Here’s the press release from IU Media Relations:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s basketball signee Cody Zeller became the 25th Hoosier to be named a McDonald’s All-American, the committee announced on ESPNU on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. He is the first Indiana signee since Eric Gordon (2007) to earn the honor and the 14th IU Hoosier to hail from the state of Indiana.
Zeller, a 6-11, 220 pound power forward from Washington (Ind.) High School, is Tom Crean’s first McDonald’s All-American as a head coach. He is averaging 25.0 points, 13.7 rebounds 3.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. He will play on the West Team.
In 2010, he led Washington to a Class 3A state championship, averaging 20.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Following the season, he was named an Indiana Junior All-Star. During his sophomore campaign, he averaged 15.0 points and 6.8 rebounds. As a freshmen, he averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 boards on another Class 3A state title team. He has been coached by Gene Miiller at Washington and also played AAU basketball for the Indiana Elite program and Mark Adams.
When the new television agreement for the NCAA Tournament between the NCAA, CBS and Turner Sports was announced last spring, the most significant development was that each game would be televised nationally.
This was always a complaint of fans without access to DIRECTV’s Mega March Madness package (now rendered irrelevant with this new TV deal) as local CBS affiliates had complete control over which games would be shown in a particular viewing area.
Today, according to USA Today, CBS and Turner Sports will announce how the changes to the tournament’s television schedule will be implemented. Behold:
CBS and Turner Sports will formally announce Thursday how NCAA men’s tournament scheduling will change to fit their new joint coverage, which will allow viewers to see every game in its entirety. That means new tip-off times and action in new time slots. The big idea, particularly in early-round coverage, is spreading out the time between tip-offs.
In CBS’ former regionalized coverage, tip-offs were tightly bunched to let it shift audiences between a succession of game finishes. Now with each tournament game getting full coverage on CBS or Turner’s TBS, TNT or truTV cable channels, tip-offs will be spaced further apart.
It also appears that games will continue into primetime on the first Sunday of the tournament:
It also will extend coverage. On the tournament’s first Sunday, for example, NCAA games used to end in time for CBS to air 60 Minutes and its prime-time lineup on TV’s most-watched night. This year, NCAA action that Sunday night will continue until about midnight ET on Turner.
Good news. Good news, indeed.
(HT: Richard Deitsch)
For the first time since Eric Gordon in 2007, Indiana basketball is expected to have a recruit selected for the McDonald’s All-American game.
The rosters for this year’s game, which will be played at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, March 30 at 10 PM ET, will be announced Thursday on ESPNU at 5:00 PM ET.
Indiana signee and Washington forward Cody Zeller is expected to be the third Zeller (Luke – 2005, Tyler – 2008) to be selected to participate in the country’s most prestigious all-star game.
Here’s a look at the Indiana players that have been selected as McDonald’s All-American’s, courtesy of StatSheet.com (Note: players that transferred and finished at another D1 school are not included on this list):
Thoughts on a 67-53 loss to Purdue:
Tonight’s performance reminded us a bit of the Hoosiers of old.
Missed shots — 22-of-62 from the field for 35.5 percent, 2-of-13 from three for 15.4 percent.
Blocked shots — eight swats for Purdue with JaJuan Johnson notching four of those.
Credit is due to Matt Painter’s kids, who entered the game at fourth in the Big Ten in allowing 1.05 points per possession to their opponents. Purdue’s defense — which held the Hoosiers to a season low 24 first-half points and a season low points total in a loss – was perhaps the best these Hoosiers have seen all season. They were physical. They took away the three-point shot. They protected the paint and the rim. They got after an Indiana team that hadn’t played a road contest in over a week, that had been bolstered by a home crowd of late and that is without Christian Watford and Maurice Creek.
The Hoosiers simply struggled all night to establish anything on the offensive end.
Still, Indiana never lacked for effort and kept fighting — and that’s sometimes all you can ask for in a road bout like this against the No. 12 team in the country.
Though the Hoosiers never grabbed a lead or tie in the second half, they were within striking distance (4-10 points) until the clock became its enemy and there just wasn’t any time left to mount a run. Of course, only scoring four points in the last 4:54 of the game — a rough 1-of-10 stretch with two made Will Sheehey free throws — didn’t help matters.
But that was the story of the night for Indiana. Nothing doing on offense, as Purdue’s defense was just too much for them to overcome.
Here’s a transcript of Tom Crean’s comments to Don Fischer following the Hoosiers’ 67-53 loss to Purdue at Mackey Arena on Tuesday night:
On Indiana’s effort
“These guys really battled and the crowd was not a factor to them. They were ready to go. We’ve had a couple of really good days, they responded to the challenges that have been put forth to them, but they challenged each other. My coaching staff did just an incredible job of creating intensity and making them better over the last couple of days and them responding to it. And them holding each other accountable. And frankly Don, this is what’s so disheartening sometimes in coaching because we play this way, this physical, we win the game on Saturday by double digits. I mean no offense to Iowa at all and the way that they played, but when we play with this kind of toughness and spirit, we’re a different team and it just shows that we don’t have the maturity yet to do this day in and day out and that’s a tough deal. Eventually it’s going to come and we’ve got to get to it as quick as we can.”
(Photo credit: Jamie Owens/J. Scott Sports)
This week, Zach and Alex are joined by 2011 IU signee and Hamilton Heights senior Austin Etherington.
Among the topics chiefly discussed: Austin’s season to-date at Hamilton Heights and his thoughts on the upcoming state tournament, IU’s recruiting success, the evolution of his game over the past couple of years, the Cody Zeller decision and much more.
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