Live Blog: Minnesota at Indiana

Pick to Click: Minnesota

Rules are here, for those unfamiliar.

Pool for Minnesota: All players eligible to be picked.

Picks are due by 6:15 PM ET on Wednesday evening.

A few reminders:

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Indiana sophomore Christian Watford out indefinitely

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This release just popped into our inbox from J.D. Campbell of IU Media Relations:

Indiana University sophomore Christian Watford is out indefinitely with a broken left hand suffered Sunday in an 84-83 overtime loss at Michigan State. He underwent surgery today. He is the team’s leading scorer and is eighth in the conference averaging 17.0 points. He is sixth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.5) making 111 of 133 charity tosses.

Video of the injury and audio of Tom Crean talking about tomorrow’s game against Minnesota after the jump.

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Inside the Hall Podcast: February 1

This week, Zach sits down with IDS reporter Greg Rosenstein to talk about the week that was.

Among topics chiefly discussed: Christian Watford’s renaissance, Jordan Hulls’ emergence, a win and a near win over big-time opponents and how Verdell Jones’ absence from the rotation has affected Indiana’s play.

Listen in the embedded media player below:

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Here’s a direct link to listen or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Film Session: A trip to the Breslin Center

Though the Hoosiers fell at the hands of the Spartans yesterday, they flashed a varied offensive repertoire which helped them stay in the game from start to finish.

A look at three plays highlighting this in the latest edition of Film Session.

NO. 1: WATFORD’S MISMATCH

Christian Watford has the ball on the wing against Michigan State’s Delvon Roe:

Tom Pritchard sets a pick for Watford:

With the slower Garrick Sherman now on him due to a switch, Watford makes a move around him to the rim:

And is fouled:

This one won’t show up on any highlight reels, and it’s a simple setup with just a pick. But it led to two made free throws and was one of several occasions where — as Shon Morris pointed out on the broadcast — Watford worked a mismatch on a slower player to his advantage.

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Crimson Guard trekking to Ohio State on Feb. 27

The folks over at the Crimson Guard asked us to help get the word out on a road trip to Columbus at the end of February to see Indiana play Ohio State. And so help we shall.

The details are as follows, holler at these folks for any questions:

What: Road Trip to see IU vs. #1 Ohio State in Columbus, OH
Date:
February 27th (Time is TBD)
Cost: $40 per person. The cost includes one ticket and one seat on the coach bus.
Deadline to sign up: February 1st at 9 PM
How to sign up:
Email us at guardc@indiana.edu to reserve your spot. Visit our website for more details (CrimsonGuard.org)

Big Ten power rankings: Week 6

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So, in case you were asleep or out of the country all week, the Big Ten fell down. Penn State beat Wisconsin. Indiana beat Illinois. Northwestern came within a whisker (see what I did there?) of beating Ohio State.

In honor of this new, chic, completely unintelligible Big Ten, we bring you rankings that are modeled likewise.

Inside the Hall Big Ten power rankings: Week 6

Very No. 11. Iowa – Definitely not ranked; 8-13, 1-8; 33 total points

Oh, to be young and in Iowa City when it’s freezing cold and there’s no good basketball to be found within a hundred miles. Beating Indiana was nice, but then the Hoosiers turned around and smacked a Top 25 team. Aside from beating the Hoosiers, what’s the best Iowa’s done this year? Northern Iowa? Alabama?

The closest No. 10 has ever been to No. 9. Indiana – NR; 11-11, 2-7; 29 total points

Oh but how close they were. A week marked by wins over Illinois and Michigan State would have had Hoosier fans flashing back to the old days. Still, there are positives, namely that someone or something lit a fire under Christian Watford. The sophomore is averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game over his last six.

No. 9 because we beat State. Michigan – NR; 13-9, 3-6; 28 total points

It was a good week to be a Wolverine, with wins at Michigan State and at home to Iowa. Darius Morris ripped off a triple-double, further cementing is status as likely the conference most improved player (all respect to Jordan Hulls).

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