Hoosier Morning for Dec. 23

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Tom Crean told Josh Newkirk to attack, and the junior transfer got the message in IU’s win over Austin Peay, Mike writes.

A sign that said, “Don’t Hop,” helped make sure the Hoosiers didn’t miss a bunny of a game, I wrote.

A mock game gave new IU football coach Tom Allen a trial run at his responsibilities, Mike writes.

Renovations are now under way for new IU swimming and diving locker rooms, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
The parade of cupcakes is mercifully over after IU dominated Austin Peay, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

A growing synergy has the Indiana backcourt headed in the right direction, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Despite having his streak of games with at least three 3-pointers end, former Hoosier Eric Gordon isn’t slowing down for the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle writes.

Utah is focusing on Indiana ahead of the Foster Farms Bowl, and the Utes say IU is better than its record, Dirk Facer of the Deseret News writes.

IU has sold less than half of its 7,000-ticket allotment for the bowl game to this point, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Numbers that matter as the Hoosiers prepare to take on the Utes, David Sugarman of HoosierHuddle.com writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Sending out a Merry Christmas to everyone this holiday weekend, via U2 with “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”

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