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Indiana and North Carolina will play the marquee matchup of this season’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
ESPN announced tip-off times for the event on Monday, slotting the Hoosiers and Tar Heels in the 9 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 30. It will be one of the three final games of the annual Challenge, and certainly the most noteworthy of that bunch.
IU and North Carolina will be playing for the fourth time in the history of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Tar Heels ended Indiana’s season in March, beating the Hoosiers, 101-86, in the Sweet 16 in Philadelphia.
In ESPN’s early top 25, UNC is ranked No. 6 and IU is ranked No. 8. The other big game on Nov. 30 features Purdue traveling to Louisville to take on the Cardinals, a team IU will face in Indianapolis in early December.
A 7:30 p.m. tilt between Syracuse and Wisconsin leads ESPN’s Challenge coverage on Nov. 29, while Michigan State and Duke will play the featured game that night at 9:30.
Follow along after the jump to see the complete ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule. (more…)
Nearly a full week into his sixth fall camp at Indiana, Kevin Wilson has come to understand some simple truths about his football team.
There is more size across the board than at any previous point in Wilson’s tenure. There is more experience and skill, too, and it all adds up to a formula that may produce the consistent Big Ten breakthroughs Wilson’s program is seeking.
“We’ve got more depth than we’ve ever had, more big bodies than we’ve ever had,” Wilson said on Monday. “It’s encouraging.”
Depth and size are clearly apparent early this preseason as newcomers begin to surface and Wilson plugs holes to account for minor injuries. So far, Indiana has avoided serious injury, though a handful of players are dealing with issues that have kept them off the field.
That includes projected starting left tackle Brandon Knight, who has been held out of practice due to a sprained foot. In Knight’s absence, Wilson has toyed with a couple different options at the position. He’s moved Dimitric Camiel, normally IU’s starting right tackle, to the left side and shifted All-American right guard Dan Feeney over one spot to tackle.
The IU coach is also introducing highly-regarded freshman recruit Coy Cronk to the mix at left tackle. Wilson already believes Cronk, a 6-foot-5, 286-pound native of Lafayette, will push for playing time when the season begins next month.
“Dimitric can play over there and we can play Dan at (right) tackle, or Dimitric can stay at right and we can go with Coy as the freshman,” Wilson said. “Right now, if we were playing today and that’s the way it was, we’d probably do a little bit of that. It just takes some stress off of Coy. Probably our next best backup player is some of those guards. Dan is long enough and has enough balance (to play tackle). He’s been very good.” (more…)
Olivia Ray updates you on what you need to know with the Hoosiers in Rio.
All it took was a finger wag.
But Lilly King didn’t stop there on Sunday night.
King, the Indiana sophomore breaststroke specialist, made clear her disapproval of Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, who has been caught twice for doping. Efimova was previously banned from Olympic competition as part of Russia’s doping scandal, but was reinstated without explanation during the last week.
NBC cameras captured King backstage wagging her finger at a TV that showed Efimova raising her index finger to signal her win in Sunday’s first breaststroke semifinal. King followed by winning her semifinal heat — and topping Efimova by two-hundredths of a second.
“You’re shaking your finger No. 1 and you’ve been caught for drug cheating,” King told NBC after her race. “I’m just not a fan.”
King’s reaction was lauded on social media, while fans in Brazil reportedly booed Efimova before and after her semifinal heat.
The women’s 100 breaststroke final is scheduled to air in the 9 p.m. hour block on Monday.
In other Olympic news Sunday, IU graduate Cody Miller won the bronze in the men’s 100 breaststroke and junior Blake Pieroni won gold for his efforts with Team USA’s winning 4×100 freestyle relay squad. Pieroni swam for the United States during Sunday afternoon’s prelims.
IU’s swimming and diving program has now won 63 Olympic medals, including 36 gold and 18 bronze. Altogether, IU athletes have won 93 total medals.
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Indiana graduate Cody Miller won a bronze medal Sunday night at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing the men’s 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 58.87.
