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Hoosier Headlines for January 4, 2010: weekend news coverage and Michigan postgame.

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  • On the right track (Post-Tribune)
    "One year removed from a 1-16 showing in conference play, and just days removed from losing the team's top scorer for the season, Indiana won its Big Ten opener Thursday with a 71-65 victory over Michigan."

  • IU rebounds with win over Michigan (The Indianapolis Star)
    "Jordan Hulls had lived and relived this moment countless times in his driveway on Tracy Court. Game on the line. Playing for Indiana. Shooting free throws for a chance to win a Big Ten basketball game. When that moment arrived Thursday afternoon at Assembly Hall, Hulls said he was a little nervous, but then took a deep breath and let the shots fly."

  • Indiana natives Zack Novak and Stu Douglass shine in loss (Detroit Free Press)
    "Had Michigan pulled out a victory Thursday at Assembly Hall, Indiana natives Stu Douglass and Zack Novak would have remembered it for the rest of their lives. Instead, their great games – 18 points and nine rebounds from Novak, 16 from Douglass, with both playing virtually every minute – become little more than a hope to kick-start their personal Big Ten seasons after U-M's 71-65 loss to Indiana in the Big Ten opener. "

  • Big win in Big Ten opener (The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    "Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said it would take a team effort to replace leading scorer Maurice Creek, who suffered a season-ending left knee injury Monday. IU got just that."

  • Visit by Creek's mom inspires Hoosiers (The Indianapolis Star)
    "Pam Morgan delivered an emotional pregame speech to the Indiana basketball team moments before its 71-65 victory over Michigan on Thursday afternoon at Assembly Hall. Coach Tom Crean said it was a touching moment. Morgan -- mother of injured Hoosiers freshman Maurice Creek, who had knee surgery Tuesday and is lost for the season -- assured the team that her son would be OK and urged them to fight on without him this season."

  • U-M's Indiana natives impress (The Detroit News)
  • Hoosiers cool under pressure, ice Michigan (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
    "With his father, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, looking on, Rivers defended from mouthwash range. He denied, bumped and harassed Harris into 13 points and one rebound, well below his season averages of 20.1 points and 7.5 rebounds."

  • Wolverines aren't panicking after loss in Big Ten opener (The Detroit News)
    "That is not to absolve the Wolverines for losing their Big Ten opener against a team that won only one conference game last season and on Monday lost its leading scorer to injury, freshman Maurice Creek. Michigan, which has looked shaky during the non-conference season, is now 6-6 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten. And if the Wolverines are to duplicate their success from last season, which means reaching the NCAA Tournament, they have a great deal of work to do."

  • Hulls seals Hoosiers' win over Michigan (Evansville Courier & Press)
    "For a while, it looked like the only Indiana kids who would celebrate in Assembly Hall on New Year's Eve were wearing Michigan uniforms. But in the end, it was a Hoosier through and through — last year's Mr. Basketball who still dons that celebrated No. 1 jersey for IU — who made the winning plays. Freshman Jordan Hulls sank six free throws in the final 23.8 seconds on Thursday, lifting IU to a 71-65 victory in its Big Ten Conference opener."

  • IU’s young players step up in Big Ten opener against Michigan (TribStar.com)
    "Last year’s growing pains are bringing forth actual growth. Playing the first game of the Big Ten campaign with the best player still recovering from season-ending knee surgery, Indiana held on for 71-65 win over Michigan on Thursday at Assembly Hall."

  • Rivers's effort limits Michigan star Harris (Indiana Daily Student )
    "IU coach Tom Crean emphasized prior to Thursday's game against Michigan that his players could not get caught up in stopping just one Wolverine player. But if there was one player Crean probably didn't mind his team shutting down, then it would be Big Ten leading scorer Manny Harris."

  • A crucial win for Indiana (College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN)
    "As Crean tries to raise the Hoosiers from the ashes wrought by Kelvin Sampson’s scorched Earth, this goes down as more than a W. It’s a character-marker for a young team trying to simultaneously establish its own identity and rebuild the program's identity as well. "

  • Foul trouble took Michigan guard Manny Harris out of his rhythm (AnnArbor.com)
    "I want the game to be officiated like it is. Hands on, we fouled three jump shooters and we’ve spoken to them about that," Beilein said. "To lose this game will teach us very valuable lessons about the little things, that this is Big Ten basketball, this is going to be the way it’s going to be every night whether you’re at home or on the road."

  • Good, Bad and Ugly: Michigan (Inside the Hall)
  • Indiana 71, Michigan 65 (The Hoosier Scoop)
  • Indiana Recap and Ohio State Preview (mgoblog)
  • Stick a Fork in Them: Michigan Loses to Indiana 71-65 (Michigan Sports Center)
  • Accidentally on purpose (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
    Nice profile of former IU associate AD Tim Fitzpatrick, now the AD at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

  • In search of IU's next ‘golden age of athletics' (The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN)
    Interview of IU athletic director Fred Glass.