1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana dropped out of the AP poll, down bracketology projections and spent Sunday evening practicing after the loss to Penn State, Mike writes.
The Hoosiers slip to fourth in the latest Big Ten power rankings, I wrote.
IU women’s basketball has vaulted into NCAA bracketology discussions off a pair of wins last week, Jon writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
A look at some of the defensive miscues by Indiana that allowed Penn State to pull out a win Saturday, by Ryan Corazza of Inside the Hall.
Indiana is an 8 seed in the latest bracketology with the toughest part of the schedule remaining, Andy Bottoms projects at Assembly Call.
The loss at Penn State muddied IU’s resume and makes the stretch ahead that much more important, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Iowa welcomes the attention as a trip to Assembly Hall awaits this week, Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register writes.
A business-like approach has served the Hawkeyes well so far this season, Don Doxsie of the Quad City Times writes.
IU offensive lineman Jason Spriggs continues to climb NFL draft projections, but he says the work isn’t done yet, Sam Beishuizen of IUHoosiers.com writes.
The consistency of sophomore forward Amanda Cahill has helped IU women’s basketball enter the discussion for an NCAA Tournament berth, Teddy Bailey of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
I detect a theme to today’s IU basketball stories, so here’s Electric Light Orchestra with “Don’t Bring Me Down.”
The defensive coaching shuffle continues at Indiana.
The program announced Monday that defensive line coach Larry McDaniel will not return next season, making him the second Kevin Wilson assistant to be let go within the last month.
McDaniel, who played nose tackle at IU from 1989-92 and served as a senior captain, is gone after two seasons on Wilson’s staff. He replaced another IU alumnus, Mark Hagen, in 2014 after spending the previous three seasons in the same position at Bowling Green.
“We want to thank Larry for his contributions to our program,” Wilson said in a statement. “He has represented IU well as a coach and former player. We appreciate Larry’s efforts and wish him and his family the very best.”
McDaniel’s departure comes less than a month after Wilson took another significant step toward trying to revamp and fix a sub-standard defense. Last month, Wilson fired defensive coordinator Brian Knorr after two seasons and hired Tom Allen, an Indiana native most recently employed in the same position at South Florida, as his replacement.
Allen is shifting IU’s defensive alignment from Knorr’s 3-4 base to his preferred 4-2-5, which is more tailored to stop the spread offense.
Asked at his introductory press conference whether he expects to have input on potential staff changes, Allen deferred to his boss.
“I think that’s up to coach Wilson and what he decides to do,” Allen said. “Right now, the bottom line is we’ll take the guys we have, get them coached up and get everything the way we want it to be. That’s the plan.”
McDaniel’s departure also comes after Indiana struggled to retain and recruit players to its defensive line during the recent recruiting cycle. IU saw a trio of decommitments from three-star defensive linemen before signing three-star Illinois defensive end Allen Stallings and three-star Mississippi defensive tackle Jerome Johnson last week.
Indiana finished seventh in the Big Ten last season with 2.3 sacks per game, while recording 30 total sacks — seven more than it did in 2014. McDaniel also helped former defensive end Bobby Richardson earn honorable mention All-Big Ten status in 2014. Richardson now plays for the New Orleans Saints. Defensive tackle Darius Latham and top pass rusher Nick Mangieri also earned conference honorable mention honors in 2015.
“I want (to) thank the IU football family for a memorable 2 seasons,” McDaniel tweeted Monday. “I want to especially thank the D Line for embracing me and my coaching philosophy. Go forth and do great things.”
After losing Mangieri to graduation and Latham to the NFL Draft, it’s uncertain which Hoosiers will line up on the defensive front next season.
Now it’s also uncertain who will coach them.
A disappointing loss at Penn State dumped cold water on Indiana’s recent swing of momentum.
It also was enough to drop the Hoosiers from the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.
IU’s stay in the AP poll is over after Saturday’s 68-63 loss in State College, a defeat that also dropped the Hoosiers from a first-place tie in the Big Ten standings and stopped the program’s recent surge dead in its tracks. When the AP Top 25 was released Monday afternoon, Indiana appeared second among unranked teams that also received votes.
The Hoosiers were ranked No. 22 in the poll last week, falling three spots after suffering their first conference loss at Wisconsin and narrowly defeating Minnesota at home the week prior. After a convincing win at Michigan on Tuesday, which included a 28-0 run midway through the game, IU seemed poised to climb in the polls and tighten its grip on the top spot in the Big Ten standings. But Saturday’s flat performance against a struggling Nittany Lions’ program was enough to alter that trajectory.
