Found January 14, 2013 on Down with Goldy:
PLAYERS: Jordan Hulls
TEAMS: Indiana Hoosiers
Well that first half was difficult to watch.  At the very least I was hoping for the Gophers to be competitive against Indiana and keep it close in order to justify their top 10 ranking.  Sort of like if Mississippi or Miami was suddenly ranked in the top 10 I'd be quite skeptical and expect them to not be able to hang with the truly elite teams, I am guessing many felt the same way about the Gophers so the first half was no fun at all. At times it seemed like a different team out there than I was used to seeing - taking bad and contested shots, turning the ball over more than usual, and a complete inability to stop dribble penetration which gave Indiana open shot after open shot.  It was frustrating.  However the more I watched the more I realized the Gophers weren't really playing poorly, Indiana was just playing nearly perfectly.  The poor shot selection was a function of great Hoosier defense, not the Gophers suddenly becoming Illinois, and the majority of the turnovers were Indiana making a play rather than Minnesota just giving it away.  And as far as the "poor" Minnesota defense?   Well it turns out Indiana is pretty damn good.  The second half, however, showcased just how good the Gophers can be.  Maybe they weren't quite ready to play a team as good as Indiana.  Maybe the weren't quite ready for a hostile and loud crowd.  Maybe they were a little too amped up (Dre Hollins especially).  Whatever the reason for not being able to hang with the Hoosiers in the first half (and maybe it was just Indiana being Indiana) the Gophers didn't just go through the motions in the second half, they came out fired up and ready to prove they belonged on the same court and they most certainly did.  If not for a heartbreaking Jordan Hulls rebound off his own missed free throw we might be talking about a miracle win - it was that close. What that second half showed me is that this team is, without question, a top 10 team.  They battled back and thoroughly outplayed the Hoosiers in the second half, and displayed the heart and "never give up"-ness that was a hallmark of the 1997 team.  If Indiana doesn't get several questionable calls and doesn't shoot 40 free throws to just 15 for the Gophers, maybe it never even comes down to one rebound.  In any case this team is for real, my friends.  Michigan comes to down Thursday.  Can't wait.

HD Video: IU players react to loss to Wisconsin

Cody Zeller (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Victor Oladipo (10 points, five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 64-59 loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall. Watch and listen to their comments in the embedded media player below:

Notes on Creek/Elston injuries, Crean on Wisconsin, more

There were a few different media availability opportunities involving Indiana on Monday, including the Big Ten teleconference, availability with assistant coach Tim Buckley and a couple players, and Tom Crean’s weekly radio show. Here are some of the highlights. · Injury updates: There really weren’t any, at least as far as they concern Maurice Creek and Derek Elston. Crean...

Podcast on the Brink: A battle for first place

First place in the Big Ten is on the line when Wisconsin comes to Assembly Hall on Tuesday. Can the Hoosiers stay on top? Fresh off its big win against No. 8 Minnesota, Indiana look to keep its momentum going when it takes on the plucky Badgers, who are coming off a huge victory against Illinois of their own. To break it all down, Podcast on the Brink hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg...

Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Minnesota

It was pretty for one half and ugly for a good part of the other, but the No. 5 Hoosiers withstood a rally from No. 8 Minnesota on Saturday afternoon to prevail 88-81 and moved to 15-1 and 3-0 in the Big Ten. Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s sixth straight win: · Indiana’s first half was their best of the season: 52 points against one of the nation’s top 15 defenses...
Hoosiers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.