Big stage beckons (Post-Tribune)
"One week after being trounced 80-68 by Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Hoosiers step into the national spotlight once again. IU coach Tom Crean said his team is in for one of their tougher challenges of the season, but also one of their most valuable experiences."
IU, Crean expect pro-Pitt Garden crowd (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
"It will seem like a road game," Crean said Sunday. "There are probably two programs outside of New York right now that can turn the Garden into a home game: that’s Pitt and Duke." I guess I don't get it. Is Pitt's following in any sport that substantial? I'll be interested to see the crowd and how many east coast IU alumni make an appearance.
Pitt Basketball: Guard Dixon's return should boost offense (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
"Indiana coach Tom Crean was 5-3 against Pitt coach Jamie Dixon when he was at Marquette."
IU to play Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden, appreciates opportunity on national stage (Indiana Daily Student |)
"IU coach Tom Crean said the history of Madison Square Garden played into his team’s choice to accept a bid to the Jimmy V Classic. "
IU-Pitt more than just a game (Indiana Daily Student)
"In talking to Watford, fellow freshman Jordan Hulls and IU coach Tom Crean on Sunday, it was clear that the Hoosiers are hungry for a victory. "
Hoosiers head to Garden for Jimmy V Classic (Indiana Daily Student)
"When the basketball team opens the Big Ten season Dec. 31 against Michigan, IU will be ready. A three-game stretch sandwiched in less than two weeks against Maryland, Pittsburgh and Kentucky gives the Hoosiers an opportunity to prepare before facing conference opponents. "
IU faces tough, physical Pitt (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
"Pitt was the most physical team (in the Big East)," [Jeremiah] Rivers said. "I remember how tough it was for every possession. Coach (Jamie) Dixon teaches that. That's how they play. It's like the Big Ten in some ways. I hope we match that energy and control it."
Pitt, Indiana share links (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
"That was my favorite team," McGhee said. "They offered me when Kelvin Sampson was the coach. I ended up coming to Pitt. I think I made a great decision not going (to IU)." Ouch.
Foul play suspected for IU's Pritchard (The Courier-Journal)
"I try not to think about it, but it's always there," Pritchard said. "I just have to stop picking up those quick fouls. Coach has had me working in practice on guarding the perimeter players to try to get me to move my feet more. The idea is to make me more disciplined and not foul as much, so hopefully that will help me in the upcoming games."
Scouting Pittsburgh | The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.
"For the seventh straight game, Pitt will start five players who had a combined one career start before the season opener. Pitt remains without its two top returnees from last year: Returning starter Jermaine Dixon (broken right foot) and last year's sixth man Gilbert Brown (academic suspension)."
Porter wants to build his own legacy, thinks Todd Yeagley should be next IU coach (The Hoosier Scoop)
"When I left Indiana, I said that my goal was to take what I had learned there and use it to build my own legacy somewhere else," he said Monday afternoon. "That’s what I’m doing, and what I intend to continue to do."