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Monday roundup: Weekly awards, polls, new tip time

Whole bunch of news in Bloomington to start the week

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Indiana linebacker Micah McFadden talks with teammates on the sideline during IU’s win at Rutgers on Oct. 31.
Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images

Indiana football cleaned up in the Big Ten’s weekly awards, the women’s basketball team didn’t fall too far in the latest Associated Press poll, and the men’s team has a new tip time for Wednesday’s game at Florida State.

Here’s what you need to know:

Big Ten honors (and more) for Tom Allen’s Hoosiers

So, who is your team defensive most valuable player at this point? If this blog had a vote, it would probably go to linebacker Micah McFadden (though corner Tiawan Mullen is right there, too).

McFadden has been excellent thus far, a credit to the development taking place behind the scenes of Allen’s program. On Monday, he added to his running list of achievements this season, receiving the nod as the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of Week.

The Tampa native led IU with nine tackles and a pair of sacks in Saturday’s 14-6 win at Wisconsin, marking the second time in four weeks he has recorded multiple sacks. His second sack came with the Badgers facing a second-and-6 at the IU 17-yard line on their final drive. Two plays later Indiana, clinched the win.

McFadden leads the team with 52 stops (10th in the Big Ten), 39 solos (2nd), five sacks (T-2nd) and 8.5 tackles for loss (T-3rd) to go along with two interceptions (T-7th) and three quarterback hurries.

Haydon Whitehead joined McFadden on the league’s list of honorees, earning co-Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week recognition. The IU punter dropped four of his five kicks inside the 20-yard line, including at the 1- and 8-yard lines, and did not allow a punt to be returned. His final punt traveled a game-high 51 yards and forced the Badgers to begin their final drive at the 8.

This is the seventh time in seven weeks a Hoosier has been recognized by the league: safety Jamar Johnson (Penn State), kicker Charles Campbell (Rutgers), receiver Ty Fryfogle (Michigan State, Ohio State) and running back Stevie Scott III (Maryland).

Not only did IU place players on the Big Ten weekly honor roll, the Hoosiers also saw three members of the program make the cut to semifinalist status for yearly national awards: Whitehead (Ray Guy), Fryfogle (Biletnikoff) and Michael Penix Jr. (Davey O’Brien).

IU women don’t fall far

The final quarter of Sunday’s loss at Kentucky was a real stinker, but it didn’t cost the Indiana women’s basketball team too much in the latest Associated Press Top 25.

The Hoosiers (2-1) dropped only two spots to No. 15 in this week’s poll, where they’re tied with 3-0 Oregon State. IU finds itself in a Big Ten logjam in the middle of the top 25, bunched alongside No. 14 Maryland, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 18 Ohio State and No. 19 Michigan.

This marks the 22nd straight week that IU has appeared inside the AP’s top 25.

Hoosiers to tip at 7:15 on Wednesday

A mass shuffling of this week’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge has pushed up Indiana’s tipoff time at Florida State on Wednesday two hours to 7:15 p.m. Eastern.

Two games originally slated for Wednesday’s 7:15 slot — Louisville-Wisconsin and Michigan-NC State — have been postponed due to COVID-19 issues.

Indiana’s game will air on ESPN.

In other IU basketball news Monday, Trayce Jackson-Davis was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in his career after averaging 20.0 points and 5.7 rebounds during Indiana’s three-game run at the Maui Invitational.