Hoosier Morning

The team celebrates a made Will Sheehey 3-pointer on Tuesday against Minnesota. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

STARTING FIVE

1. INDIANA BASKETBALL

The Hoosiers are a collection of players that, while far from perfect, have stabilized the program and are setting it up for future success — but will fans remember them for that contribution?, I wrote.

A fairly passionate defense of Verdell Jones from Inside the Hall’s Zachary Osterman, stating that his contributions outweigh his blemishes.

2. INDIANA FOOTBALL

Kevin Johns turned a couple of unknowns into All-Big Ten receivers, so what will he do with the talent on Indiana’s roster? That’s what Johns is excited to find out, Dustin wrote.

Here’s a pair (one and two) of interesting Tweets from IDS reporter Justin Albers, who talked to Fred Glass about a variety of subjects, most notably the assistant coach hires.

Indiana’s two defensive coordinators sang each other’s praises and insisted the arrangement will work, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel’s Pete DiPrimio wrote.

3. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Wisconsin’s reserves made significant contributions to aid the Badgers in a 66-50 win against Michigan, Madison.com’s Rob Schultz wrote. Michigan was not careful enough with the ball against Wisconsin, AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein wrote. Here are the Big Ten Network highlights.

Ryne Smith continued his hot play for Purdue, scoring a career-high 20 points in a win at Penn State, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn wrote. Here are the Big Ten Network highlights.

Northwestern plays at Illinois today. The most difficult part for the Illini is transitioning from defending Wisconsin’s swing offense to Northwestern’s modified Princeton look, the Champaign News-Gazette’s Paul Klee wrote. John Shurna is still not 100 percent but will not make excuses for a poor performance against Michigan State, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein wrote.

Minnesota made Devoe Joseph’s transfer official, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Myron P. Medcalf wrote. Three SI.com writers named Jared Sullinger their midseason national player of the year.

4. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

Michigan officially fired Rich Rodriguez Wednesday and AD Dave Brandon admitted Jim Harbaugh is headed to the NFL. An interesting take from the Detroit Free-Press’ Michael Rosenberg, who writes that RichRod failed because of the assistant coach hires and recruiting.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

The Black Keys’ “Ohio.”

17 comments

  1. My dad asked me recently if anyone had announced that they were transferring from IU after Lynch was let go. I think someone asked that on here and it was not answered. Does anyone at the HT or anyone else know the answer? I sure have not read anything on it, know it is still early and all. I also thought Wilson’s quote in the courier press.com was great…something like he would start with working on the defensive side and then get back to offense. I truly believe that if he can magically put a decent defense on the field next year…we could be bowling!

  2. I agree that we tend to forget about the class of 2008 and the fact that they accepted the challenge to come to IU despite the uphill prospects and they have tried to bring the program back.

    Verdell has been the one guy able to create his own shot and score pts in bunches. I will be happy when passes Hoosier icon Isiah Thomas and then powers through the 1000 point milestone.

    Tom and matt have endured many changes in their roles and have seen fewer and fewer opporunities to contribute offensively. I am glad that they have stuck with it and patiently waited for chances to help the Hoosiers win some games.

  3. I had ask that JP. Dustin responded that they had not yet had the needed access to get that info. I would suspect with the staff nearly rounded out it will be a short time before we get that info. I am still as interested as you on this.

  4. Verdell has been the one guy able to create his own shot and score pts in bunches. I will be happy when passes Hoosier icon Isiah Thomas and then powers through the 1000 point milestone.

    Isiah Thomas had 968 points in two seasons. Isiah Thomas averaged 5.7 assists per game. Isiah Thomas led his Hoosier team to a National Championship.

    VJ is a great young man and amassed a good share of points in his first two seasons on Hoosier teams so thin on talent there were few other options to find any scoring output. Many, including this blogger, have been excessively hard on VJ this year. Frustration the entire result a team often unfairly falls upon one name more easily at forefront the glaring errors(turnovers) to blame. In our truest voices we know VJ is a fine Hoosier and deserves our cheers equally to any wearing the cream and crimson our past, present, or future. All that being said, casually placing his pure basketball achievements in the same company as Isiah Thomas, one of the greatest point guards to play the game of basketball(high school, college, and NBA), is complete silliness.

  5. Hugh-

    Though positively not up to date the latest sounds as you, I did really enjoy the song choice today. Is this a relatively new band or am I just listening to pop radio stations that saturate my ears with Bruno Mars and Katy Perry too much?

  6. Jones scoring is neutralized by his many negatives. He needs time on the bench to get his head right, ala Rivers of the past.