Miller’s time set a new American record. He finished behind winner Adam Peaty of Great Britain, who grabbed gold with a world-record time of 57.13. South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh earned silver by finishing with a time of 58.69.
“(I’m) so happy,” Miller told NBC after the event. “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little kid. You never really think it could happen until it happens.”
I wrote about Miller, and his personal struggles with his body, in Saturday’s print edition of The Herald-Times. That story is posted below.
Cody Miller didn’t want to take his shirt off.
He was 13 and full of doubt, convinced the kids around the pool deck were judging him for the strange deformity taking shape in the center of his chest. (more…)
We sat down with Teri Moren for an interview about Indiana’s offseason. There will be a feature in Monday’s paper about some of the Hoosiers’ new pieces, including freshmen Ria Gulley, Bre Wickware and Darby Foresman.
But, in the meantime, we have also learned more details about IU’s non-conference schedule.
IU will round out its non-conference slate with trips to North Texas and Chattanooga, match ups with Florida and Stony Brook in the Florida Sunshine Classic and a visit from Oakland.
In April, it was revealed that IU would play Auburn, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Southeastern Missouri and Presbyterian. The Hoosiers will also play N.C. State in the Big-Ten ACC Challenge.
Chattanooga, Auburn and Florida made the NCAA tournament in 2015-16. Western Kentucky played in the WNIT. That provides the Hoosiers with formidable competition before entering Big Ten play, a formula Moren believes helped IU’s resume when they were on the NCAA bubble in ’15-16.
The trip to North Texas is significant because it allows Gulley and Wickware, along with sophomore Danielle Williams, a chance to return to their home state.
Indiana players appeared in shoulder pads during Saturday’s practice and will shift to full pads on Sunday.
Fall camp is rolling right along.
Four practices into the month, IU coach Kevin Wilson said he has been pleased with his team’s approach to the preseason. He’ll get a deeper look at things during the coming days, including IU’s first two-a-day on Monday and a “mini scrimmage” on Tuesday.
“It’s been good,” Wilson said in a video posted by IU Athletics on Saturday afternoon. “It’s been very, very humid the first three days. Our team is big and strong. I think we’ve battled our elements. We’ve worked hard. I’m very encouraged by today’s practice — our best practice in Day 4. Love what the coaches are doing, the kids are buying in and we have some great senior leaders. I like what’s happening.”
Wilson’s staff is now shifting the focus from individual drills to group work. With that, Wilson said he’s using more third-string players at the moment to avoid overworking first- and second-teamers.
“We’re using our threes a lot to not over-hit some of our starters,” Wilson said. “We’re getting great special teams work. We’re taking the first week to build to that first scrimmage Tuesday. We’ll take a day off (on Wednesday), then the next week we’ll really gas up the hitting and the volume of work that we do.” (more…)
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Indiana is one of eight schools still in the mix for four-star forward Malik Williams.
The 7-foot Fort Wayne prospect, considered the No. 32 player in the 2017 recruiting class, lists IU along with Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Louisville, Georgetown, NC State and UCLA as his final eight schools under consideration. Williams tweeted his list of eight on Monday afternoon.
Williams told The Herald-Times in June that Indiana’s staff, especially assistant Tim Buckley, has done a great job building rapport with him during the last few years.
“They’ve been there for a long time,” Williams said of IU. “They were my first offer and they’ve been consistent ever since. We’ve built a strong relationship.”
As a junior last season at Fort Wayne Snider, Williams shot 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 21.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks. Juan Gorman, his AAU coach with Legit Basketball, told The Herald-Times earlier this summer that Williams’ biggest selling point is his versatility and range on the perimeter.
“He has great timing in that skill set of blocking shots and going to find the ball,” Gorman said. “He has a motor. You don’t find too many 6-11, 7-foot kids that can run. He can run, he can defend and do all the little things that kids his size can’t do. … He’s fine-tuning what he does well and he’s getting stronger. He’s already got a nice, soft shot and he can shoot with the best of them. He can probably out-shoot some guards.”
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Coach Moren sits down with the HT’s Jon Blau in early to talk about the team’s newcomers.
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