Hoosier Morning

Tom Pritchard is fouled by Savannah State as he goes in to the basket last week. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

STARTING FIVE

1. INDIANA VS. KENTUCKY

Indiana and Kentucky looks like a mismatch once again, but IU is slowly gaining ground on UK and, in the process, may have a better chance at success, I wrote.

The IDS’ Nathan Hart came to the same conclusion: ultimately, recruiting a new batch of one-and-dones every season does not work. A year after perhaps his most memorable college game, Maurice Creek is slowly making progress, the IDS’ Greg Rosenstein wrote. The IDS also named the top-10 stories of the fall, and Codypalooza beat out Bill Lynch.

Indiana will try to get out and attack Kentucky, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel’s Pete DiPrimio wrote.

The basketball revival is fully underway, the AP’s Mike Marot wrote.

Here also is the CBSSports.com preview of the IU-Kentucky game:

2. INDIANA FOOTBALL

Kevin Wilson is hitting the ground running and is so focused on what he has to do, he not yet stopped to think of what got him here, Dustin wrote.

It remains unclear if Wilson will coach in the Fiesta Bowl, the Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens wrote. Wilson also sat down for a two-part Q&A with ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg.

3. OTHER INDIANA SPORTS

Jordan Haverly left one Big Red (Nebraska) and now is on the volleyball team at the other Big Red, Andy wrote. Southern California is Indiana’s biggest challenge yet in the volleyball Sweet 16, Jim Gordillo wrote.

Coming off a big win against Nebraska, the women’s basketball suffered a loss to Miami (Ohio), Jim wrote.

4. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Jared Sullinger was far too much for IUPUI, scoring 40 points (26 in the second half) as Ohio State beat IUPUI, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist wrote.

Michigan will try to be better than it was a year ago against Utah, its worst performance of the season, AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein wrote. For the first time, Fran McCaffery will experience the Iowa-Iowa State rivalry, the Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Scott Dochterman wrote.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Elvis’ “Kentucky Rain.”

35 comments

  1. I am devastated by how good Terrence Jones is looking. He is already built like Karl Malone. We are going to need to shoot the lights out from long range if we are to stay with this team.

  2. I am so pumped for this IU/UK game. Hope it is not a let down. I remember going to the game last year and IU really hung tough for the first 15 minutes and I think IU was only down single digits at half…not sure. If and a big IF IU shoots the ball well from deep and rebounds…they can beat UK!

  3. The IU-Kentucky promo I saw the other day said something along the lines of “Watch Kentucky’s freshmen take to the floor” and did not even mention that IU was playing.

  4. Someone will need to step up and have a good game. Not our normal one or two guys scoring. Could Oladipo “arrive”? Will Roth come in and nail a couple of backbreakers? Can Pritchard slow down Jones?
    Start fast, play D and rebound. Start fast, play D, and rebound. Start fast, play D, and rebound. Make good, smart PASSES! I am usually realistic, and for some reason I feel IU will win.

  5. I hate to say it, but Terrance Jones could foul Pritchard out in the first half …sadly …I also saw that ESPN commercial talking about Kentucky without mentioning Indiana at all …1hat a beotch slap at us …That will change in a year or two

  6. Just ordered 12 ” Win with Wilson ” t-shirts from the IU bookstore for us displaced Arizona Hoosier fans …we are all stoked about this hire …thanks Fred …you da man !

  7. I try to be as optomistic as anyone, but I think it’s going to be a rough game. For some reason I keep getting the feeling that Pritch and Capo will foul out….in the first half. We’re going to have to knock down a ton of threes to stay in this one, but we definately have the firepower to pull that off. Nothing would make my day like pulling off this upset!!

  8. Mattsi4,
    I’ve tried to be patient w/TP all season. I thought he was doing better without the cast. But he’s not called the Reacher for nothing. I think IU should just pound it inside. Make it as physical as they can. Force Pritch, Capo and Elston to score down low with alot of head fakes and kick outs. Hopefully free throws and 3-pointers are falling. Hit C.Wat on curls to the lane.
    I also think Crean and co. have been sandbagging a little.

