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Eric Gordon among 27 named to USA National Team

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles ClippersIn a press release issued this morning by USA Basketball, former Indiana guard Eric Gordon was among 27 players named to the National Men’s Basketball team for 2010-2012.

The fact that Gordon was named to the team doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll compete in either the FIBA World Championships in 2010 or the London Olympics in 2012, but it’s a good sign for his future with USA Basketball that he’s getting involved with the program in just his second NBA season.

Gordon, who will face-off against DeMar DeRozan on Friday night for the right to compete in Saturday’s Sprite Slam Dunk, is averaging 17 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his second NBA season for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers are 21-30 and in third place in the NBA’s Pacific Division.

Gordon will also compete on the sophomore squad in Friday’s T-Mobile Rookie Challenge, which will be televised by TNT at 9 p.m. ET.

10% off all Inside the Hall apparel this month

As many of you know, a couple of months ago we teamed with our friends at Project571 to begin offering Inside the Hall apparel. Project571, founded by IU graduate Michael Wheeler, is the nation’s only eco-friendly college apparel company. And all sales go directly towards supporting our efforts of growing Inside the Hall.

With that said, any orders placed until the end of the February will receive a 10% discount by entering the promo code “insidethehall” at checkout. (Note: The discounted prices will not show until payment information is entered. You will then be able to review your order, with the discount applied, before submitting.) Below is a photo of the crimson men’s t-shirt. Thanks in advance for your support and as always, thanks for reading.

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Pick to Click: Ohio State

Will this be the game someone other than Verdell Jones takes the honors? Picks are due prior to Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. ET tip. Updated standings will be available this weekend.

Video: Tom Crean talks Ohio State

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High-flying Oladipo will play in Derby Festival Classic

Last season’s Kentucky Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall gave Indiana fans a glimpse of things to come with a trio of incoming freshmen.

There was Jordan Hulls connecting with Christian Watford, the Gold Team MVP, for a fastbreak alley oop. And there was Maurice Creek carrying an Indiana flag above his head during the pregame warmups.

This year’s game, which will be played on April 10, will include high-flying DeMatha wing and IU signee, Victor Oladipo. (Game information available here.)

“Yeah, I’m going to play in that one,” Oladipo told Inside the Hall via telephone on Monday evening.

Oladipo has emerged as a senior leader for the Stags, who are 20-3 and No. 20 in the latest USA Today Super 25.

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Looking past Northwestern for just one moment

Big Ten Tournament: Indiana Hoosiers v Penn State Nittany LionsUnderstatement of the new year: This was not a banner Saturday-Sunday (or just Sunday, really) for many of you, and it’s probably even worse to think about the fact that, not only did IU lose at Assembly Hall north, but the Colts were undone by a former Hoosier and a former Boilermaker together.

In acknowledgment of your fragile state of mind, (and also because I don’t want an angry mob outside my apartment tonight) the references to any certain Super Bowl that may have been played in the last 48 hours will end here. But I did want to touch on the Northwestern loss for a moment, because it sparked within me some food for thought.

By now, I think it’s fair to say that we can generally agree that Verdell Jones looks like a candidate to be considered one of the Hoosiers’ team leaders next season. He’s increased his scoring by almost four points per game, he’s got a better assist-to-turnover ratio and he’s rebounding the ball better compared to last season.

More than that, Jones is one of the few Hoosiers who appears to be comfortable being a vocal leader — shots of him getting in teammates’ faces after fouls or poor decisions, or explaining things in tense situations against Minnesota would be examples of this.

I’ll also throw into the conversation the fact that, at his current pace, Jones will improve in several categories, including scoring, in Big Ten play, when competition is supposed to be tougher. In fact, his top five scoring performances have all come in conference play.

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