Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
The IU baseball team is ranked anywhere from No. 3 to No. 7 in preseason polls, but coach Tracy Smith says it will be business as usual, Dustin writes.

New Indiana defensive coordinator Brian Knorr is up for a challenge and ready to attack, Andy writes.

An improved understanding of defenses and game plans allowed IU basketball to show more zone and press looks against Illinois, Dustin wrote.

The IU basketball team feels like it’s getting better, but they’re not at their best yet, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Former Hoosier Eric Gordon is trying to ignore trade rumors and “give more” to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Associated Press reports.

Final word on whether Nebraska guard Deverell Biggs, the team’s third-leading scorer, has been dismissed from the team will come today, Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Noah Vonleh will be just the latest future NBA first-rounder to roll through Lincoln when Indiana visits, Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald writes.

Ex-IU recruiting target Dante Exum has made it official, he’s going pro, Jeff Borzello at CBSsports.com writes.

Former Hoosier Cody Zeller talks about trying to dunk on Blake Griffin and road trips in his latest rookie diary entry, with Matt Dollinger of SI.com.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Speaking of Mr. Biggs, here’s the Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs and the Sex Pistols with “No One is Innocent.”

7 comments

  1. I like Knorr’s comments in Andy’s article. I mean, if you’re going to get beat on defense, it’s better to go down swinging (being aggressive) than it is to be a punching bag. If you’re going to make mistakes, always make aggressive mistakes.

  2. If Noah Vonleh, yes the Noah we all know and love- humble, hungry, skilled…had not chosen IU and Crean what school/program/coach would you feel is a good fit for him.

    I would say Self and Kansas. For Troy I would pick Izzo.

  3. Louisville would have been a nice choice for Noah…They seem steadily competitive while embracing a lot of his family and work values.

    Geoff is probably more equipped to analyze the roster and style of play concerns with regard to fit.

    Troy…? VCU?

  4. I could see Noah at Georgetown for sure. Troy has UNC written all over him to me, but I really like the VCU call. My sneaky call on Troy would be Alabama, they always have a guy like him…

  5. Noah at Gtown is a great point, really wish Noah could’ve been a frosh on IU last yr, feel bad he is here when we are bad

  6. But he did choose IU and he stuck with that decision knowing that it wasn’t going to be all peaches and cream…

    So what he doesn’t get in having q slightly stronger 2014 program(and I’m by no means ready to put this year out to pasture), he gains in character and leadership qualities.

    He and his teammates have a beautiful chance to turn doubt and underdog into a mission of bonding and belief without the hype. A more undaunted and fiery form of basketball may be the pluses in March from those lessons of honor.

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