  9. If anyone read the Indystar friday recruiting notebook, it sounds like Chandler will come to IU if he can qualify academically.

    IU needs a big guy, and he defintely fits the bill.

  10. I don’t know if Jones and Knight completely fill the roster losses of Patterson, Wall, Bledsoe, and Cousins.
    Hulls and Watford have elevated their games and we’re considerably deeper coming off the bench with guys that can give quality minutes.
    We’ve been shooting the ball extremely well the last few games. It’s always tough to win a road game at Kentucky, but I like our chances much more than last year. I like them more if Hulls is running the show at the point. This is not the game we need VJ going into his one-on-one mindset with his defender..Distribute and play unselfishly. Let Rivers follow and harass that 5-star from Oregon so tightly around the court that it will irritate his shadow. Basketball is an unpredictable sport. Let’s hope it’s up to some of that surprise tomorrow.

    Go Hoosiers!

    Can the Scoop staff maybe wear something other than blue for this game?

  11. Love the photo. Tom Pritchard has learned the secret of “poster jumping”. Once you actually get your feet off of the ground, then bend the knees to make it look like you are 2-3 feet off of the floor! Well done TP!

  12. I would really like to be optimistic about IU’s chances tomorrow but I think the talent level along with the Rupp atmosphere could be too much for this group of Hoosiers. I wish it was a neutral site game at Freedom Hall. I hope our guys show the ability to overcome the pressure filled atmosphere and don’t fall into periods of turnovers/stagnant offense/lapses on defense that have been prevalent in the past. I know this is a more experienced group but I still don’t see the floor general type leadership and poise needed to overcome a team that has more talent and length at almost every position.
    If VJIII is walking the ball up the floor at the start of the game and stands around dribbling we are toast!
    Pritchard and Elston need to play the game of their lives…..without fouling out.

  13. Nobody out there gives the Hoosiers any respect in this one. I expect the guys will exceed every expectation. AND do not move these games off campus, because as excited as I am about this year’s team and season, next year’s game against the kitties in the Hall is going to be absolutely amazing!!!

    Go Hoosiers!!! Really proud of ya!!

  14. Why would you want to keep it neutral? Do you think the reporters for the Lexington Herald are going to keep it neutral? Is the Boston Globe neutral about the Celtics? How about the Denver Post and the Broncos? You guys aren’t covering a UAW strike or a START conference, you’re covering the hometown college basketball team.
    Neutral is not always a good thing nor a smart thing.

  15. Chet,
    They’re all supposed to be. Rule No. 1 of this gig is no cheering in the press box. I could go back and forth with you for days on why, but that’s rule of the profession.

  16. I respectfully disagree. I understand your point. I truly do. If you are working for ESPN or USA Today. But you aren’t. You are working for the Bloomington newspaper covering the local college team. You are not a non-biased media outlet covering a generic sports team.
    On the other hand. If you were a media outlet cover general news, I would hope you would be reasonably non-biased. That is to say, please don’t be Fox News.
    Perhaps it is a personal thing. I may be wrong. I want my local sports media to be somewhat of a cheerleader for the local sports team.
    If you can’t do that, and you aren’t going to support the local team, then please do something about major media outlets and try to make them at least approach the neighborhood of the truth.

  17. I was just kidding around, Dustin. I just thought it would be fun to sport the colors during a big rivalry game..maybe wear IU sweatshirts…Sorry it was made into a mini controversy. I know you’re Hoosier fans. I really don’t care if you show up in your birthday suits as long the laptop stays away from laps.

    Let’s beat the Cats today!!

  18. Chet,

    But by your argument, the Indy Star should root for Mitch Daniels and the Washington Post for Barack Obama. Yes, there is a difference between covering government and sports. But it’s still reporting — finding out information, both the good and the bad, and telling your readers about it. The same way you do not want Fox News to be what Fox News is, we do not want the H-T to be something other than objective.

