Hoosier Morning

Maurice Creek lays the ball in against Wright State earlier this season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

STARTING FIVE

1. INDIANA BASKETBALL

Maurice Creek is out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture in his right patella tendon. It’s devastating, especially because Creek was so close to being back — as Tom Crean said he saw Friday in an otherwise-empty gym, Dustin wrote.

It will not be difficult to replace Creek’s 8.3 points a game, but he was so close and after last season, its an emotional loss, I wrote.

This development is not as bad for Indiana as it is for Creek, Inside the Hall’s Zachary Osterman wrote.

IU commit Devin Davis has been playing with a back injury, the Star’s Michael Pointer wrote.

2. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

You know what’s really hard? Coming up with the No. 2 team in the Big Ten. I went with Michigan State, citing a dramatically-improved rebounding margin last week, in my Big Ten Power Poll.

Here is Inside the Hall’s Power Poll — that crew went with Purdue.

Illinois’ home crowd will play a major role this week as the Illini play host to Michigan State (today) and Ohio State (Saturday), the Champaign News-Gazette’s Loren Tate wrote. Michigan State needs to shoot the ball better than it has been, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode wrote.

Both Michigan and Northwestern are trying to bounce back from tough losses on the road, AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein wrote.

People have noticed Penn State’s play so far this Big Ten season, but the team needs to learn how to close out games, the Daily Collegian’s Alex Angert wrote. Purdue is disappointed in two-straight losses but not devastated, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn wrote.

Here are the current Big Ten standings.

3. BIG TEN FOOTBALL

Running back Adam Robinson wants back on the Iowa football team, and his mother is blaming concussions for the destructive behavior that led to him being kicked off, the Des Moines Register’s Bryce Miller wrote.

Brady Hoke and his staff at Michigan are trying to save this recruiting class, the Detroit Free-Press’ Helmholdt wrote.

4. SOMETHING TO READ

An interesting story on how a tough neighborhood in Philadelphia, one of the toughest in the country, is inspired by Michael Vick, from Eric Adelson.

Adelson writes for Yahoo!, and this appears on ThePostgame.com, a new daily web-magazine from Yahoo that is focused on sports. It’s good stuff, so check it out.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Arcade Fire’s “Empty Room.”

One comment

  1. Weren’t there quite a few football recruits on campus this weekend? Any news come out of that?

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