Indiana overpowers St. Joseph's (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
"So what did Indiana’s 2-0 exhibition run showcase? For one thing, junior guard Jeremiah Rivers will set the Hoosiers’ tone. For another, guard Maurice Creek can challenge forward Christian Watford for top team freshman honors. Finally, speed rules."
Creek active for IU (South Bend Tribune)
"Maurice Creek would be the first to tell you that his exhibition opener last week against Grace College left a lot to be desired. With that in mind, he was determined to play a more active role Monday night against St. Joseph’s. He didn’t disappoint. Creek led Indiana in scoring with 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds to help lead the Hoosiers to a 96-67 victory over St. Joseph’s before an announced crowd of 15,289 in IU’s exhibition finale at Assembly Hall."
- IU finishes preseason easily (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
- IU cruises in final exhibition game 95-67 (Indiana Daily Student)
- Creek scores 16 points in IU's exhibition win (The Courier-Journal)
Crean's take on setting the pace (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
"Indiana had 20 fast-break points in the 95-67 win against Saint Joseph's College. Four players reached double figures, led by Maurice Creek's 16."
Thoughts on Second Exhibition Game with St. Joseph's (Hoosiers Insider | The Indianapolis Star)
"But what Indiana basketball did show Monday night is that this is a completely different team than it was a year ago. There's some talent on this team and different players stepped up that didn't play nearly as well in the first game. The one feeling I had in this game was that you could see it in Tom Crean's demeanor that when things weren't going well and he needed to make substitutions he could look down his bench and he had options to go to."
IU senior tailback ready for any chance to play (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
"Don't tell Bryan Payton he's a backup, an afterthought, a bit player in a football season of near misses. Indiana's fifth-year senior tailback faces the end of his college career finding reward in whatever opportunities come his way. Ask him to spend most of the games on the sidelines and he deals with it. Ask him about his future and he sees no limits. Ask him to handle special- team duties and he commits body and soul to it."
Indiana Hoosiers have found ways to "gift wrap" victories (The Sports Blog - PennLive.com)
"However - and this is a big however - Indiana simply hasn't learned the difference between competing hard and winning games. The bar hasn't been raised to the point where the Hoosiers believe they can win tight games. Moral victories are apparently still good enough."
Penn State Hot List for Indiana (PennLive.com)
"The Indiana defense has yet to grasp the concept of pass coverage. Despite the presence of two terrific rush ends in Jammie Kirlew (13.5 tackles for loss) and Greg Middleton (7.5), the Hoosiers are ranked last in the Big Ten in pass defense, allowing an average of 250 yards per contest. They also have surrendered 16 touchdown passes. Derek Moye, you listenin?"
Who wants to be millionaire coach? (Detroit Free Press)
Info on all Big Ten coaches, although for the bottom half, only salary has been disclosed in this article.
College basketball preview: Year of the blueblood (Mike DeCourcy - Sporting News)
"With Roy Williams, Bill Self, John Calipari, Ben Howland, Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Crean in charge of the blueblood programs, this will be the first time since 1995-96 — and only the second time in history — all six will begin the season under coaches with Final Four experience."