Game Thread: USC Upstate @ Indiana

  • 11/16/2009 3:00 pm in

Opponent: USC Upstate Spartans

Date: Monday, November 16 | 8:30 EST

Arena: Assembly Hall (17,357) – Bloomington, Indiana

Line: Indiana by 17

All-time series: First meeting

TV: Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson and John Laskowski)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

Probable Starters:

  • USC Upstate (0-1): Carter Cook, Sharod Minus, De’Marion Gordon, Nick Schneiders, Mezie Uzochukwu
  • Indiana (1-0): Jeremiah Rivers, Verdell Jones, Maurice Creek, Christian Watford, Tom Pritchard

Game Notes:

As always, game predictions and thoughts (including love for Gus Johnson) are welcome in the comments leading up to tip-off and during the game.

Filed to:

  • Hoosiers1111

    Gotta love the combo of Gus and Laz! Hopefully IU takes care of business and wins by about 30.

  • Oh Gus Johnson is calling the game? Glorious. Speaking of glory, has anyone caught a glimpse of Melanie Collins – Big Ten Networks newest anchor? She is about 20 times better looking than Erin Andrews, Charissa Thompson, etc. etc. You guys gotta check it out.

  • nathanzimmerman

    just did, and….wow

  • Tom McGuire

    Yes,Collins is impressive. Does anybody know if Illinois even tried to recruit Verdell? Ive been wonderin that since last year.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Total domination tonight. These guys got the jitters out last week, so I don't think we'll have the same slow start. Even so, I don't think we quite pull out a 30 point victory.


  • HoosierSmitty

    Many thought Verdell was going to sign with Minnesota, but I think he had interest from Illinois and Kentucky as well.

  • Samueltstory

    79-48 Indiana.

    USC-Upstate trouble scoring and their offense has a long way to go according to Coach Payne. Statistics would also back this up.

  • HoosierCrabbe

    I'm really praying Collins works a lot of our games…

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    87 – 59

  • hoosierboy

    I love Gus Johnson. Sure he goes a little overboard, but it makes it fun. I would rather have him any day than some blahh monotone guy that sounds like he can't wait for the game to end. He brings a “big time game” feel to the B10 Network.

    Wow!! I don't care if that Collins chick has no skill, she will always have my attention. Cross your fngers we get he a lot. lol

  • psvirsky

    Are they really going to show the last two minutes of a 15-point women's basketball game? Seriously BTN?

  • Game is on here.

  • psvirsky

    I was worried that this would only be affecting me. I'm watching the end of Michigan/Marquette (and they've confirmed a switch to Bloomington when this ends). But for now, this sucks. Even if it's just pregame and the first couple minutes…

  • psvirsky

    There we go! Just missed 20 seconds. Creek at the line for two misses

  • coachv

    i don't care if it's overtime of the national championship! chicks hoops?! who gives a crap?

  • jgongora86

    elston should be plaing he would be able to handle their big man.

  • Dirk

    I like Doc Rivers in an IU hat doing halftime interviews. Can't hurt recruiting.

  • nathanzimmerman

    we looked awful tonight….I can't come up with many positives other than the fact that we won.

    Verdell took over for a little while. Eslton and Watford really crash the boards and finish pretty well.

    That's all i got….we took a step in the wrong direction tonight….back to work!

  • Hardwood83

    53% FT & 47% FG shooting and 17 personal fouls….yikes.

  • peaychris

    bad night overall.. watford seems to be the only bright spot for me so far.. oh yea elston as well… after howard i was excited, but now i am brought back to why we only won 6 games last year..

  • I Love IU

    I have a question?
    If Mo Creek is a shooter /scorer why do Verdell Jones and Jeremiah Rivers always go the other way with the ball? It seems like they would rather turn the ball over than to pass the ball to Creek.
    Prime example: Creek open at the top of the key, waving his hands, still no pass. The same thing happens when Creek goes to the corner; they will not pass him the ball.
    They seem to look him off and go to each other. Rewind the tape and take a look. You can really notice this when we played Grace but it’s happening every game now.

  • hoosierboy

    Completely agree. It was pretty obvious they don't want to give him the ball.