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After Northwestern loss, IU looks for improvement at Michigan State

Following Indiana’s worst loss of the season on Saturday to an 8-10 Northwestern squad, Tom Crean gave his team a partial practice the next day to give his players some rest during a long Big Ten season.

That long season continues tonight in East Lansing, Mich., when the Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3) face No. 3 Michigan State (17-1, 6-0) at 7 p.m., only 17 days after the Spartans beat the Hoosiers, 73-56, on Jan. 4 at Assembly Hall.

“(They’re) really playing well on both sides of the ball, both ends and with very good consistency considering they’ve played without one of the better players in the country the last couple of games in Adreian Payne,” Crean said on Monday during the weekly Big Ten conference call. “We’re trying to continue to get better here at what we’ve got to improve upon and get ourselves prepared in a hurry to get up to Michigan State.”

As if tonight’s challenge won’t be significant enough, doing it on less preparation might make it even more difficult. The Spartans are riding a 10-game winning streak and haven’t lost since Dec. 4 against North Carolina. They have the nation’s No. 20 offense and No. 10 defense.


Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Michigan State

Indiana dropped its first home game of the season and its second straight to start Big Ten play on Saturday in a 73-56 loss to No. 5 Michigan State.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s loss to the Spartans:

· Robinson’s rise continues: While freshmen Devin Davis and Troy Williams have stagnated in terms of their production in recent weeks, their classmate Stanford Robinson continues to make a strong case for more minutes. Against Michigan State, Robinson scored 11 points and added four rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes. He was Indiana’s most effective player attacking off the dribble and looks to be moving toward a more prominent role, perhaps as a starter, as his confidence builds.

“He’s got a personality. He’s got a toughness about him,” Tom Crean said of Robinson. “And he’s building his skill level. You’re always working and building your skills but you’re developing your mindset. And it comes … your skills get better, well that helps the confidence.”

· Ferrell’s 17 points overshadowed by turnovers: Yogi Ferrell is off to a fantastic start offensively in his sophomore season, but through two Big Ten games, IU’s point guard and floor leader has 11 turnovers. And while his turnover percentage is down from a season ago, his usage is up significantly which makes the mistakes he’s making more problematic.

There’s no doubt that he is the key cog that makes IU go offensively, but if the Hoosiers are to reverse course on the turnover problem that is a roster wide issue, it has to start with Ferrell cutting down on the careless giveaways.


The Minute After: Michigan State

Thoughts on a 73-56 loss to the Spartans:

Seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne sat on the bench near the end of the first half, saddled with two fouls a piece. It mattered little. This Michigan State team defended well without them and fellow starters Garry Harris and Branden Dawson made sure points were still going upon the board. The Hoosiers trailed by nine at half and it was just about as close as they’d get the rest of the ball game.

Indiana paid itself little favors, made it so much harder, and that’s just no path to victory against a Spartan team contending for a Big Ten championship, one looking for yet another Final Four trip with Tom Izzo at the helm.

Despite the boos, Harris, as he did last season under similar circumstances, was sensational in this one. When he wasn’t ripping treys (5-of-10), the sophomore was stealing the ball from the Hoosiers (five) and scoring on the other end. He finished with a career-high 26 points in what was maybe his final trip to Assembly Hall. He showed the emotion of a confident, fearless kid and it’s an attitude that will serve him well at the next level. Oh, to think how this season might be playing out a little differently had Harris opted for the cream and crimson.  

We could harp on the turnovers (23.5 turnover percentage), but there was so much more that doomed the Hoosiers in this one. The Spartans were tough at the rim (season-high nine blocks) and so Indiana failed to get easy buckets in the paint; IU shot just 36.8 percent on 2-pointers. The Hoosiers were also bested on the offensive boards (31.2 vs. 29.4 offensive rebounding percentage). Michigan State’s ability to keep possessions alive and hit some dagger second (or third) chance buckets took the life out of Indiana.


Gary Harris headed to Michigan State

Both Brian Snow of and Dave Telep of are reporting that Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern has committed to Michigan State.

Harris told Telep that the family atmosphere at Michigan State was the difference:

“Me and my family, we just decided tonight,” Harris said. “All the schools had the same thing but it came down to the school I was most comfortable with. The family atmosphere (at Michigan State) was like no other. The way they treat each other and act and get along — it’s a great feeling.”

A third source — Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star — confirmed the news with Gary Harris Sr.

“I absolutely think he did it the right way,” Harris Sr. said. “I’m really happy for him. There’s a range of emotions you go through after going through it for three-and-a-half years. It wasn’t an easy decision.”

Harris, the No. 10 player in the country according to ESPN, took official visits to Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue and Michigan State before ultimately deciding on the Spartans.

He averaged 18.6 points per game as a junior.

Harris’ decision means that Indiana’s 2012 class, ranked as high as No. 2 nationally, will remain at five players.

All five recruits — Hanner Perea, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Peter Jurkin and Ron Patterson — signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday with the Hoosiers.

