Hoosier Morning

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE INDIANA

Indiana’s Tom Pritchard (25) and Victor Oladipo, right, fight for the rebound while Jeremiah Rivers, center, blocks out. Indiana defeated Mississippi Valley State 71-54 on Tuesday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

STARTING FIVE

1. INDIANA 71, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 54

With only one scorer in double figures and a woeful shooting percentage, Indiana still won because it has bought into its identity: defense, Dustin writes. The failed dunk Tuesday proved that Maurice Creek is still not the player you (or he) wants him to be, I wrote.

Over at Inside the Hall, Zachary Osterman writes that the Hoosiers are maturing, Ryan Corazza has The Minute After and also a photo gallery from James Brosher.

The IDS’ team coverage has this: an opportunistic defense and unselfish passing were enough for Indiana, from Ryan Winn; Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo earned their way onto the court with positive contributions, from Greg Rosenstein; and the general admission student section needs time and patience to fill up, from Nathan Hart.

During their third win in five days, the Hoosiers’ depth was on display, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s LaMond Pope writes. Allowing one field goal in 14 minutes was an example of a ferocious defense, the Star’s Terry Hutchens writes. Jordan Hulls’ highlight pass drew comparisons to Bob Cousy and Isiah Thomas from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel’s Pete DiPrimio.

No embed code, but here are the Big Ten Network highlights.

2. IT’S STILL ALL ABOUT 83 POINTS

Another day, another batch of coverage about the 83-point fallout. Even if Indiana wanted to forget about Saturday, it could not, Andy writes.

It’s just how the BCS controls the system, the New York Times’ William C. Rhoden writes. Where’s the outrage about Indiana not being able to stop Wisconsin from running up the score?, SBNation.com’s Holly Anderson writes.

3. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Ohio State responded to an angry Thad Matta at halftime and rolled over Florida during the second half, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist writes. Penn State was awful on offense, but defense carried the Nittany Lions to a win against St. Joseph’s, the Daily Collegian’s Emily Kaplan writes.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan shuffled his lineup but it did not matter, with the Badgers easily beating North Dakota, Madison.com’s Rob Schultz writes. Iowa got Fran McCaffery his first win, a 28-point defeat of Louisiana-Monroe, the Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Scott Dochterman writes. Michigan State was far from percent against South Carolina, but still defeated the Gamecocks, the Detroit Free-Press’ George Sipple writes.

There are two Big Ten games tonight. D.J. Byrd is expanding his game for Purdue as it prepares for Alcorn State, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn writes. Northwestern will try to snap its road woes as it heads to UTPA, the Daily Northwestern’s Katherine Driessen writes.

4. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

Penn State is catching Indiana at the exact right time, the Harrisburg Patriot-News’ Bob Flounders writes.

Ohio State has not been a good starting team this season, the Columbus Dispach’s Ken Gordon writes. Iowa does not need to make drastic changes, the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Pat Harty writes. Its been 16 years since Wisconsin won at Michigan, Madison.com’s Tom Mulhern writes.

Northwestern QB Evan Watkins is ready to lead the team against Illinois, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein writes. Michigan State is trying to slow down Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan, the Lansing State Journal’s Denny Schwarze writes. Rob Henry will likely start at quarterback against Michigan State for Purdue, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Mike Carmin writes.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Kings of Leon’s “Radioactive.”

28 comments

  1. I know it has been the subject of much debate, but I thought both Pritch and Capo played very well last night. I was down on Bobby’s awareness/rotation, but he did well at it last night. Wanted to give him his due praise.If both guys can play well and improve, we will be that much better.

    I still think Pritch will be the starter if he keeps practicing and playing like he is, and will only get better this year once he actually has his dominant hand back. Not a Double Double guy, but he runs our offense well, rebounds, and has been playing better and smarter D, I think he only had 2 fouls last night. If he gets his confidence back he will be a better scorer than Bobby unless we need a big who can shoot further from the basket.

  2. While they may have played decently last night, I’m still concerned about them in B10 play. As for Pritch, the 2 prior games against inferior teams/big men and he still fouled out. Not sure how much improvement that is when he did that consistently last year as well. Hard worker, but unfortunately I’m not sold on him. Very curious to see Guy out there and what he can do. Hopefully he’s not a fouling machine like our other bigs.

  3. According to kenpom.com Alford’s New Mexico is already beating the odds. They beat Arizona State last night, a game kenpom had them listed to lose (by one).

  4. Coach Alford has put himself together a nice looking squad. It would probably be competing for the national championship if their top dog didn’t go pro early.

  5. Maybe it’s down to playing inferior opponents — after all, this b-ball non-conference schedule would make te guys putting our football schedule together scream “cupcake!” — but this seems like a much quicker, stronger, and smarter basketball team than we’ve seen in a while. The way they hound people on defense is astounding and, although the shots are still falling inconsistently, they’re getting good, open shots through movement. Looking through the non-conference, we should easily be in double-digit wins entering Big Ten play with at least 10, and possibly 12 wins. Even a bad Big Ten season would get us playing past the Big Ten Tourney.

