Hoosier Morning

Tandon Doss runs past the Michigan defense earlier this season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

STARTING FIVE

1. TANDON GOES PRO

Citing the desire to stay healthy and also provide for his family, wide receiver Tandon Doss elected to go pro, Dustin wrote.

Damarlo Belcher, Kofi Hughes and Duwyce Wilson will now have increased roles in the offense, the IDS’ Justin Albers wrote. Doss is not saying where exactly the NFL Draft Advisory Board told him he will go, but the Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens wrote that if it was not the top-three rounds Doss would have stayed in school.

Northwestern receivers coach Kevin Johns is leaving the school for the same position at Indiana. The Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein quoted a source as saying a significant raise influenced the decision.

2. INDIANA VS. MINNESOTA

A dangerous Minnesota team got a bit weaker with the news that guard Devoe Joseph will not play in tonight’s game against Indiana, Dustin wrote. (Joseph told members of the team he may transfer)

Indiana has allowed opponents to shoot 52.9 percent from the field during the last four games, a discouraging performance on the defense end, Inside the Hall’s Zachary Osterman wrote. Inside the Hall has a host of other stuff, including their first Big Ten power poll and a Film Session.

Because of its size down low, Minnesota leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounding, Hutch wrote.

Tom Crean could not name his top-five defenders, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s LaMond Pope wrote. Victor Oladipo has to play with a sense of urgency, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel’s Pete DiPrimio wrote.

On the recruiting front, the Star’s Kyle Neddenriep placed Collin Hartman and Devin Davis as his top-two prospects in the class of 2013. He also talked with Jeremy Hollowell, who is talking less and less about Indiana.

3. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

In my weekly Big Ten power poll, I bumped Purdue and Illinois to No.s 2 and 3, and put Indiana at 10th.

Michigan State built a 13-point lead against Northwestern but had to hang on for a 65-62 win. Tom Izzo said he would not let two bad minutes ruin 38, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode wrote. Northwestern needs to win 10 Big Ten games to feel good about its NCAA Tournament chances, but are already 0-2, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein wrote.

With the football team playing in the Sugar Bowl tonight, Ohio State’s basketball game against Iowa is a second-string event, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist wrote. They’ll play Iowa, which is preparing like it will not get Cully Payne back in the lineup this season, the Des Moines Register’s Rick Brown wrote.

Wisconsin’s assist-to-turnover ratio, especially Jordan Taylor’s, is impressive, Madison.com’s Rob Schultz wrote.

4. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

God bless Terrelle Pryor, Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel wrote, because he exposes the underbelly of college athletics.

Iowa officially kicked Adam Robinson off the team Monday, leaving the Hawkeyes with none of the three backs it expected to contribute in August, the Des Moines Register’s Andrew Logue wrote.

Wisconsin has already lost its defensive coordinator this season, and now its offensive coordinator is interviewing for the same position on the Texas staff, Madison.com’s Tom Mulhern wrote. Penn State made a mistake by not playing Robert Bolden down the stretch and then watching him transfer, the Harrisburg Patriot-News’ Bob Flounders wrote.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

The Avett Brothers’ “January Wedding.”

4 comments

  1. Understand that Coach Crean has done an incredible job recruiting, but until this year’s team can play a competitive Big Ten game I won’t be the only only one doubting his X and O IQ. Yes I do understand that the Gophers are big and experienced under the basket but the long time fans are used to a coach coming out with a plan to make a go of it regardless. The excuses for not putting up a fight are growing thin. Time to take some responsibility for the product on the floor Coach Crean! You’re not in a finicial corporate executive position to earn the kind of bucks you;re being paid. Where should the buck stop?

  2. I have never heard Crean not take the blame. He said on his radio show that he has to do better and then went on to name what he had to do better at and what he wanted/needed the team to do better at. I have heard no excuses. Say what you like about the x’s and o’s but listen to the man a little before you say the “excuses are wearing thin.” I am slo not real sure what you mean by not putting up a fight? Every game except Ohio State we were leading or within a few points of the lead relatively late. Did we play well against Penn State, no, but we still took the lead late.

  3. Guess I’m wrong, Crean’s taken the blame for the last three years and he’ll be doing it for the next three. Maybe within the time of his contract IU will have a .500 season with out playing preseason teams that are barely DI.

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