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Indiana guard Maurice Creek defends against Northwestern State on Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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No connection to Indiana today. Just a very touching version of “Imagine” from the kids at Glee. Worth your time.

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  1. Nice win for Coach and the kids. They have potential for some upsets at home so let’s start with Maryland! Hugh, Chris, and
    Dustin what is your take on Jordan Hulls?? As a guy who watches
    a lot of Indiana basketball and seen Jordan do his thing I am puzzled by his play. It’s like he has drawn a line above the foul circle and won’t go deeper to pull up with a jump shot or go to the hoop. Its like he is playing with hand cuffs on. When he is in the game he calls out a lot of plays trying to please coach as a leader but never looks for his shot unless he posts up at the three point line waiting for a pass. He can hit 3’s but we are not seeing the real Jordan. Do you think he is trying to hard to not make a mistake or has the coaching staff told him this is your role for now? Maybe all they want from him as a freshman is to learn and sub for Rivers when he needs a rest. Some fans who has not seen his game might think it is because he is playing with and against bigger players but I have seen him play against bigger,quicker guards with Bloomington South and with his AAU team and I am not buying that excuse. I watched him play against some highly ranked guards like Marques Teague of Pike and take them to school. Do you guys know what is going on with Jordan? Have you talked with his former coaches? It would be interesting to hear their thoughts. Please let me know what you guys think


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    15E. Gordon, SG 42(min) 10-18(FG) 8-8(FT) 29 Points

    Clips stage double-digit rally in 4th to knock off Grizzlies

    By Dan Arritt, for NBA.com
    Posted Sunday November 29, 2009 8:03PM

    LOS ANGELES (NBA.com exclusive) — For one of the few times in recent memory, the fourth quarter belonged to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Staring at a 15-point deficit to start the final quarter against a team that had won five of its last seven, the Clippers regrouped and reenergized behind Eric Gordon, Al Thornton and a stifling defense, allowing them to catch up and then pull away for a 98-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center.

    Gordon, in his first game back in the starting lineup since injuring his groin against the Grizzlies on Nov. 7 at Staples Center, finished with a season-high 29 points.

    Check out the driving layup to tie the game @ 1:57 mark of clip..EJ continues to shine in the NBA..Clippers have won 4 of last 5 and are nearing .500 without Blake Griffin. GO EJ!!

  4. Ahh, yes, you must be talking about those early games against East Tennessee Tech, Northside Christian Academy, Haskell First Nations College and the like.

    As for the rest of the games, all I saw were a bunch of free throws and a lucky bank shot…I remember something about a great dunk in a tournament game that comprised 1/4 of EJ’s total points in that game…

  5. And how do you get to the free throw line 277 times in a “Big Ten Freshman of the Year” season? Those trips to the stripe were result of the “type of play” in the Clippers highlight that you claimed you didn’t see much of at IU…Thus, the glaring contradiction in your two statements.

    Gotcha.

  6. He’s a snitch. He sold out his homie teammates by being honest with a reporter. His “low point,” as a famous blogger would say…

  7. he got to the free throw line that many times because the refs felt bad for him because he cried like a baby every time he was touched!!!

  8. Some of the shirts are ridiculous and should not be allowed.
    Pat Knight and Steve Alford are now a combined
    13-0.

  9. Wow…If any of our current players can score nearly 700 points in one season by “crying like a baby”, then by all means start wailing!!
    And if they could shoot 84%(Gordon made 231 out of 277) from the line?..You might just see Tom Crean pushing them out to the charity stripe in strollers…(except for Dumes…he’s just colicky).

    Yes, Gordon did succumb to a slimy journalist probing for names to slander….I won’t snatch away his many accomplishments on a basketball court because he proved he had the appropriate maturity level for his age(unlike the newspaper columnist).

  10. Elston, Pritchard, and Roth came to play for the same “slimy coach”. Guess you’ve got more slanderous Christmas cards to work on.

    I remember EJ doing nothing but playing clean, inspired basketball..I don’t know how you’re voted “Big 10 Freshman of the Year” by doing anything resembling your description…I’ve heard the choke garbage, but never anything about poor attitude…Sounds like you’re just another guilty by association hater. You might want to also consider the Tom Crean friendship with John Calipari to test your theory.

  11. cant believe all the hate for EJ. he stuck it out at IU, brought us much more positve light than negative. thanks EJ, keep rockin the NBA

  12. EJ’ so-called “snitch” was the best thing he ever did for IU… We all needed an explanation for why that team sucked so badly when it mattered; why it was the most overrated IU team of all-time. Until that point, nothing really added up… a blowout loss to a depleted UConn squad on our home court? A roll-over to Xavier when the team was apparently hitting its stride early on? Yet another loss to Wisconsin, on our home court no less? A lucky OT win over an historically bad Illinois team? An insulting, humiliating #8 seed for a team boasting two “all Big 10” starters?
    And then, to top it off, a virtual non-effort from the team in its last game against Arkansas, its last chance to deliver a thank you to its forsaken foster father Sampson?
    Thank you EJ, for exposing the clowning around that undermined the team. A bittersweet explanation, it is, but a satisfactory one nonetheless.

