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Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 | 7:02 p.m. EST
Arena: Crisler Arena (13,751) – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Line: Indiana by 9.5
All-time series: Indiana leads 97-52
TV: ESPN (Brent Musberger, Steve Lavin and Erin Andrews)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
- Indiana (12-1): Jordan Crawford, Eric Gordon, Jamarcus Ellis, Mike White, D.J. White
- Michigan (4-10): C.J. Lee, Manny Harris, Ekpe Udoh, DeShawn Sims, Ron Coleman
Game Notes (Adobe Reader required to view):
As always, your predictions and comments are welcome in the game thread. I’ll also be live blogging during the game, so after the tip, check for updates after the jump.
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The Hoosiers are finishing up their cupcakes and the New Year is nearly upon us, which can mean only one thing: It’s Big Ten Preview Time! Here’s a look at the teams that will challenge the Hoosiers for the conference crown … or fall under the weighty boot of crimson dominance. Probably the latter. Today: Michigan.
There are two things you need to know about Michigan in 2007-08. The first: They have a new coach in John Beilein, a system-oriented coach known for maximizing his overmatched teams’ potential. The second: His new team has very little potential to maximize.
The Wolverines are almost entirely new this season. Not only do they have a new coach, but their starting five is 80 percent new; only Ron Coleman returns. That means no Courtney Sims, no Lester Abram, no Dion Harris, and none of Brent Petway’s occasionally brilliant highlights. That also means no Tommy Amaker, whose inability to turn last year’s senior-laden lineup into anything better than a marginal bubble team sent him packing to Harvard before he had the chance to coach this year’s rebuilding effort.
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With all due respect to the many Michigan bloggers out here among us — is there a team in the country with a more prolific blogger base? — I have the exact same reaction every time I hear Hail To The Victors.
Draymond Green, a top 100 recruit in the 2008 class, will announce his college decision Thursday. Green, a 6’7″ power forward from Saginaw, Michigan, has narrowed his possible destinations to Michigan State, Michigan and Indiana.
Green originally committed to Kentucky, but after Tubby Smith left, Green re-opened his recruitment.
In today’s Detroit News, Green’s coach Lou Dawkins talked about the upcoming announcement:
“These are the schools who have been after him the hardest,” Dawkins said. “By (tonight) he’ll decide. If not, then he might make it when he wakes up Thursday.”
Dawkins also added that Green may take an unofficial visit to Michigan later today. I’m no expert, but from my experience, the school with the last visit generally lands the recruit.
If I had to make a prediction, I’d say IU is running a distant third for Green’s services. While they would gladly take Green, they are aiming for bigger fish to fill out the 2008 class.
Updated: Green picks Michigan State