Hoosier Morning

Photo: Chris Howell | Herald-Times

STARTING FIVE

1. INDIANA BASKETBALL

While Tom Crean certainly does not enjoy the losing, he said he enjoys the teaching aspect of the job right now, Dustin wrote.

In a recruiting notebook, I wrote how Trey Lyles is handling the pressure of being a young IU commit and his team’s go-to leader, and the attitude that has made Brebeuf’s P.J. Thompson a key member of his team.

If you haven’t read it yet, here’s my commentary on the Derek Elston tripping incident. It also ran in the paper, but we decided to put it up yesterday on the Scoop as well.

Dejuan Marrero told the Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep that he is still considering Indiana.

The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s Ben Smith wonders when its OK to criticize Crean.

2. INDIANA FOOTBALL

A report has Indiana hiring Wyoming defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery to coach the IU defensive ends. Montgomery is a former lineman himself at Iowa.

Tight end Ted Bolser was named to another Freshman All-America team.

Doug Mallory had no problems coming back to a school that once fired his father, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel’s Pete DiPrimio wrote.

3. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Down nine with 2:30 remaining, Michigan State battled back, forced overtime and then held on to defeat Wisconsin in a game that mattered so much to the team’s future, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode wrote.

Jordan Taylor blamed himself for Wisconsin losing the lead and the game, Madison.com’s Rob Schultz wrote. Here are the Big Ten Network highlights.

Penn State pulled off the upset, defeating No. 16 Illinois on Andrew Jones’ put-back dunk with 0.7 seconds remaining, the Daily Collegian’s Emily Kaplan wrote. It was another disappointing loss for Illinois against Penn State, the Champaign News-Gazette’s Paul Klee wrote. Here are the Big Ten Network highlights.

Winning provides the best lessons according to Ohio State coach Thad Matta, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist wrote.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery is optimistic about his team’s chances against Northwestern, the Des Moines Register’s Rick Brown wrote.

Minnesota will not suspend Trevor Mbakwe for allegedly violating a restraining order against him, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Myron P. Medcalf wrote.

4. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

Brady Hoke is better than his record indicates and may very well be the right man to lead the Michigan program, the Detroit Free-Press’ Michael Rosenberg wrote.

Illinois has lost three impact players — Mikel Leshoure, Martez Wilson and Corey Liuget — to the NFL. Liuget’s departure means the most to the Illini, ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg wrote.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Modest Mouse’s “Little Motel.”

4 comments

  1. Hammer,
    Do you blindly follow whatever people tell you? If you see somebody rob a store and then he tells you he didn’t do it , do you you believe him because HE said he didn’t do it? I think the issue at hand is that it was clear to most people, that Elston tripped the guy intentionally. I don’t think anybody here thinks that it was a horrible act. I think most reasonable people are a little confused as to why Elston doesn’t man up and admit what he did was intentional. Maybe Elston will have people to cover for him all the time the rest of his life, I don’t know, but lying will never get you very far in the long run. I am sure that Elston is going to run into this little thing in life called “Karma” very soon.

  2. Anyone else look at the photo of Crean and immedaitely say to themselves “if do right, no can defense”?

  3. The age old saying is – Basketball does not build character, it reveals character. Looks like some of Elston’s character is revealed with the trip and his lies to cover it up. – Nuff said – Go IU!

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