  7. Supposedly T.Dienhart has heard IU is looking hard at OL coach from Michigan(Greg Frey)and/or Maryland(Tom Brattan). Frey now 37 yr. old was a 5 year scholarship player for Bobby Bowden at FSU during a run of 1 NC and 5 Bowl games. Another winner.

  8. “These Hoosiers deserve more respect than they get”

    Certainly hope there is a good dose of introspection from a few journalists to go along with the editorializing about unappreciative fans. Specifically, I don’t necessarily think diminishing/minimalizing our current team of talented players by placing them in the background shadows a singular recruit that has been grossly exaggerated as the “everything hinges on” savior a basketball program gives any greater credence a claim of ultimate deserved “respect” than the faith/belief certain young men on our team possess the basketball skills to play closer their high-potential ceilings.
    I find it far more uplifting on the psyche a player that we care enough to invest criticism/frustration because we see enough talent to anticipate better play, than to erase their importance once something better comes into town.

    With every recruiting cycle, the advertising and infatuation the glorified untested players not yet stepping onto a higher level stage, does nothing in way of respect for the accomplishments the unexpected successes(team and individuals)the sport. In my humble opinion, it’s not only somewhat disrespectful of the idea that determination, grit, and hours of practice can sometimes narrow talent gaps, but it also harms the belief that five on the floor playing together can sometimes soar higher than five 5-stars playing as separates. The obsession with the skill of individuals often overrides the focus on the importance of key components in the right spots a great team.

  9. Tom Brattan has a Big Ten background. He was O-line coach for awhile at Northwestern. Another solid,proven coach and recruiter.Hope we can get him.

  10. “Specifically, I don’t necessarily think diminishing/minimalizing our current team of talented players by placing them in the background shadows a singular recruit that has been grossly exaggerated as the “everything hinges on” savior a basketball program gives any greater credence a claim of ultimate deserved “respect” than the faith/belief certain young men on our team possess the basketball skills to play closer their high-potential ceilings.”

    Huh? My degrees are in mathematics, can you say that more simply?

    If you’re saying we are overlooking our current team in favor of the next couple of recruiting classes too much–I agree.

  11. KevinK-

    Funny. You’re right. It was painfully wordy. I made large amounts of beer money in my college days with the uncanny ability to take a two page paper of BS and stretch it into five pages of BS. Unfortunately, the well quickly dried up when those served by my talents received a flunking grade on their papers. If I could have only invented that Facebook thing. Is Facebook any different an excessive desire to listen/look at yourself much like the ramblings of using as many words possible just to see how much you can say without really adding anything interesting? Now I can only dream the wealth and admiration I could have received from every empty-headed, barely breathing, homosapien that spends most their day infatuated with unproductive nothingness.

    At the end of the day, minus the true nutcases that take this stuff far too seriously, should we really be too hard on fans for their frustrations? Many blow steam on blogs. I’m not sure that means they’re disrespectful degenerates. And let’s not totally disregard that good sums of money are paid to watch college ball(your cable bill or the price of a ticket to put your butt in a chair and watch in person). Even if we could impossibly be void the emotional attachment our players and our school, don’t we still deserve a decent product somewhat commensurate the massive money machine sports has become in return?

    I won’t waste more precious time on here covering the topic of how much respect a one-and-done player deserves for simply attending/choosing a university that provides the highest profile place to play the game before leaping to the NBA. How much do they lovingly invest in a school to deserve glowing thoughts of appreciation and thick slathering of respect do they deserve? Maybe some of this carries over into the cynicism that ends up wrongfully directed at those still playing the college game with an actual attachment to the jersey they wear and the fans in the seats they long respectful cheers.

  12. oops.

    How much do they lovingly invest in a school to deserve glowing thoughts of appreciation and thick slathering of respect?

    Northwestern got slapped silly by Illinois. Looks like our great timing a next opponent continues.

  13. With every recruiting cycle, the advertising and infatuation the glorified untested players not yet stepping onto a higher level stage, does nothing in way of respect for the accomplishments the unexpected successes(team and individuals)the sport.

    wtf? put the bong down.

  14. And u all want to ban me from this ridiculous blog ? D-5 blunts ….let me say it simply …Indiana hoops is pathetic and I can’t wait for football to commence …how’s 0 – 16 sit with u all ? Crean is fabulous …gotta say that so I don’t get banned from southern hills central ! Let me tell u all a thing or three …Hoosier fans outside your delusional area of beautiful southern Indiana are gettin’ real sick of this Crean way of losing all games against anyone other than Savannah State …no disrespect for Savannah State intended …the joke continues …carry on

  15. v-

    If you “wtf” something, go wtfy. Is there a problem with finding the perfect release point?

    wynn-

    I don’t think Indiana hoops is pathetic. It’s just going through a bad cycle. It was pathetic when winning was so important we supported a coach that grabbed players by the neck.

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