Hoosier Morning

Maurice Creek during the Ohio State game on Friday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

STARTING FIVE

1. INDIANA BASKETBALL

The defense has gotten to a point where it is keeping the team from winning games, Dustin wrote.

The handful of prospects that played over the holiday break did well, Inside the Hall’s Alex Bozich wrote. The Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens wonders when Indiana will win a Big Ten game.

2. INDIANA FOOTBALL

Recruit D’Angelo Roberts was arrested and charged with illegal alcohol consumption over the weekend, Christy Mullins and I wrote.

3. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Bruce Weber had pushed and prodded his team since the Illini lost to UIC and Missouri, and they responded with a win at home against Wisconsin, the Champaign News-Gazette’s Paul Klee wrote. Wisconsin shot 35 percent from the field and Illinois shot 56 percent, Madison.com’s Rob Schultz wrote.

Penn State was hot for a half at Michigan, but the Wolverines came back and then held on for a 10-point win, AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein wrote.

After facing the bruisers of Minnesota, Michigan State takes aim on a much-different Northwestern team, the Lansing State Journal’s Denny Schwarze wrote.

4. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

Hey — remember when five Big Ten teams played on New Year’s Day and had success? That did not happen this year, with all five losing by varying degrees.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney admitted to the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein that it was no fluke, that the better teams won. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has already tried to turn the page, telling his team to let the “scar” of losing the Rose Bowl motivate them, Madison.com’s Tom Mulhern wrote.

After not playing in the Outback Bowl, Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden is leaving the program, the Harrisburg Patriot-News’ David Jones wrote. Bolden began the year as the Penn State starter, but suffered a concussion and never got the job back from walkon Matt McGloin (who threw five interceptions in the bowl). A great column from the Detroit Free-Press’ Michael Rosenberg on the MSU-Alabama contest, decided when one Bama star was born.

Michigan AD Dave Brandon had no update for AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein on the status of Rich Rodriguez.

5. TAKE A LOOK

Bright Eyes’ “Shell Games.”

One comment

  1. There is no doubt the two B10 teams from Michigan performed like paper tigers. As I bet many in B10 land knew would be so beforehand. But the BCS should be embarrassed for some of the mismatches they created and sold as Bowl games. MSU is a fair team; but their selection to compete against the Tide must have come about after rolling something by hand. Bama proved they are the best 3 loss in many decades. Anxious to watch the next 6 games.

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