Hoosier Morning for Nov. 9

The IU soccer team is glad to still be playing as the first neutral site Big Ten Tournament comes to Indiana, I wrote.

Senior wide receiver Ricky Jones is on the ball one way or another for the Hoosiers, Andy writes.

Four-star forward Justin Smith headlines IU basketball’s recruiting class with Signing Day upon us, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

The IU defense was stifling against Bellarmine, including shot-clock violations, which are the subject of this film session, by Ryan Corazza of Inside the Hall.

Expectations are heightened once again for Tom Crean’s Hoosiers heading into the 2016-17 season, Zain Pyarali of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

OG Anunoby is a third team preseason All-American, according to The Sporting News.

This year’s Indiana defense isn’t the same tissue paper Penn State is used to ripping through, David Jones of PennLive.com writes.

A “psycho” kicking game is the biggest concern now for Indiana and other Big Ten notes, Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald writes.

Numbers that matter for Indiana against Penn State, including the possibility of a sixth win, Sammy Jacobs of HoosierHuddle.com writes.

Five factors for Indiana in the win at Rutgers and overcoming the turnovers, Billy at puntjohnpunt.com writes.

In honor of the now completed election, here’s “Big Decisions” by My Morning Jacket.


  1. The song for the day, Big Decisions. Good, but so many choices for today. How about Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction ?

    Hawaii – on-site coverage? Would be hard to leave Bloomington in mid-November but somebody needs to bite the bullet and head west. Way west.

  2. I’m really looking forward to seeing IUBB in action on Friday. Love the match-up.

    I have no predictions this year because I don’t care about all of that. I enjoy watching the season unfold. I will say, I’m absolutely pumped about the prospect of watching OG all season long. He’s turning into one of my favorite Indiana players (certainly during the Crean era, so far).

    Let’s hope the Hoosiers don’t drink for the same water fountain they did last year when they went to Hawaii.

  3. This will be a nice opportunity for Crean to talk to a coach actually more Self-infatuated….

  4. Thanks guys. I appreciate it. I think I’ll just peek in from time to time and see how things are for the time being. I believe I speak for Doug (Double Down) as well. He didn’t really appreciate the unsolicited personal attack when he made an appearance recently.

  5. Go Hoosiers!!! Wow…Miles Bridges on MSU is a very, very impressive basketball talent. Who recruits for the Spartans….? Tom Crean still feed Izzo a couple suggestions? Bridges is Dipo with actual basketball savvy.

    1. At the risk of sending this train off the tracks. I often said Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey were Indiana’s two best players moving and cutting off the ball, which seems to require basketball savvy. Fundamentals may be debated, but that’s a different matter.

  6. Let’s be honest. Regardless of your opinion of IU basketball, if you were an ‘invested individual’ looking to facilitate a young man to an opportunity to play in the NBA the numbers suggest IU would be a good option.

    1. Chet,
      On the surface you’re right, however just one top 100 recruit signed with Indiana this week and Kris Wilkes will almost assuredly announce for UCLA on Sunday. Is Indiana just too squeaky clean or are there underlying issues in play? Perhaps a bit of both?

      Either way, enjoy this season while you can. Who knows what the future holds?

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