Indiana 71, Michigan 65

Jordan Hulls can hit free throws.

Tom Crean said he needed a complete team effort for the Hoosier to overcome the loss of Maurice Creek.

He got it.

Verdell Jones led Indiana with 20 points. Christian Watford came through with 19. Devan Dumes made his presence known early with three 3-pointers in the first half. Jordan Hulls hit clutch free throws down the stretch. They both finished with 11 points.

Yet Jeremiah Rivers may have been the player of the game. He shut down Manny Harris, the leading scorer in the Big Ten, by defending him and by helping get him in foul trouble. Rivers finished with nine rebounds and four points and converted a key three-point play on a nifty drive to the lane in the closing minutes.

Here’s some audio:

Tim Buckley prepares the Hoosiers for their game with Michigan.


  1. I think Rivers is the game MVP as well. But he has got to improve his FTs. TP played well too, but I was surprised at his stats. All in all a great team effort and win! I think the substitution patterns were great and IU placed a value on every possession, as it will need to do throughout the season. Good job boys keep it comin’.

  2. Fantastic. What did I tell you about VJ, Downing? What did you tell me about Hulls?

    We have exceeded last year’s win total, and tied our Big 10 win total from last year. I think we’ll get to 11 or 12 wins and put ourselves in prime position for a run next year.

  3. WooHoo the Hoosier are tied for first place in the Big Ten !! LOL. I’m happy to see everyone step up in the lost of Creek and Roth. Great game today.

    Happy New Year everyone!! Go Hoosiers !!

  4. The future is scorchingly bright with this team, and this game proves it. This shows me that any player on this team can be the hero on any given day, and that makes me happy.

    Props to Tom Crean, for rallying his team despite the loss of their best player days earlier.

  5. You were right about VJ…Some of the best interior passing I’ve seen in a long time.

    Happy 2010, Tom.


  6. Surprised, no mention of Watford.
    TP played his best game of the year.
    Jones played very well.
    Rivers was very good.
    Defense won the game, rebounding wasn’t bad either.

  7. Great effort by the Hoosiers. This was a fine team effort. Just one question-why only ten minutes of pt for D Elston? He’s too good to be spending 25-30 minutes on the bench every game!

  8. Great way to end this disasterous year for IU sports and bring renewed hope for 2010. J Rivers please work on your free throws…the expression on your father’s face after you missed two important FTs in the final minutes said it all. In any case, congrats to the players and Coach Crean for finishing this game and earning a well earned “W”.

  9. Had a ball at the game. There were a few Mich fans there and I smiled pretty wide at them as I walked out of AH. Happy New Years eve to everyone!

  10. I’m really enjoying how this young team is coming along. Sure there are going to be some road bumps in the season but its really a positive sign to see these kids pull out a grinding win like today. Last year we fell short time and time again. Great win!

  11. Super team effort and good game plan by Coach. We went for the early offense when there were opportunities, but ran sets when it wasn’t there. For the most part we got good decisions from our primary ball handlers. Great defensive effort to extend out and attack their shooters. The team rebounding effort was great. Michigan was never really able to get any rhythm or momentum.

    I’d give the game ball to the entire team, but, as previously noted, we got really good efforts from Hulls, Rivers, Watford, Dumes and Jones. Pritchard was a positive force and Elston and Moore provided solid minutes.

    Michigan is soft as tissue paper. They need some players that want to bang and compete. They sure don’t have many now.

  12. I, too give props to a great team effort. Now…one game does not a season make. Often a team will play over their heads for a game or two after losing a good player. We beat a soft Michigan team (soft… Michigan, sorry for the redunancy) now let’s see how we play on the road against Ohio State and back in the Hall against the Whining Illini. Great start, but only a start.

  13. Can someone summarize what Creek’s mom told the team? The audio link above the Hulls FT pic incorrectly links to the picture.

  14. I’m really surprised that 1TrueFanJS hasn’t come on here and explained all the stupid things TC did and how it was just dumb luck that the Hoosiers somehow won. No, I’m kidding. I’m not really surprised. He’s choking on that coaching gem the rest of us watched.

  15. Kudos to the whole team, players and coaches alike. Everybody that played made a positive contribution. The coaching decisions were right on the money too…I was really worried when we went with the small lineup, but Coach knew what he was doing and the guys got a great team win!

    Everytime Rivers drives the lane I cringe, but I gotta give the kid credit he made a huge shot at the end, and played a great game without the ball otherwise. Without his defense and rebounding we were in trouble. In limited minutes I also thought that Elston and Moore made solid contributions. Pritchard looked the best he has all year too.

    The Hall was rocking today, the future is bright.

    Go Hoosiers! Happy New Year!!!

  16. CHet-

    I can remember the glory days when no one name-called, there was no negativity, and blogging was just a simple pleasure undertaken by intelligent,objective minds talking only about sports…

    Now, we are all just negative name-callers and cynics, oh, woe is me! What shall we do???

  17. a great win yesterday, last year we would have folded when a run was made at us,this team is tougher.what a differance a year and a great recruiting class makes!I hope the a-hole that was booing the hoosiers at the loyola game saw this one.

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