guard to join Cody and Austin next year…..and win tonight of course. IU could use the roster upgrades ASAP. Hopefully BJ has been working on the academic issues that probably prevented IU from going all in during his recruitment. Looks like Pelphrey had another high ranked PG in next years class as well.
    I think we’ll see more releases from letters of intent this year than years past with all the attention being paid to recruiting scandals along with the typical coaching attrition.

  4. Crean could pull a dramatic about-face with a win tonight. The Hoosiers have been epically bad in the Big 10 tournament regardless of who the coach is – it defies the imagination. This would be the first tournament win in 5 years for the Hoosiers, and would have huge symbolic value. If, despite the negativity surrounding the Hoosiers, they could notch two victories over top 25 teams and end their Big 10 tournament losing streak, the summer will be a lot easier to handle.

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