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The Minute After: Northwestern

FINAL SCORE: Northwestern 73, Indiana 58 | Box Score

The ghost of Hoosier future.

Derek Elston (10 points, nine boards) and Christian Watford (nine points, six boards) playing close to the  double-double men they’re capable of being night in and night out. Verdell Jones and Jordan Hulls handling the perimeter. A strong start. Controlled, sensible decisions. Being in the driver’s seat for 32 minutes of this one. Using the same scheme — a zone that forced outside shots — against Northwestern twice in the same week, and it working. Respectable shooting from the field (43.5 percent) and (sort of) from three (33.3 percent).

The ghost of Hoosier past.

The scoring droughts. A few of ‘em, but none more costly than the 9:29 without a field goal late in the second half — a stretch of time that essentially lost this team the game.

The turnovers. When the wheels fell of midway through the second half, Northwestern’s 1-3-1 zone forced the Hoosiers into plenty of them, and of course, there were a number of the unforced variety as well. In total, IU had 19. (13 of which came in the second half.)

This one stings a bit, because IU had this game. The car was on cruise control. But they fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road — never to recover.

It would have been nice to rack up an 11th win, nice to have a chance at a 12th win against Purdue in the next round of the tourney. But alas, what’s doomed the Hoosiers all season — their inability to take care of the ball and put the ball in the basket — doomed them again today.

Going to cut this one short instead of rambling on like usual. We’ll have plenty of end-of-the-year content starting next week for y’all, which should be fun.

Thanks for sticking with us this season, and don’t fret. Better days are ahead.

Northwestern Postgame Audio: Tom Crean

Listen to Indiana coach Tom Crean’s comments following Indiana’s season-ending 73-58 loss to Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in the embedded media player below:

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Report: Rice hires former IU Athletic Director Rick Greenspan

You remember Rick Greenspan, right? Well, I’ll keep this brief, but instead of writing the Kelvin Sampson tell-all book, it appears the former Indiana Athletic Director is on his way to Rice.

KHOU-TV has the scoop:

HOUSTON—Sources tell 11 News that former Indiana University Athletic Director Rick Greenspan has been selected as the new AD at Rice University.

Greenspan will replace Chris Del Conte, who left last fall for the same post at TCU.

Greenspan was at Indiana for four years, during which time he was credited with getting $55 million worth of upgrades on university facilities.

The report goes on to mention that an announcement at Rice could come as early as Friday.

Big Ten Tournament Live Blog: Indiana vs. Northwestern

Crean: Trust, loyalty important for next assistant coach

Big Ten Tournamnet: Indiana Hoosiers v Penn State Nittany LionsIndiana coach Tom Crean met with the media earlier this afternoon to discuss tomorrow’s Big Ten Tournament game against Northwestern, which tips at approximately 5PM ET on ESPN2. (You can read some quotes from Crean on Northwestern here.)

The second-year coach was also asked about the dismissal of assistant coach Roshown McLeod, who has yet to speak publicly but plans to do so in the coming days via a press release.

Specifically, the question posed to Crean by Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times was this, “You said on your radio show the other night it was abundantly clear to you that you had to make the move you did in letting Roshown go. What did he do or not do to make that abundantly clear?”

And here was the response:

“It’s where it’s at. I really don’t want to go a lot further than that. I understand the positions that you guys are in with asking that question and wanting to know more. I understand that. But everything from me right now is to make sure that we are totally focused on what we’re trying to do here. That doesn’t mean that I’m not already in the process of thinking of what I’m going to do the next time. It would be foolish for me to say, ‘Oh, I’m going to put all that off and not think about it until the end of the year.’ Of course I think about it. My job, day in and day out is to make this program better than it was the day before in every aspect and to get everybody pulling in the same direction all the time. It’s a lot easier said than done, but that’s what the challenge is every day and that’s how you want to try to have it.”

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Quick hit: Yogi Ferrell gets Indiana offer

Back in the dark ages of journalism, (18 months ago) to find out if a promising prep basketball player had say, received an offer from a prominent in-state school, one needed to use archaic means, such as telephones and e-mail, to connect with said players and their coaches and confidants and confirm such news. Ah, the joys of social networking.

Translation: I follow Yogi Ferrell on Twitter, and just about 12 hours ago, he announced to the Twitter world (Tworld? Let’s make that happen) that he had, in fact, received an offer from IU.

“Got offered by IU,” Ferrell said via his Twitter account. This comes on the heels of a March 7 trip to Illinois to watch the Illini take on Wisconsin. That visit, according to Ferrell’s Twitter feed, (can’t you tell I’m enjoying this?) yielded an offer from Illinois as well. So according to Rivals, this brings Ferrell’s offer tally up to four, with IU and Illinois joining Butler and Purdue in the chase for the Park Tudor sophomore.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Ferrell, whose real first name, by the way, is Kevin, has been on the radar for quite some time. In fact, he was once considered the No. 1 player in the nation — in the fifth grade. I point you to this 2005 Indianapolis Star article, (in pdf format) which features Ferrell prominently in its exploration of what then qualified as a needs-to-be-explained phenomenon: basketball players getting attention from sportswear companies and other industry figures at an alarmingly-young age.

So add Ferrell, one of a number of talented 2012 prospects coming out of Indianapolis, to the list of prospects with a scholarship offer from IU.

The latest on Will Yeguete and Moses Abraham

The recruiting buzz lately, as most of you know, has orbited around adding a big man to the 2010 recruiting class.

The two most-prominent names being mentioned thus far are Will Yeguete (pictured), a forward from Florida with an impressive offer sheet, and Moses Abraham, a D.C. product that IU entered late for but seems to have made up ground on in a short time.

Yeguete was on campus this weekend for the Northwestern game, and I got the chance to catch up with his coach, Aubin Goporo, who said the visit made a good impression on Yeguete.

“He said the visit went very well,” Goporo told Inside the Hall on Monday night. “He enjoyed his time.”

Yeguete, a native of Meaux, France, who has lived in Florida for the last two years, will take all of his visits before making a final decision on where to sign. Goporo said Yeguete hasn’t set a firm date to announce his commitment yet and has taken three visits thus far. Yeguete has offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech and Indiana, among others.

With effective post play still at a premium in IU’s rotation, Goporo said he believes Yeguete will “make an impact in his freshman year, no question about it.” He described Yeguete as a well-rounded player who can play facing the basket or with his back to it, and sees the court and moves the ball well.

“The kid is a hard worker, and the kid enjoys a challenge,” Goporo said. “(He) understands the game really well.”

Goporo did say he wasn’t sure how much IU’s tradition, a strong Tom Crean selling point, would matter to Yeguete.

“He’s looking for somewhere that he’s going to fit in well,” he said.

On Moses Abraham: I’ve been e-mailing back and forth with his adviser, Joe Boncore. Abraham was unable to make a scheduled visit to IU for the Northwestern game due to illness, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to get to Bloomington before he makes his decision, which Boncore said will come Sunday. Boncore added that Roshown McLeod’s departure will have no effect on Abraham’s decision.

Update: Our good friend Dustin Dopirak of the Herald-Times reports that Abraham won’t visit IU, but that the Hoosiers are still in consideration. So there you go.

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