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Indiana Basketball – Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s knee injury presents challenge, not excuse

by Kent Sterling Hanner Mosquera-Perea injured his knee yesterday, and is expected to miss the next two to four weeks.  People believe this will present a hardship for Indiana’s basketball team, because Mosquera-Perea is the tallest and most athletic of the Hoosiers. During the first 90 seconds of the past two games, Mosquera-Perea committed two [...]

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“Talent isn’t enough!” is the lesson GMs and coaches need to learn from Josh and JR Smith

by Kent Sterling Talk to a coach of a losing team, and you hear about talent and measurables.  Coaches and GMs who win recruit to a culture first and talent/measurables second. That so many continue to covet the talented but flawed player is one of the strange paradoxes of professional and college sports because they [...]

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Top Ten biggest Indiana stories and people for 2015 – Tom Crean’s future, Paul George’s health, Andrew Luck’s pursuit greatness, and more

by Kent Sterling There is a lot going on in Indiana sports, but nothing quite as compelling as predicting the future of people on the brink of success and failure, and it’s those stories that will captivate us in 2015. 10 – What the hell happened to Brandon Miller to cause him to decide to [...]

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Indiana Basketball – Given loss to Michigan State, get used to excellence and inferiority in equal measure

by Kent Sterling How soon hopeful Indiana fans forgot the manic depressive stylings of last year’s up and down squad as they excitedly awaited last night’s game against Michigan State in East Lansing. Last season, tears filled Kirkwood Avenue after the Hoosiers opened the Big Ten season 0-2 with losses to Illinois and Michigan State. [...]

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Indiana loses to G-town in OT – finish non-conference at 10-3; future far from clear

by Kent Sterling Indiana Basketball continues to tantalize and taunt in equal measure. Talent and scheme show stretches that give fans reason for hope, then moments of borderline incompetence have fans on their feet screaming at the TV or court. Is Indiana a team on the come, or are they as mediocre as many thought [...]

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Big Ten Basketball falters while Indiana succeeds, so questions about Tom Crean’s future are quieted

by Kent Sterling Last night, Purdue and Nebraska lost to teams they were supposed to beat in Gardner-Webb and Hawaii.  Indiana beat a team it was supposed to by 20 points – the inept Privateers of New Orleans. Actually, I haven’t seen New Orleans play, so calling them inept is uninformed commentary.  Hard to blame [...]

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Indiana Basketball and Football – Hoosiers fans need to take a deep breath and see the big picture

by Kent Sterling There is a sect of people who simply don’t like Tom Crean, and others who don’t care much for Kevin Wilson.  Or, they are big fans of the rule that consequences should follow mediocre results. People want a level of scorched earth comeuppance for the leaders of Indiana’s two marquee programs that [...]

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Big 12 exclusion from College Football Playoff is University of Texas’ fault

by Kent Sterling What was former Big 12 Commissioner Don Beebe supposed to do, let the Big 12 unravel after Texas decided to shift to the Big Ten or Pac-12? Beebe played the only card available to him, which was to allow each member school to form its own network.  This wasn’t the best solution [...]

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Indiana Basketball – Tonight may be the first chapter of Tom Crean redemption story

by Kent Sterling 2014 has not been a good year for Indiana University head basketball coach Tom Crean – yet. Four players arrested/cited, two suspended because of multiple dirty drug tests, one player hospitalization because of an incident that fractured Devin Davis’s skull, a 17-15 record that result in a postseason tournament shutout, and most [...]

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Bigger conferences and non-conference blowouts means College Basketball scheduling must change

by Kent Sterling After watching Kentucky jump out to a 65-11 lead over Montana State and take a 55-12 halftime lead last night against Texas-Arlington, I thought about the poor mopes in Big Blue Nation who paid to attend the games at Rupp Arena.  The players for both sides wasted their time in those romps, [...]

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