Game Thread: Indiana vs. Xavier

  • 11/24/2007 4:52 pm in

gamethreadpiccopyxo9.jpgOpponent: Xavier (Chicago Invitational Challenge)

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2007 | 8:36 EST

Arena: Sears Centre (10,000) – Hoffman Estates, Illinois

TV: Big Ten Network; Radio: IU Radio Network

Probable Starters:

  • Indiana (4-0): Armon Bassett, Eric Gordon, Jamarcus Ellis, DeAndre Thomas, D.J. White
  • Xavier (3-1): Stanley Burrell, Drew Lavender, B.J. Raymond, Derrick Brown, Josh Duncan

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As always, your predictions and comments are welcome in the game thread.

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  • jaime gongora

    I’m really hurt by this game. Lets call a spade a spade. This is one of the most important basketball seasons in Indiana University history. This season will dictate weather we are a consistent top twenty program or a future national powerhouse for years to come. It’s not fair to these kids that they should have that on their backs, but it’s reality. With that in mind you think they would play with a sense urgency. I don’t care if they lose, but just show me that you are trying your best. I saw they lacked heart and effort, and that really hurt me. I have no doubt that this team can beat anybody down the road, but wake up guys! You don’t receive future awards by expecting wins, you win banners by earning them by working hard every single minute of the game. In the locker room they better think about who they want to become, and what its actually going to take to get there.

  • jaime gongora

    I’m really hurt by this game. Lets call a spade a spade. This is one of the most important basketball seasons in Indiana University history. This season will dictate weather we are a consistent top twenty program or a future national powerhouse for years to come. It’s not fair to these kids that they should have that on their backs, but it’s reality. With that in mind you think they would play with a sense urgency. I don’t care if they lose, but just show me that you are trying your best. I saw they lacked heart and effort, and that really hurt me. I have no doubt that this team can beat anybody down the road, but wake up guys! You don’t receive future awards by expecting wins, you win banners by earning them by working hard every single minute of the game. In the locker room they better think about who they want to become, and what its actually going to take to get there.

  • ray

    well, one thing good comes of this…sampson has plenty to teach at practice (blocking out, going after loose balls, finding your man, how to shoot into the passing lanes for steals, why its foolish to foul someone after you’ve already been beat and the other player is going to score and then get one, how to find your scorer instead of throwing up trash shots, how to run an offense…)

    anyone else feel lost at times watching btn televised games? there was at least two times tonight (we had a number of players in foul trouble) where the ref called a foul, but the commentators didn’t say who it was on and i was completely in the dark. why can’t they use the same system as other networks (show the player who committed the foul and place a graphic at the bottom of the screen telling the audience how many fouls he has)? does anyone know how to make suggestions to btn? i’ve not even been to their site, so maybe i’ll check it out.

  • ray

    well, one thing good comes of this…sampson has plenty to teach at practice (blocking out, going after loose balls, finding your man, how to shoot into the passing lanes for steals, why its foolish to foul someone after you’ve already been beat and the other player is going to score and then get one, how to find your scorer instead of throwing up trash shots, how to run an offense…)

    anyone else feel lost at times watching btn televised games? there was at least two times tonight (we had a number of players in foul trouble) where the ref called a foul, but the commentators didn’t say who it was on and i was completely in the dark. why can’t they use the same system as other networks (show the player who committed the foul and place a graphic at the bottom of the screen telling the audience how many fouls he has)? does anyone know how to make suggestions to btn? i’ve not even been to their site, so maybe i’ll check it out.

  • ray

    jaime,

    relax…they don’t need to win a championship this year to remain among the nation’s elite programs…they have a lot of history behind them already. if they don’t win this year, their time will come again…and i promise…they won’t close the iu basketball program because they didn’t win it all this year. which season was the most important iu season in its history is arguable, but i think becoming the only team to ever go the entire season (and post season) without a loss stands out as the highlight…and some would say their first title is probably the most significant.

  • ray

    jaime,

    relax…they don’t need to win a championship this year to remain among the nation’s elite programs…they have a lot of history behind them already. if they don’t win this year, their time will come again…and i promise…they won’t close the iu basketball program because they didn’t win it all this year. which season was the most important iu season in its history is arguable, but i think becoming the only team to ever go the entire season (and post season) without a loss stands out as the highlight…and some would say their first title is probably the most significant.