    As far as Pritchard goes…well, let’s wait until he’s got that club off of his hand and then see how stuff goes.

  6. Yeah, TP did’nt hear the whistle much last night for once. I think the refs were letting them play a little in that aspect. But I still believe the team is better when Capo is in over TP. I used my own plus/minus system and TP and Capo tied. I believe Capo had more minutes, therefore more + & – points. Like someone said, “There are reasons the Coach has a certain player on the floor.”(paraphrase) Heres to Pritchard getting healthy and contributing even more..

  7. Just noticed in the upper left corner of this page that you get a 5% discount per IU TD on the Monday after the game at TIS and the Indiana Shop. I was thinking that if Wisconsin did this, they would be giving away stuff at over 50% off…

  8. Sorry, Pritch had more minutes. Which to me says Capo is more active overall. Thanks for your Patience. Hoagland, no ill will toward you.

  9. The IU vs New Mexico debate will be silenced on the court in December. May the better team win! I am not worried at all!

  10. Anyone notice that 4tards doesn’t post a lot when things are looking good for the team?

    Usually, when he lacks in something negative to say, he either disappears or talks about New Mexico.

  11. I’m waiting for the team to have a bad game or lose so I can come gloat about how right I am. Go Alford and Stevens I love you!

  12. I just don’t feel the need to respond to a bunch of non basketball related personal attacks.
    When you want to talk IU basketball, let me know.

    IDS 10/28/09
    Fred Glass confirmed today that football coach Bill Lynch will remain in his position as head coach of the IU football program at least until his contract expires in two years. “I think contracts need to mean something again at Indiana University”

  13. It’s obvious that Glass made those comments because we have needed stability in coaching positions and financially. There was a period of time earlier this decade when we were paying a whole list of people who no longer worked at IU. Obviously, particularly with the catch-22 of no contract extensions hurting recruits, no major college AD is in a position to promise never to make a coaching change.

    I think anyone who takes Glass’s comments regarding contracts literally is a fool. Looks like I’m right.

  14. I am confused. I thought somebody explained that if IU bought his contract out…it would be the same thing. Man, you have too much time on your hands to go look that kind of stuff up. Why does that matter to you? You don’t care about football anyway. Glass has been first class all the way here. I for one don’t care if he goes back on his word. when he made those comments he thought for sure like ALL national media that IU football was bowl bound this year and would not get beaten by 83 points! 83 points changes a heck of a lot!

  15. JPat must have missed the part…..will remain in his position as head coach of the IU football program. It would not be the same thing, his base salary is like a 3rd of what he would be paid otherwise.
    I care because he will look like a fool who nobody will take seriously from here on out.

  16. Shouldn’t a scholarship be viewed as a contract? Sure seems like I remember 4guards advocating forcing kids out of the Indiana basketball program when he thought there may not be sufficient slots on the roster for something better coming up the ranks.

    I find it just as embarrassing to the integrity of a university to not honor its commitment to a student-athlete that has lived up to all rules of team conduct and remained in good academic standing. A bit of hypocrisy to believe a coach/teacher deserves stricter enforcement a contractual obligation than the athlete/student. It’s a harsh world. If we can remove and spit out decent kids that are falling a little short of our expectations on the basketball court as if their scholarships and original letters of intent are now nothing more than a stale piece of gum, then I don’t think the world need view us too harshly for giving a coach, a grown man that would likely admit his team’s performance has fallen well below any rational measure for reasonable improvement, a half million bucks to keep his gum in his mouth and sit at home during the final year his contract.

  17. Shouldn’t a scholarship be viewed as a contract? Sure seems like I remember 4guards advocating forcing kids out of the Indiana basketball program when he thought there may not be sufficient slots on the roster for something better coming up the ranks.
    I find it just as embarrassing to the integrity of a university to not honor its commitment to a student-athlete that has lived up to all rules of team conduct and remained in good academic standing. A bit of hypocrisy to believe a coach/teacher deserves stricter enforcement a contractual obligation than the athlete/student. It’s a harsh world. If we can remove and spit out decent kids that are falling a little short of our expectations on the basketball court as if their scholarships and original letters of intent are now nothing more than a stale piece of gum, then I don’t think the world need view us too harshly for giving a coach, a grown man that would likely admit his team’s performance has fallen well below any rational measure for reasonable improvement, a half million bucks to keep his gum in his mouth and sit at home during the final year his contract.

  18. A scholarship is a year to year contract, and I don’t advocate forcing kids out. I have given opinions on who should be forced out if we are indeed forcing people out. cough..capo..cough

  19. Resigning would also nullify the contract. Seems there are a lot of options available to a lawyer.

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