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The Crimson Quarry 1 hour ago

Hoosiers Get Commitment from Jeremiah April: Still Have Holes to Fill

As many of you have already heard, Indiana landed a commitment from a 7 foot prospect to start the weekend. Of course he chose the moment I went off the grid to make his announcement. But that's just me being grumpy for being 2 1/2 days behind the breaking news. Indiana and Tom Crean landed some of the post help they had been looking for in Arizona big man Jeremiah April. April is a a legitimate 7 foot prospect out of Westwind Prep in Arizona. He's coming into his freshman season as an unrated prospect but a lot of the reports on him are promising. Different from some of the recent big man...
The Crimson Quarry 14 hours ago

Hoosier Baseball Sweeps Spartans, Maintains First Place in Big Ten

Three games meant three victories for Indiana baseball this weekend, as the Hoosiers have now won 13 of their last 14 and are rolling through conference play. Coming into this weekend, Indiana sports teams had not been faring well against Michigan State this season. The eventual Big Ten football champs crushed the Hoosiers in October, during our first road game of the season. In basketball, Tom Crean lost twice to his mentor, Tom Izzo. After the Spartans blew IU out at Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers kept it close during the second game at Breslin Center; but as they did many times throughout...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 17, 2014

The Thursday Thinker

Worked so well last week, let's do it again! This week on the Thursday Thinker, I'm going to go fairly big picture, so I expect creative responses from everyone in the comments. The question this week is: If you were made Athletic Director for a day, what one change would you make to improve Indiana Athletics, and why? I made this question as open-ended as I possibly could. I want you all to have a lot of fun with this. Want to put a roof on Memorial Stadium? You got it! Build a new Assembly Hall? Sure! Move all athletic facilities to the middle of campus and tear down what's currently...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 16, 2014

Early Peek: College World Series

The Hardball Hoosiers are humming along through the B1G season and look poised to return to college baseball's Big Dance. How do you get a ticket to that thing, anyway? After a rather uninspiring start, the Hoosiers have strung together a nice winning streak and sit atop the B1G standings with an 8-1 conference record (21-11 overall). Better yet, the Hoosiers clock in at 9 in the College Baseball RPI rankings. While the RPI is often (and in this author's opinion: rightfully) lambasted for its prevalence in college basketball, it's very good for a team to possess a good RPI ranking come...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 15, 2014

Indiana's Spring Football Game 2014

I'm finally getting around to seeing the Indiana spring game from this past Saturday. If you missed it over the weekend you can find it still on the Big Ten Network playing sporadically or you can go to BTN.com and they have it uploaded there. You'll notice that the regular Jeremy Gray is on the call. However, Griffen Dahlstrom, recent graduate and linebacker at Indiana is also in the booth with Jeremy. I'm not sure if this is going to be a regular thing, but it wouldn't be too bad to have a player from the Wilson era spending time in the booth for the broadcast. Any insight into Coach...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 14, 2014

Breakfast Club: Wheel of Fortune Edition

For last weekend's IU athletics rundown, join Pat and Vanna as we solve some puzzles about the Hoosiers! Last week, a Wheel of Fortune college episode featured a student who had a bit of trouble solving the puzzles on the show, leading to a lot of Pat Sajak awkward silences. Naturally, the video of this episode has gone viral in the past few days. Now that you've watched it, take another look at the contestant's sweatshirt: Oh no. Let's give Julian credit though - as you see at the end, despite the mishaps shown, he ended up winning the game, and walked away with over $11,000. In addition,...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 10, 2014

Thursday Thinker

Stand back, I'm about to try a new thing! It's the offseason for our major sports (except for baseball) and most of IU's big news has already been ably covered this week. That means I get to do crazy things with my weekly article. Last week, I asked what got you all to come visit the Quarry, and that got a good response, so I figured I might try asking the community one big question once a week and see what kind of discussion we can generate. It may not be an every week article, but I'll put them up for as long as people respond to them. With the Cream and Crimson Spring Game coming up on...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 10, 2014

Indiana Baseball Gunning for Third Sweep in a Row

After a very rough start to a baseball season, where the Hoosiers started out ranked #2 in the country before completely falling out of the polls, they seem to have put it all together. Now with their win streak up to 7 straight, including three game sweeps of two conference foes, the Hoosiers host Morehead State this weekend. As many of you are aware, the Hoosiers started the season a very ugly 2-5. Since then though the Hoosiers have gone 17-5. Even more importantly, they've won ten of their last twelve. Indiana hopes to continue riding that hot streak through the weekend as they follow...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 8, 2014

