Hoosier Morning

James Blackmon Jr. is still working to diversify his game as a freshman, Mike writes.

There was plenty of blame to go around against Michigan State, but no one’s struggles highlighted their value to IU as much as Troy Williams, I wrote.

Michigan State excelled at hedging ball screens and recovering, while James Blackmon Jr. didn’t have a good night on either end of the floor, Ryan Corazza of Inside the Hall shows in his latest film session.

The loss at MSU was a reminder that fans can expect excellence and inferiority in equal measures from Indiana, Kent Sterling of KentSterling.com writes.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea took a step back and drew the wrath of Tom Crean in East Lansing, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.

MSU coach Tom Izzo said his team played its best defense in “years and years” to beat Indiana, Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press writes.

Marc Loving’s shot in overtime gave Ohio State a win it desperately wanted before heading to Indiana, Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch writes.

The IU women’s basketball team will have to stop a high-scoring duo from Ohio State to get back in the win column on Thursday, Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Let’s run with that blame theme — REM with “Bang and Blame.”