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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Purdue alumni game

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Behind a late scoring barrage from Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls, Indiana surged to defeat Purdue, 116-113 in the second annual alumni game between the schools at IUPUI on Saturday night.

You can view final stats from the game at this link and check out 30 photos from Jamie Owens from the event in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. You can purchase prints from various Indiana games and other events from JScottSports.com.

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Report: Indiana offers 2015 guard Matt McQuaid

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After his recent decision to re-open his recruitment, Indiana has jumped into the mix for class of 2015 Duncanville (Tex.) guard Matt McQuaid.

The 6-foot-5 guard, who had been committed to SMU, opted to reopen the process on July 20 and has attracted a crowded list of suitors according to Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com:

SMU will remain on McQuaid’s list, but several other schools have already reached out since the news over the weekend. North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Texas, Baylor, LSU, Creighton and others are all showing interest, with everyone besides North Carolina and Virginia extending offers.

McQuaid averaged 15.6 points on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit for Team Texas Elite, which failed to qualify for the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam. He hit 46 of his 102 attempts from behind the 3-point arc in 16 games.

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Zeller to join Oladipo on 2014 USA Men’s Select Team

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Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo isn’t the only former Hoosier standout who will get a taste of USA Basketball this summer.

USA Basketball officially announced the roster for its 2014 men’s select team and Cody Zeller will join Oladipo on the 13-man roster.

Zeller, who was a second team NBA All-Rookie selection, averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in his first professional season in Charlotte.

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Crean “cannot wait” for challenges that await in Canada

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Indiana’s trip to Montreal in three weeks won’t be the first foreign tour for Tom Crean as a head coach.

In the fall of 2003, Crean took his Marquette program that was coming off a Final Four appearance to Costa Rica for a five-game exhibition trip. That group played for the first time following the loss of Dwyane Wade to the NBA, but it still had a solid core of upperclassmen, including senior Scott Merritt and junior Travis Diener.

The Indiana team that will travel to Canada next month will be considerably younger, but Crean is viewing the five-game schedule as an opportunity to see how this group responds to adversity.

“I’m really anxious to see who is real up when we are playing well and who gets real down when we are not playing well,” Crean said earlier this week. “And then you’ve got to have guys that can impact the game on both ends of the floor.”

This will be the first foreign tour for Indiana basketball since it went to the Bahamas back in the fall of 2007. That Indiana team crushed its opposition by an average of 58 points over three games. The competition level in Canada is expected to be significantly better.

Indiana’s third opponent on the trip, Carleton University, beat Wisconsin last year and took Syracuse to overtime. After a conversation with Badgers coach Bo Ryan, Crean opted to move the game against Carleton, which will take place in Ottawa, to later in the trip to allow his team to get a few games under its belt to prepare for that challenge.

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Tom Crean breaks down returnees, newcomers

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As part of his press conference on Tuesday afternoon at Assembly Hall, Tom Crean broke down the 2014-2015 Indiana roster on a player-by-player basis.

We’ve organized his quotes on each player below:

Yogi Ferrell

Yogi is getting a lot better. He’s getting a lot stronger. He’s benching 245 right now which is phenomenal. He’s always been a strong young man but nobody really lifts in high school like they did in college, and that wasn’t a big part of his day. I mean, he is a force in that weight room right now; and he’s not only a force with what he’s doing and the way that he’s lifting but in the way that he’s talking and leading.

What I really like about him, and I’m going to put him in front of you here pretty soon so you get a chance to see, he’s starting to grasp what he’s capable of. And I don’t think he’s even grasped what he’s capable of on the court yet and I know he’s showing flashes of it.

I had a gentleman in this league tell me that his team they had polled their team on some different questions about the season, and he said, when it came down to the hardest matchup in the league, to a man, everybody said the hardest matchup for them to deal with was with Yogi. I haven’t even told him that yet.

We want people across the country saying that when they run into him. And he’s working towards that. The keys right now, that he become as great of a lead guard in the sense of, do multiple things but make others better constantly.

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Q & A: Nick Zeisloft talks decision to transfer to IU

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Indiana added a sixth member to its 2014 recruiting class on Monday with the addition of Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft.

The 6-foot-4 guard, who averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds last season for the Redbirds, will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately for the Hoosiers.

Inside the Hall talked to Zeisloft in-depth on Monday evening on a variety of topics and our full Q & A is available below:

Inside the Hall: The process of finding a new school for your last two years, how did you reach the decision that you wanted to pursue something different and how did it lead you to Indiana?

Nick Zeisloft: I decided to transfer in early April. My AAU coach, Steve Pratt, knows coach (Tom) Crean really well. And coach Crean did some studying on me and he was very satisfied in what he saw from the sound of it, from his pitch and stuff. I was very intrigued to play for coach Crean and I’m just very glad it’s finally here and official now.

ITH: When you went on your visit, obviously the academic part was a big piece of it, but from a basketball standpoint, what stood out to you the most about what you saw and about the guys who were already there?

NZ: I enjoyed it a lot. The visit was great. I have seen the campus plenty before, but I saw even more of it. The Kelley School of Business is wonderful and playing for coach Crean is even that much better on top of that.

ITH: One of the things that coach Crean talked about in the release was the leadership and the experience that you’re going to bring. What kind of impact do you think you can have on what may be the youngest team in the Big Ten?

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Indiana adds Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft

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Indiana announced the addition of Nick Zeisloft on Monday, a 6-foot-4 guard that transferred from Illinois State University.

Zeisloft will be a redshirt junior this upcoming season and will be eligible immediately after he graduated from ISU in just three years. The La Grange, Ill., native averaged 6.9 points per game last season in 30 starts, also making 60 3-pointers on 169 attempts (35.5 percent). Only one Hoosier made more 3-pointers last season — rising junior Yogi Ferrell, who made 88.

“The addition of Nick allows us to spread and space the floor even more and play with more pace,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said, according to a press release. “More importantly, we are adding a young man that has been raised well and has been well coached throughout his career. He brings a physical and mental toughness that has allowed him to play at a strong level and brings leadership and maturity to our program.”

Zeisloft joins a recruiting class that already is regarded for its shooting, featuring 6-foot-2 James Blackmon Jr., the McDonald’s All-American Game 3-point shootout champion, 6-foot-8 Max Hoetzel, the Derby Festival Classic 3-point shootout champion, and 6-foot-9 Tim Priller, who shot 51 percent from behind the arc as a senior at Richland (Texas) High. The class also features 6-foot-3 guard Robert Johnson and 7-foot big man Jeremiah April.

The full IU release, which also features quotes from Zeisloft, is available after the jump.

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