Former Hoosier basketball great Scott May is hoping a college coach will make a commitment to his son -- Bloomington High School North star Sean May -- similar to the one his mother received from Bob Knight on a recruiting visit nearly 30 years ago.
The front row for the 14th women's Little 500 has 14 riders who are capable of competing. But only 12 are eligible to get on the bike on race day. When the Roadrunners and Delta Zeta took the top two spots in qualifications March 24, they had five riders on the team's rosters. Come race day, one person from each team must be cut to meet the required maximum of four. With three veteran riders, Phi Mu isn't faced with that problem and will be starting from the third spot on the outside of Row 1.
Jarrad Odle started his speech like most seniors do on Senior Day at Assembly Hall Saturday, after the Hoosiers clinched a share of the Big Ten regular season title by beating Northwestern 79-67. He had the microphone and thanked his family, teammates, coaches and fans. But Odle kept going, thanking what seemed like everybody he knows, including his academic advisors and his hair stylist. In an emotional speech after Odle's, Dane Fife, the Hoosiers' only other senior, let the home crowd know that all the Big Ten fans who have told him his brother Dugan was better than Fife were wrong.
The IU women's golf team spent spring break in Florida, competing every day in the hospitable southern weather. They returned to Bloomington only to find frigid temperatures, a steady flow of rain and not much practice time. The opportunity to play at the Lady Seahawk Invitational in Wallace, N.C. today and tomorrow has the team excited to take the course.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Preston Shumpert scored six of his 36 points in overtime to lead Syracuse past Butler 66-65 Monday night in the second round of the NIT. Syracuse (22-11) held Butler without a field goal in the extra period and advanced to play Richmond on Wednesday night. Richmond beat Minnesota 67-66. Syracuse and Butler were tied at 58 after regulation.
The Hoosiers have a busy weekend in hopes of continuing their winning ways. The University of Detroit Mercy comes to town for a doubleheader starting 1 p.m. Saturday at Sembower Field. The three-game series ends Sunday with a game at noon. IU is on a tear at this point of the season, winning nine straight games dating back to its win against DePauw March 7.
The consensus is in. And the men's basketball team is sick and tired of practicing. The Hoosiers know their own offense and their own defense, and it's making practice a bit hum-drum. IU, ranked No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN poll, will finally get the chance to see shirts of a different color at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall when it meets Athletes in Action.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Through the first half Sunday at the Breslin Center, it looked as if the Hoosiers had found a way to get past Tom Izzo and Michigan State's trademark defense. Similar to how IU cut through the Spartans at Assembly Hall Jan. 8, the Hoosiers built a large first-half lead behind good shooting. But by the time the second half came, Michigan State figured out the IU offense, and with Marcus Taylor leading the way, the Spartans slipped past the No. 23 Hoosiers 57-54. In the first meeting between the two teams this season, IU hit 14 of 26 three pointers. Junior point guard Tom Coverdale hit 6 of 8 from three-point range in the first half alone, and the Hoosiers coasted to an 83-65 victory.
Phi Gamma Delta survived cold temperatures and the exchange problems that plagued many teams to earn the pole position for the 51st Men's Little 500. Fiji earned the pole by recording a time of 2:30.00 Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Delta Chi and Sigma Phi Epsilon qualified second and third with times three seconds behind that of Fiji.
Heading into the Indiana Invitational this weekend, the IU softball team looks to hone its skills before getting too far into the spring season schedule and into Big Ten play. The Hoosiers gained vital game experience over spring break as they played 12 games in 11 days and moved their record to 6-10-1. IU's three games scheduled for this past Wednesday and Thursday were postponed because of inclement weather.
ATLANTA -- Junior Jeff Newton's right shoulder and bicep is emblazoned with artwork that is surrounded by the phrase "Refuse Limitations." Newton lived up to the tattoo Saturday night, scoring a career-high 19 points to lead the Hoosiers past Oklahoma in the national semifinals.
Even Dane Fife would have booed Luke Recker. And he didn't feel sorry for his former teammate. Fife didn't have to boo. He played defense, and just about every one of the 17,456 fans in Assembly Hall Tuesday night took care of the jeering for him -- loudly, critically and without mercy. Recker's misses were cheered -- during warm-ups. Every time the he touched the ball, fans booed. Every time he looked into the stands, he saw signs with the phrases "Traitor," "Luke Who?" and "Luke Sucks." Every time he looked toward the scoreboard, his Iowa Hawkeyes fell further and further behind the Hoosiers until IU finished a 79-51 winner. It was Recker's first game in Assembly Hall since helping IU beat Iowa Feb. 27, 1999. It was about as bad a homecoming as Recker could have ever dreamed.
The Big Ten Tournament has never gone true to form. No. 11 seed Illinois made a run to the championship game in 1999, the No. 1 seed has won only once in four seasons and last season sixth-seeded Iowa won four games in four days to earn the crown.
The Hoosiers look for some fun in the sun this weekend as the men's and women's track and field teams head to Arizona State University. Spring training is not the only thing happening in Arizona as the Sun Devils play host to the Baldy Castillo Invitational. This is the first outdoor meet of the season, and the warm weather will give IU the opportunity to do well.
The IU athletics department announced Wednesday that former University of Pacific coach Ray Looze Jr. will be the next men's swimming coach. Looze replaces Kris Kirchner at the helm of one of the Big Ten's most storied swimming programs.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The scene looked ominous for the Hoosiers and perfect for Iowa. Senior guard Dane Fife stood outside IU's team huddle, head slumped and eyes toward the parque floor in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday. The 6-foot-4 Hoosier guard had just picked up two fouls in 13 seconds and was relegated to the bench with 16:17 remaining in the first half. Last season, Fife picked up two early fouls, and his defensive assignment, Hawkeye guard Luke Recker, went nuts, scoring 27 points and erasing a 17-point halftime deficit that carried Iowa to a 71-66 victory.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- War Emblem showed up at Bob Baffert's barn a mere three weeks ago. Even the trainer joked that he would need his best and shortest training job to win the Kentucky Derby. Baffert came through.