  19. Hugh, that argument doesn’t hold water as there is opposition to both of your examples right there in those cities. I also expressed a dichotomy between sporting news and general news even going so far as to give examples. I believe that the nature of your coverage of the local college is more the exception than the rule. I have lived all over the country and, as in my examples, the Denver Post does favor the Broncos and the Boston Globe does favor the Celtics. This is particularly true in college coverage. It’s not that I don’t think your coverage shouldn’t be honest. Of course it should. But honesty does not require the level of negativity and sarcasm that so often manages slip into the stories.
    I like to take pictures. My photographs have changed quite a bit from my youth. In some ways it has been a matter of style. In other ways, I simply have learned more about photography. I am sure you will look back on your writing with similar feelings when you get older. I do enjoy your writing and will likely follow your career on some level. Enjoy the game.

  20. Hammel wore Hoosier colors, I saw him do so many times. Maybe Hammel was not objective(because of his relationships in IU sports)while he was here, but yet his professionalism earned him respect and accolades. But he also learned you could not have lard unless you boiled the fat. In clutch time he was the go-to. When a new paper started in Bloomington back in the 60’s, he by way of his writings near single handedly saved the HT and ran the upstart into the ground. Objectivity did not and could not have gotten that deed, done.

  21. Fellas,
    Listen, I really do understand where you guys are coming from. And furthermore, if you think we’re being overly sarcastic and trying to be negative in an attempt to prove objectivity, feel free to call us out on it. I don’t think I do that in stories, but maybe we go a little too off-page in the videos. That’s up for open debate, and if you think it’s too far, say so.
    And I understand why you guys want some cheerleader type coverage, and the internet has allowed outlets to take advantage of that market. There are some fan sites out there like Inside the Hall and Inside Indiana/Peegs that don’t hide their biases but also do very good work. There is a lot of logic that suggests that if your readers want you to be on the side of your team you should be because it will add readers and you can also get better access if you’re always saying what the program wants you to.
    But if you purport yourself to be a journalistic organization, you have to maintain that in all areas and abide by the standards and practices of the profession. Furthermore, if you have aspirations of moving up in the profession (and I do) you have to realize those are the standards by which you will be judged.
    Objectivity is one of those. Like you said, everyone has biases, but the point is to limit their effects. To be totally honest here, if I just let my personal fan biases take over, I wouldn’t be taking Indiana’s side anyway, I’d be taking Penn State’s. I do everything I can to suppress that bias. There are t-shirts and hats I have from my undergraduate days that I don’t wear anymore so that no one thinks I’m really in that camp.
    Again, I understand why this doesn’t make a lot of sense. By the standards of most other businesses, journalism’s standards and practices don’t make any sense. One of my favorite writers is Chuck Klosterman, and in an essay about newspapers, he once wrote “What the public has to understand is that journalists aren’t like you. They have higher ethics and less common sense.” But there’s a reason they are that way. The point is to provide you a perspective that is as pure and unbiased as possible. Do we hit that every time? No. But it’s better to try than not to. I’ll agree to disagree here, but just know that’s where we’re coming from.

  22. If you believe in that Klosterman’s statement then you are as out of touch as he is. What journalists have to understand is the public is not like them. The public does not have to be understanding. We are the customer. We are not enamored with you. It is the single biggest reason I no longer buy(for near 2 decades)news print. There is a reason The Gray Lady is grayer and becoming less relevant. In other words no longer measures up.

  23. HC,
    OK, I’ll rephrase. You guys don’t have to understand us. You don’t have to buy newspapers and you don’t have to read this blog. But if you want to understand us, you have to realize that we’re coming from a different perspective than most people and the profession operates differently than most others.
    Really what I’m telling you is this. This is my job. This is how I have to do it. I’m trying to explain to you my job and granting you the point that it doesn’t make sense compared to the way the rest of the business world works.
    I could send you every article and book I read in college that explains why that is, or we could just agree to disagree. I’ll keep bringing you sports news while wearing neutral colors and not cheering for or against anybody. If you want to consume it, great. If you don’t, fine. If you want to read news delivered to you by fans, I can give you several good recommendations, and perhaps you’ll enjoy that more.

