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  1. FINAL: MINN 67, IU 63.
    IU: Dumes 19 pts, 4-65 3PT; Story 14 pts; Pritchard 10 pts; Jones 7 pts; Taber 4 pts, 6 reb; Roth 3 pts; Moore 2 pts; Lewis 2 pts; Williams 2 pts, 6 reb.
    IU: 22-51 (43%) FG; 8-15 (53%) 3PT; 11-21 (52%) FT; 32 reb; 16 TO; 13 (24) fouls.
    MINN: 25-55 (46%) FG; 4-16 (25%) 3PT; 13-21 (62%) FT; 32 reb; 13 TO; 9 (17) fouls.
    MINN: Johnson 18 pts, 6 reb; Sampson 13 pts, 8 reb, 6 blk; Westbrook 12 pts; Abu-Shamala 10 pts; Nolen 5 pts, 6 ast; Hoffarber 3 pts; Joseph 3 pts; Carter 3 pts.

  2. I am retired and get to watch a lot of what I love-Basketball. I coached for many years but the fundamentals of how to shoot foul shots are gone. These kids like to dunk and shoot 3 pointers and I am not just talking about IU. When March madness comes around this will keep many great teams from advancing. This is something that will drive a coach crazy!! If IU shoots 75% they win this game and Minnesota was not much better at 62%. Coach is trying to shorten the game by using up the shot clock so that his team can stay close and get a chance to win instead of getting blown out by 25 and I think that is a good approach with this under talented team but they have to hit their free ones and reduce turnovers. This was a great game to watch but I feel very sad for the players and coach. They need a win so badly. They played well against a ranked team. This gives me hope for some wins. I love to watch these kids play so hard and leave it all on the court. Wins will come.

  3. I have to agree with you Ron, just ask Memphis last year how much free-throws are important. I think that the pressure of being in a close game, and you have to sink the free throws to tie or take the lead, like Roderick Lewis did when he had 2 shots at the foul line.

    But honestly, this has got to be one of the WORST refereed games that I have ever seen. Indiana had 7 fouls about 2-4 minutes into the 2nd half, that says SOMETHING about the calls.

  4. Ron and Zach, you both make insightful comments. Shots with the clock off can make the difference in almost every close game and when (you notice I say when)we can make FT’s with regularity down the road and shot with more confidence, we’ll be in a better chance to pull one out — and I sincerely think we’ll do that. In this game we once again shot ourselves in the foot with the turnovers, a couple of questionable shot decisions, missed key free throws, and a couple of defensive lapses. Again though, we played with heart, had good teamwork, had tough defense overall, enthusiasm, didn’t lose our poise, but just couldn’t get over the hump. Zach, I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one that thought that the officiating in this game was, to put it in kind terms, pathetic. In all my years as a player, coach, and administrator, I NEVER blamed officials for a loss. I always believed that teams beat teams, officials don’t — but this was as close as it will ever come that the officials had so much influence on this game. I know that it will always be true that they will miss calls both ways — they’re human, and 40+ year old officials cannot keep up with 19-22 old conditioned athletes. In this game, it wasn’t so much as what WAS called but what was NOT. Too many times we were almost mugged, either in open court right in front of one of them, or in the lane or going up for a shot underneath. In my book they weren’t good enough to call a YMCA game. I’m not whining here nor do I think three men in striped shirts beat us, but I do think IU and any other BT school deserves better. In time, TC will put it all together and we’re going to get one, so hang in there and continue to give the Hoosiers Hoosier support.

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