Villanova debuted as the nation’s new No. 1, while Maryland climbed two spots to No. 2. Iowa, which visits Assembly Hall on Thursday at 9 p.m., moved up one spot to No. 4. Michigan State, where IU travels next Sunday, also climbed two spots to No. 8.
Though it dropped from the AP poll, Indiana did hold on to a spot in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Hoosiers fell one place to No. 22 this week.
The Penn State loss damages IU’s pursuit of a conference championship, and sets up a virtual must-win against first-place Iowa later this week. The Hawkeyes (19-4, 10-1) are a half-game ahead of the Terrapins (21-3, 10-2) in the Big Ten standings, while the Hoosiers (19-5, 9-2) sit in third.
After a relatively light first month of conference play, the road ahead becomes much more challenging for Indiana, which hasn’t faced a team ranked in the top 25 since Dec. 2 at Duke.
With seven games remaining in the regular season, IU is set to see five opponents — including a home-and-home with Iowa — in the top 25 of the RPI. The Hoosiers’ NCAA resume could still use some work, with their best win to date coming against unranked Notre Dame in December’s Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.
The Penn State loss, meanwhile, was IU’s third poor loss of the season — a list that includes losses to Wake Forest and UNLV at the Maui Invitational in November.
In some of the way-too-early NCAA Tournament projections, Indiana is viewed as a No. 8 seed. USA Today has IU as a No. 8 seed facing Colorado in Des Moines. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi also has IU as a No. 8 seed at the moment, with a predicted matchup with George Washington in Oklahoma City. CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has IU as a No. 8 seed this week in a matchup with Washington in St. Louis.
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1. HOOSIERS HQ
The IU women’s basketball team kept rolling at Assembly Hall with a physical defense keying the win over Nebraska, Jon wrote.
The IU men’s team fell for the trap at Penn State and struggled against the kind of big lineup it will see against the Big Ten’s best, I wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
All the reasons to believe in Indiana after the Michigan win turned into doubts after the Penn State loss, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.
The loss at Penn State hurts, but it hurts even more given Indiana’s forthcoming schedule, Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
The struggles of Yogi Ferrell, the turnovers and the damaged resume among the takeaways from Penn State, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.
Bob Knight was a Boilermaker for a day on Saturday without a mention of Indiana, Hoosiers or Assembly Hall, Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star writes.
IU basketball isn’t a must-see on Saturday night anymore, says Kent Sterling for nuvo.net.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For former Hoosier and Super Bowl champion Cody Latimer of the Denver Broncos, here’s Radiohead with “Supercollider.”
Indiana improved to 11-0 at home with a 59-47 win over Nebraska on Sunday.
Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers with 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and six assists. Amanda Cahill picked up her seventh double double of the season, with 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
The Hoosiers (15-9, 7-5 Big Ten) shot only 31.9 percent from the field, including 2-of-16 from 3-point range. But they limited Nebraska (16-7, 7-5 Big Ten) to 35.7 percent shooting, including 2-of-13 from 3. The Cornhuskers also turned the ball over 26 times.
Jessica Shepard scored 18 points to lead the Cornhuskers, but it was a hard-earned total because of Jenn Anderson’s defensive effort.
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FINAL: Indiana 59, Nebraska 47.
7:11 (4Q): A 6-0 run to start the fourth for IU, including a steal by Tyra Buss under the basket, pushing it upcourt to Alexis Gassion. IU leads, 51-35.
END OF THIRD: Indiana 45, Nebraska 35
Hoosiers maintain their lead, including two really nice bounce passes from Amanda Cahill to Tyra Buss. Buss converted one of them, but they were both nice. Cahill has her seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds (and four assists).
7:06 (3Q): Hoosiers on-point offensively in the third quarter. Amanda Cahill with two buckets down low. Tyra Buss with a stepback 3. IU expands its lead to 39-28.
HALFTIME: Indiana 30, Nebraska 24.
Hoosiers are 11-of-39 from the field at half, but the Huskers are 11-of-30, and they have committed 14 turnovers. A big steal and a push upcourt by Tyra Buss late in the fourth quarter, hitting Alexis Gassion for a 3 to push the lead to six. Indiana has a 15-4 advantage in points off of turnovers. (more…)
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