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Hoosier Headlines for November 19, 2009: Bucket coverage and Puerto Rico.

  • IU players haven't forgotten last year's 62-10 loss (Journal and Courier)
    "(Monday) I heard it maybe seven times," Indiana senior running back Bryan Payton said of last year's score. "I know some of the guys have it on their lockers or pasted in their apartment rooms. I know what those numbers mean."

  • Indiana sees jump in football attendance (ESPN)
  • IU facing test in Puerto Rico (The Courier-Journal)
    "It's time for the reality check for the Indiana University men's basketball team. A year ago the Hoosiers won their first two regular-season games and headed to Maui for three games in paradise. A 38-point loss to Notre Dame, a 26-point setback to Saint Joseph's and a two-point nail-biting victory over Division II Chaminade provided IU with a snapshot of what the season would eventually bring."

  • Hoosiers head south_ ready for tougher foes (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    "If Howard and the University of South Carolina-Upstate served as introductory courses, then Indiana could be in line for some advanced classes at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-off."

  • Young Hoosiers should test Rebs (The Clarion-Ledger)
    "Ole Miss breezed through its first two games of the season, winning by a combined 65 points over Arkansas-Little Rock and Alabama State at Tad Smith Coliseum. The easy victories were nice, but junior Eniel Polynice knows that today's game against Indiana in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off marks the first true test of the season. 'This is going to be a huge statement game for us,' Polynice said. 'We're trying to put Ole Miss back on the map, show people we're for real and that we're not playing around.'"

  • Watford has room to grow at IU (Evansville Courier & Press)
    "He's not even scratching the surface," Crean said of the 6-foot-9 forward from Birmingham, Ala., who had 14 points and 11 rebounds in an 83-60 win over Howard, then 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 69-61 win over South Carolina-Upstate. "He is so talented, but he's not even close to consistent yet. (That's why) we're not here to pat him on the back, we're here to drive him.

  • Puerto Rico Tip Off: Ole Miss vs. Indiana (Red Cup Rebellion)
    "The Rebels as a team are averaging 91 points per game, but both games were against vastly inferior opponents and in the crumbling but cozy confines of the Tad Smith Coliseum. Over the past two seasons, Ole Miss is 6-6 in neutral site games, including a 3-0 record in the San Juan Shootout in 2007 where the Rebels beat out LaSalle, Depaul and Clemson."

  • Roth injured, will sit in Puerto Rico (Hoosier Hype | Indiana Daily Student)
  • It's raining in Paradise (Hoosiers Insider | The Indianapolis Star)
  • Know Thy Opponent: Ole Miss Rebels (Inside the Hall)