Hoosiers drop winnable game (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
"They booed. It wasn’t an Assembly Hall first and it might not be a last. Not when winnable games are lost, double-digit leads are blown and home-court advantage goes the way of Cincinnati’s Super Bowl hopes. Not when the Indiana Hoosiers, victory within their grasp, fumbled and fouled it away. Not when Illinois, on the verge of getting blown out, gutted out a victory to remain a Big Ten unbeaten."
Illinois rallies to beat Hoosiers 66-60 (Palladium-Item)
"We’re not getting manhandled, we’re just not fighting through all that stuff enough," Crean said. "We have to be even more physical. We can’t do anything about the foul discrepancy tonight, but rest assured we’re going to make sure we’re going to do a better job getting to the line."
Hoosiers collapse in loss to Illinois (Post-Tribune)
"A raucous Assembly Hall crowd helped the Hoosiers surge to an early lead and a double-digit advantage midway through the first half. Freshman guard Jordan Hulls, who had hit just 1-of-10 shots over his last two games, came out firing nonetheless, scoring 11 of his team's first 15 points and providing the type of spark that led Crean to insert him into the starting line-up four games ago."
Hoosiers see lead, game slip away (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
"We didn’t shoot it as well in the second half. It wasn’t shot selection as much as some of the shots didn’t go in," IU coach Tom Crean said. "We’ve got some very disappointed guys in the sense of they know they can do more. It’s a hurt locker room, and when you fight like that, it should be."
Illinois show just enough fight to win (Herald-Review)
"On Saturday, Indiana was the tougher team early. Then Illinois had enough and fought back, gaining the upper hand just in time."
Illinois lines up comeback (The Indianapolis Star)
"We just kept going inside and made them make a decision,'' Weber said. "It's tough to guard Tisdale inside. He's big. And they were being physical. He got us to the free throw line and he got them in foul trouble.
Free throws+foul mouths=fun at IU (DailyHerald.com Blogs)
Gosh, do Illinois fans ever chant anything at the opposition? Wasn't this a big story a couple of years ago?
Illini come back (STLtoday.com)
"It started the way some of our coaching staff thought it would in that they'd come after us," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "They took it to us from the get-go. ... We do keep our poise. They used so much energy and emotion early, maybe they lost a little bit of that."
Good, Bad and Ugly: Illinois (Inside the Hall)
"Perhaps this is just what we’re in for this season: a bit of deer-in-the-headlights-what-are-we-doing play on the road, while on its home court, Indiana plays with the utmost confidence. If the Hoosiers can give this kind of effort inside Assembly Hall every time out, they’ll be in most, if not all, of their home contests."
Overdosing on the BTN (John Mutka Post-Tribune)
"Thumbnail analysis: Sad to say, the Hoosiers too often dribble themselves into trouble when stressed. Under pressure, their immaturity rises faster than the national debt. The worst offender is Jeremiah Rivers, a victim of his own misguided intensity. Too often, he crashes like a tipsy motorist, lacking the skill to finish off pedestrian defenders. Drawing fouls -- which he does -- means little because Rivers is converting only 52.4 per cent of his free throws."
Hoosiers miss the mark against Illini (Indiana Daily Student )
"Our guys have got to learn that even when the foul situation is the way it is and when the bonus situation is the way it is, we can’t go back on our heels," Crean said. "That’s so hard for a young team to understand."
Young Hoosiers unable to hold off experienced Illini (Indiana Daily Student)
"Welcome to the Big Ten, IU. Saturday might have marked the Hoosiers’ third game already in conference play, but IU coach Tom Crean’s squad received a good taste of what it will be facing during the rest of the season."
Good start important for Illinois (pjstar.com)
Illinois coach Bruce Weber searched for a leader and somebody to make the gritty, tough play to save a possession and perhaps a game. Guard Chester Frazier played that role over the last two or three seasons. Jeff Jordan, the son of the world’s most famous basketball player, earned some points with the coach and maybe the save in the rally from 15 down in the second half at Indiana.