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Around the Hall: Top 50 list, Harris nervous, more

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on. 

+ Chuck Klosterman ranks the top 50 college basketball players of all-time over at Grantland and two Hoosiers make the list.

+ Gary Harris admits that he’s a little bit nervous about his upcoming decision to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.

+ updates its class of 2012 rankings and Indiana falls out of the top five following Mitch McGary’s commitment to Michigan.

+ ESPN The Magazine ranks every team in the country and the Hoosiers come in at No. 45 overall and seventh in the Big Ten.

+ The Associated Press writes that Indiana fans are anxious to see better results this season.

Beyond the Arc, the NBC Sports college hoops blog, delivers its Big Ten preview.

+ Avi Zaleon of The Indiana Daily Student lists his five expectations for Saturday’s exhibition against the University of Indianapolis.

Around the Hall: CBS on Sheehey, Harris timetable, more

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on. (Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

+ Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports believes that Will Sheehey will be an all-league player before he leaves Bloomington.

+ WIBC-FM (93.1) has been named the home for IU men’s basketball in the Indianapolis area this season.

+ Gary Harris Sr. says his son, who visited Kentucky over the weekend, will make his decision this fall.

+ Indiana’s November 16 game at Evansville will tip at 7 p.m.

+ The NCAA will vote Friday on a proposal to immediately enact a baseline APR requirement of 900 to participate in postseason play.

+ Eric Gordon is participating in a Big Blue All-Stars vs. Villains exhibition game tonight at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

+ Former Illinois forward Jereme Richmond, who left after just one season in Champaign, is back in jail.

Indiana self-reports secondary violation involving Gary Harris

From ESPN’s Pat Forde:

Indiana has self-reported a secondary NCAA rules violation by the men’s basketball staff involving blue-chip recruit Gary Harris, according to multiple sources.

The school acknowledged to that coach Tom Crean committed the violation while recruiting an unnamed student-athlete in Indianapolis last week.

In a statement released Tuesday, the school said, “Coach Crean immediately reported an inadvertent recruiting contact violation to our compliance office, and we are following our normal procedures.”

The school says in its report that Crean visited the unnamed student-athlete at an Indianapolis-area high school on Thursday, Oct. 6. According to the NCAA recruiting calendar, the contact period ended Oct. 5.

Even though the program is still under probation until Nov. 24 of this year from the Kelvin Sampson era, IU’s report also notes it docked itself two days of recruiting as a self-penalty. Add this to the fact that the contact is a secondary violation, and it’s likely no further penalty will stem from this.

You can view the complete secondary violation report here.

Crean also commented on the misstep late Tuesday via his Twitter account: “We take the rules very serious and work very hard to stay compliant with them. We made a mistake. In reality there are no excuses and I am glad we realized it when we did so we didn’t repeat it that day.”

Reports: Harris sets date for official visit to Kentucky

Gary Harris has set a date for his official visit to Kentucky.

Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star has confirmed an earlier report that Harris will visit Lexington on the weekend of October 22.

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard, the No. 10 overall player in the 2012 class by, took his first official visit last weekend to Purdue.

His official visit to Kentucky falls in between a trip to Bloomington on October 15-16 and a trip to Michigan State on November 5-6.

Harris, who is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent during the early period that runs from November 9-16, is documenting his official visits in a diary for premium subscribers.


– Q & A: Harris reflects on AAU season, looks ahead (July 30, 2011)
– Recruitment status quo for five-star guard Harris (June 26, 2011)
– NBA Top 100 Camp Q & A: Gary Harris (June 17, 2011)
– Gary Harris discusses recruitment in radio interview (April 30, 2011)
– Harris not surprised at Indiana’s recruiting resurgence (November 22, 2010)
– Indiana “very high” on Harris’ list following weekend visit (October 3, 2010)

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

Notebook: Kentucky offer for Harris, Zeigler visit, more

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

The first of three official visits scheduled for 2012 target Gary Harris takes place this weekend at Purdue. The Boilermakers host Notre Dame in football Saturday night on ESPN which should make for an interesting atmosphere. Harris will spend Friday evening at Noblesville as the Hamilton Southeastern football team looks to move to 6-1.

There’s still been no word on plans for an official visit to Kentucky, but the Wildcats have offered a scholarship according to After the Purdue visit, Indiana will get Harris next for Hoosier Hysteria on October 15 and then Michigan State will host him on the weekend of November 5. The early signing period begins on Wednesday, November 9.

Crean in Indianapolis

Brian Snow of reported that Tom Crean was at North Central for open gym on Wednesday to watch 2014 forward Perry Poindexter. The 6-foot-7 Poindexter has interest from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Xavier. Crean was also at Indianapolis Tech on Wednesday watching 2014 commitment Trey Lyles according to Trevor Andershock. Lyles’ high school coach, Jason Delaney, also confirmed Crean’s presence at Tech.