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Q & A: Robert Johnson on fall workouts, benefits of Canada trip, more


Indiana freshman guard Robert Johnson had a strong start to his college career as he averaged 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.6 turnovers in 24 minutes per game during IU’s five-game tour of Canada.

The Richmond (Va.) native recently spoke to about the start of the fall semester, the benefits of IU’s foreign trip and more. The complete Q & A is available below:

On how school and workouts have been thus far:

“So far I think it’s been good for the team with workouts, weight lifting, conditioning and all things like that. Moving forward, everybody’s starting to take it to a second gear. Class is good, everyone’s pretty much adjusted by now so we’re just trying to keep the wheels rolling.”

On what makes Indiana such a special place:

“One of the main things by far is the support. Anywhere you go, you have people saying they can’t wait to see you play and they expect highly of you and they’re behind you no matter what. When you have fans and support like that, it just makes you want to work that much harder so you can have a successful season.”

On the importance of Cook Hall in your development:

“I think it’s like a second home now. I’m in here two or three times a day at least getting work in, getting shots up and that’s something I just love to do. I think it’s helping me raise my game and get better everyday so I think it’s good.”


Indiana to picked to finish 8th in Big Ten by Athlon Sports

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We’ve already shared some preseason predictions from the Sporting News college basketball yearbook and Lindy’s Sports, but a third publication, the Athlon Sports 2014-2015 preview magazine, is still to hit newsstands.

While the magazine won’t hit newsstands until later in the month, Indiana is picked to finish eighth in the conference.

Athlon picked the top seven Big Ten teams to make the NCAA tournament and has the Hoosiers headed to the NIT.

Junior point guard Yogi Ferrell is featured on a regional cover for the magazine along with Butler’s Kellen Dunham and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the magazine after the jump.


Indiana ranked preseason No. 28 by Lindy’s Sports


Earlier in the week, we shared some preseason prognostications from The Sporting News college basketball yearbook and now a second college basketball annual has arrived.

The Lindy’s Sports college basketball preview for the 2014-2015 season is predicting a bounce back season in Bloomington as it has the Hoosiers ranked No. 28 in its preseason top 40 and also has IU as a NCAA tournament team.

Lindy’s has Indiana as the eighth place team in its Big Ten preview, but has nine of the league’s 14 teams in its preseason top 40.

Junior point guard Yogi Ferrell is featured on a regional cover for the magazine along with Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the yearbook after the jump.


Sporting News picks Indiana to finish 10th in Big Ten


Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, which means that college basketball preview magazines have started to hit newsstands.

The first one out this season is The Sporting News college basketball yearbook, which is not bullish on Indiana for the 2014-2015 season.

While Yogi Ferrell is featured on the regional cover being sold in Indiana and Ohio, the yearbook picks the Hoosiers to finish just 10th in the Big Ten.

Ferrell is on the 10-man Big Ten all-conference team and James Blackmon Jr. is on the five-man all-newcomer team. Assembly Hall is recognized as the second-best venue in the conference behind the Breslin Center.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the yearbook after the jump.


Vonleh to miss 6-8 weeks after surgery to repair hernia


Former Indiana forward and Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh will be playing catch-up to start his NBA career.

Last season’s Big Ten freshman of the year will miss 6 to 8 weeks after surgery on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia suffered in a recent workout.

The procedure was performed in Charlotte by Dr. B. Todd Henneford according to a press release issued by the team.

The Hornets open training camp on Sept. 30 and play their first preseason game on Oct. 8 in Philadelphia. The season opener for Charlotte is on Oct. 29 at Time Warner Arena against Milwaukee.


IU sets Hoosier Hysteria for Saturday, October 25


Hoosier Hysteria, Indiana’s annual opening practice that officially tips off the season, has a date for this fall.

At Saturday’s Indiana-Indiana State football game at Memorial Stadium, it was announced that the 2014 version of Hysteria will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The first date for NCAA Division I schools to begin practice this season is Friday, Oct. 3, which is six weeks before teams can begin their seasons on Friday, Nov. 14.

Indiana will not have a home football game on the weekend of Hoosier Hysteria as the Hoosiers have a bye week.

On Friday, Indiana announced that it will open the 2014-2015 basketball season at home on Friday, Nov. 14 against Mississippi Valley State.

Further details on Hoosier Hysteria will be released at a later date.

A look back at Indiana’s five-game tour of Canada


Indiana’s five-game tour of Montreal and Ottawa earlier this month yielded quite a bit of content in a short period of time and we wanted to provide one place where readers could visit as an index page for all of our coverage.

Below, we’ve broken down all of our content from the trip into categories for easier access for those who missed any of it or if you simply want to go back and look through photo galleries or postgame videos.

Montreal rewind series

Max Hoetzel
Tim Priller
James Blackmon Jr.
Stanford Robinson
Robert Johnson
Yogi Ferrell
Troy Williams
Devin Davis
Nick Zeisloft


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