  24. OK Hugh, I understand. Here is my question. Why don’t other college town sports beat writes follow your cue? Why is it that, in pretty much every other college town, the sports beat writers can show favoritism to the local team? I’m talking about the Rick Reillys of the world, who unabashedly cheered for the Denver Broncos (OK, not a college example) while raking up 11 Sportswriter of the Year awards. It is not a mutually exclusive position.
    I don’t mean to be overly critical. I’m just using this forum for discussion and I don’t want to seem as if I’m condemning you guys, which I am most assuredly not.

  25. Chet,
    Thanks, and again, I see where you guys are coming from. I don’t get the same impression about college town papers as you do, though. You mentioned the Lexington Herald-Leader in an earlier post, and Jerry Tipton, the UK beat writer, actually takes a lot of heat for how critical he is of the Wildcats. Plus, if you recall, the Herald-Leader won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for exposing Kentucky for paying players.
    I’m not saying that there aren’t situations of what you’re talking about, but I don’t think it’s universally prevalent, and it certainly isn’t something that’s considered something to strive for within the profession. I think if you asked the reporters that you think show favoritism why they do, they will come up with a rationalization to explain that they aren’t. I don’t KNOW that, but in my years in this profession, it’s been made quite clear to me that favoritism is not a becoming quality. Beyond even how my current bosses would view it, I’m certain my two previous sports editors (Korman being one, Chris Simmons of the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, Va. being the other) would immediately disown me as a former colleague if I showed up for a game in team colors.
    Now, you mentioned Reilly. You have to keep in mind that he’s a columnist and his writing is understood to be opinion. (Beyond that, he obviously isn’t writing about the Broncos, virtually ever) That allows you a lot more leeway, especially if you’re only writing columns, which usually isn’t the case at smaller papers like ours. There are plenty of columnists out there who are understood to be homers, but you read their columns with that understanding, and I don’t necessarily have a problem with someone taking that tact as long as that’s understood. Bill Simmons of ESPN.com is another example. He makes no bones about the fact that he’s a Boston fan. I don’t have a problem with that, because when I read his stories, I know its his opinion and not necessarily pure fact.
    And that brings it back to why a beat writer shouldn’t show favoritism. I think you want to know that what I’m writing is as close to the truth as possible. I don’t think you want me protecting the program if it doesn’t deserve it. I think you want me providing fact and honest analysis based on what is happening that isn’t tinted by what I wanted or didn’t want to happen. This doesn’t seem as valuable at this very second when Tom Crean appears to be doing things well and building the program the way you’d like to see it built. But when things aren’t being run the way you’d expect them run — such as in the Sampson situation — you’d rather have someone trying to figure out what’s really going on and you don’t want to wonder whether the person who is reporting it to you has an agenda. That can’t be a switch a reporter turns on and off, either. You can’t suddenly start being objective at those times when you haven’t been previously. That hurts your credibility.
    Now, that’s not to say I don’t need to take your perspectives into account. I think it’s very important for me to develop an understanding of how important fans take Indiana sports and what you expect from the teams you root for. I need to know what you care about and I need to know what things mean to you. Whether I share your joy or pain in certain circumstances, I need to be able to capture it. I can’t isolate myself from it completely.
    I hope this makes sense. Again, I understand that the standards are strange and not everyone follows them to the letter. And I understand where you’re coming from when you say you’d like the local paper to be a cheerleader. That was obviously something that used to happen all the time. I’ve seen plenty of old newspapers with headlines that said things like “We Win.” But for all of the reasons I’ve mentioned and more, that’s just not the way we’re going to operate. I hope that the stories we write and news we provide are still enjoyable and valuable to you despite that.

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