Hoosier Morning

New Mexico coach Steve Alford talks to a referee during the Las Vegas Classic. Mark Damon | Associated Press

STARTING FIVE

1. INDIANA BASKETBALL

Steve Alford, now the head coach at New Mexico, seems to have found a comfortable home with the Lobos, I wrote. Cody Zeller is playing in the Hall of Fame Classic today, Andy wrote.

The IDS’ Nathan Hart calculates lineup plus-minus and published a post on the Basketblog looking at the top-10 and bottom-10. It’s interesting stuff, especially that Verdell Jones is in all of the bottom-10 lineups. The best? Maurice Creek, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls, Jones and Christian Watford.

Randy Wittman may be the head coach for the Washington Wizards on Friday when they play the Pacers, the Star’s Jeff Rabjohns wrote.

On the recruit front, Peter Jurkin went up against Marshall Plumlee and had seven points, six rebounds and three blocks. Ron Patterson took Darryl Baker to school, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds, five steals and three assists in a Broad Ripple win. Austin Etherington put in 20 points as Hamilton Heights beat Guerin Catholic.

2. INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The nonconference schedule did not go as planned for the Indiana women but the so-called second season begins today with a game at home against Northwestern, Jeremy wrote.

3. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Illinois went through a long 17 days without a win, but finally broke that streak with a win against Iowa, the Champaign News-Gazette’s Paul Klee wrote. The 3-pointer destroyed Iowa, the Des Moines Register’s Rick Brown wrote.

It might be a while before Ohio State figures out just how good it is, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist wrote. The conference has a unique group of stars, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Myron P. Medcalf wrote. Purdue’s Ryne Smith has given the Boilermakers a legit 3-point threat, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn wrote.

AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein places Indiana last in the Big Ten in his latest power poll.

4. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

Illinois won its first bowl game since 1999 behind the performance of Corey Liuget and Mikel Leshoure, the Champaign News-Gazette’s Paul Klee wrote.

TCU is very much impressed by Wisconsin’s offense, especially its size, Madison.com’s Tom Mulhern wrote. Penn State AD Tim Curley said he expects Joe Paterno back for 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bernard Fernandez wrote.

Heisman winner Mark Ingram almost chose Michigan State over Alabama, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode wrote. Should Michigan fire Rich Rodriguez, there are options besides Jim Harbaugh, AnnArbor.com’s Pete Bigelow wrote.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Whiskeytown’s “Everything I Do.”

One comment

  1. Having seen it in person at Vegas, the color of “red” for the Lobos is REALLY bad! Can you imagine a closet full of that stuff?

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