  13. by the way. I am not a hater. I actually feel like what I said up top in my 2 posts are fact! I saw enough on and off of the court that I am able to question his character. I have explained myself before so do not feel the need to do it again. No love for Gordon from me but I do wish him all the best. I hope this makes Buzz and Yawn feel better. With that said, I am excited for tonight. My wife will wear a white Damon #22 jersey and I will wear a pretty spiffy white t shirt passed out last year. We are ready for the white out. Go Big 10 and Go IU!!!

  14. I remember blowing out Kentucky…I remember beating Purdue in our only meeting…How sweet it was to know we wouldn’t have to go up to Mackey and try to defeat Boliers and officials ..
    And yes, I do remember the “lucky” bank shot at Illinois…..Destiny found glass and the desperation jump shot from a great player backboard into his good, Hoosier faithful heart..And how I delighted to see the disgusting conduct of Illini fans experience the boomerang of their own foul-mouthed fitting justice return delivered by the object of their grotesquely exaggerated contempt.. Now that’s a bank shot! Probably the most joy I felt from a Hoosier basketball victory since the Duke game in the 2002 regional semi in Kentucky…Could there be any more delight than watching whiny Bruce Weber’s guts get turned inside out while he had to face the questions about Gordon at the postgame press conference?
    And I remember some very hard-working players on that Hoosier team under Sampson… I remember players that conducted themselves on a basketball court with the type of sportsmanship and honor toward effort that remains in strange contrast to the slanderous accusations placed on their names for what may, or may not, have occurred off the basketball court..

    What else do I remember about that season? I remember a far more dedicated DJ White that played the game under Sampson with a new confidence and aggressiveness. There was a hard-nosed Lance Stemler that would dive for every loose ball and could muster an icy calm in veins to hit big 3-point shots at the most pivotal and opportune times….I remember a kid named Jordan Crawford that showed unbelievable promise…

    Do I remember losses?..Of course I remember them, but I don’t carry them like an irremovable Hurryin’ Hoosier hunchback hump on my back for ten years…For what? I never felt the team gave my cheers a false return on my yelling and clapping investment…The effort was always there.. So search for your answers all you want..I’m not that kind of fan…..I don’t need accountability for a few bad games and some cold shooting nights…I don’t wish for inquisitions to determine whether a couple kids smoked a joint on a weekend…..I don’t get voyeuristic pleasure from looking through an innuendo peephole into the privacy of young kids without the lovely convenience of money or political power to protect their names. Anyway, I like sports too much and that would be damn hypocritical of me…I’d have to forever turn off the TV if I applied the same level of judgment to the conduct of athletes in the professional game(and I guess no need to get near discussion of the business/political societal elements of our flawless America..If I use that standard, I might as well just throw the television out the window and hope Huffington post can save my soul).
    I find it rather ludicrous that an adult making millions of dollars can find refuge in stupid excuses(e.g. Defining what it actually “is” on blue dress of a president’s intern …hiking in the Adulterer Pass along the Appalachian mountains located in Brazil, not having enough selective mental recall to remember the feeling of a giant needle being stuck into my Cy Young award winner’s steroid-filled butt, etc) for far worse flaws in character than the level of tolerance given to the missteps of 18-year-old kids faced with first tastes of freedoms and temptations in first year of college.

    Guess I better wind it up…I’ll walk this thread alone and stay with my great memories from that season.. You two can walk hand-in-hand with your hunchback growth of losses perplexing without reasons and your very selective judgments of deformations in character that you hold no mirror.

  15. good post and well said. I do have some positive memories from that season and some that you pointed out I must admit. I agree with most of everything you typed but I am not sure the effort was always there as you say. We can agree to disagree on that one. Maybe we can meet at Nick’s sometime, have a man drink, and discuss Gordon and IU. Take care.

  16. I knew, knew without a doubt, that Downing wouldn’t be able to respond in less than 500 words to my last post. As a result, I am not going to be able to read it, although I can get the gist with a quick glance…”Judgment”, “sanctimony”, “choosing to see the positives” blah blah blah. All coming from someone who spent a year Crean-bashing for much smaller offenses than snorting lines and skipping classes.

  17. Yes, I am predictable…And just one stubborn butt pimple away from your flip-flopping games in predictability; crucifying and resurrecting anyone, or anything, that fails to adhere or live up to your falsely elevated and exacting standards of unachievable heights of perfection. Sometimes that takes 500 words if you don’t have stomach to just ignore.

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