Indiana Football: An Offseason Primer

With spring practice taking place now and the Spring Game on Saturday, let's recap some of the offseason storylines surrounding IU football. Indiana University's Cream and Crimson Spring Game is on Saturday. If you're interested, the action kicks off from Memorial Stadium at 3:00pm. The Spring Game should be a fun scrimmage that will get Hoosiers fans excited for the team and for the upcoming season. I won't be in town for the game; however, this gives me an opportunity to rehash some of the major storylines for IU football going into the 2014 campaign. Is Kevin Wilson on the hot seat? I...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 8, 2014
Indiana Loses a Legend: Royce Waltman Passes

Indiana Loses a Legend: Royce Waltman Passes

Indiana lost a legend last night. Royce Waltman lost his bout with cancer last night and has passed away at the age of 72. Waltman, most recently had been doing color commentary for Indiana basketball from 2010 to halfway through this most recent season. The Maryland native played his college career in Pennsylvania but was a long time assistant for Bobby Knight in the early 80s. From 1982-1987, Waltman played in integral role in helping the program battle through hard times and re-finding their place at the top of college basketball. In 1988 he moved on to a head coaching position at DePauw...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 7, 2014
Breakfast Club: Sympathy for the Devil?

Breakfast Club: Sympathy for the Devil?

Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and probations. The NCAA Tournament title game is set and tips off at 9:10pm tonight. As you probably know, seventh-seeded UConn plays eighth-seeded Kentucky in the game, proving yet again that a team needs only to get hot at the right time (and have a clutch three-point shooter like Aaron Harrison) to win a single-elimination tournament. Now of course I'll be rooting for Shabazz Napier and the Huskies tonight, but in the interest of fairness I also wanted to link to this piece about Calipari, because it helps a bit in...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 4, 2014

Indiana Basketball Odds and Ends: Recruiting and Going Pro

Last night Tom Crean and Noah Vonleh made it official official. The two sat together in a press conference to announce that Vonleh will indeed being forgoing his final three years of eligibility to test the draft waters. If he goes where many experts expect him to go, he will be Indiana and Tom Crean's 2 post player lottery pick and third overall lottery draft pick in three years. Not too shabby if you ask me. As for trying to replace Vonleh, that's going to be a more difficult task. There are a lot of programs out there that are trying to fill post needs and despite all the rain we've been...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 2, 2014

A Question for the Community

We are small, but mighty. Let's see if we can get bigger and stay strong. This is going to be somewhat self-serving, since the purpose of this article is to make my (and AJ's, and Kyle's, and Ben's, and the rest of our writers') job easier, but it's certainly something that could help bring more people here, and get those who are here a lot closer than they might be otherwise. Quite simply, I want to know: Why do you come to the Crimson Quarry? Whatever your reason may be, we'd like to know. We want to reach as wide a group of people as we can, and produce the best content we can for you...
The Crimson Quarry Apr 2, 2014

The NCAA Tournament and Experience: Is Older Better?

Watching the NCAA Tournament and looking specific teams to win to fit my agenda got me to thinking about experience and the NCAA Tournament. As most of you know I've been pretty adamant that Indiana's youth this year was a big portion of their struggles all season long. We all know that wasn't the only problem and it might not even have been the biggest problem, but it was directly or indirectly a part of the problem. I think we can all agree on that. Well instead of making gross assumptions and using age as a complete excuse to write off Indiana's last season, I went in and took a look at...
The Crimson Quarry Mar 31, 2014
Breakfast Club: On Wisconsin?

Breakfast Club: On Wisconsin?

Final Four talk, plus discussing if the B1G misfired by not taking UConn, the end of the women's hoops season, and more. The Final Four is set. Coming into the weekend, the Big Ten had a chance to send three teams to the Final Four. Now, only Wisconsin remains, after a thrilling overtime victory over Arizona that was marred by two questionable calls in the final seconds (I guess this time Wisconsin had the #karma on their side). Florida also won on Saturday, as Dayton's enjoyable tourney run came to an end. On Sunday, UConn won over Michigan State (see next bullet point for more...
The Crimson Quarry Mar 30, 2014

Your B1G Baseball Update (Basketball is Evil Edition)

The hardball Hoosiers are approaching the midway point of the regular season and please oh god let's just talk about something other than basketball. MLB's Opening Night is getting underway as I type this. This is not to be confused with Opening Day, which is tomorrow, or the Opening Series, which was over a week ago. In Australia. Also if your team is not playing on Opening Day that means you're playing on Opening Day 2, which is on Tuesday. Meanwhile, in the land of aluminum bats where kids are playing for a little bit less than $49,423 per at-bat, the Hoosiers stand at 16-10 (5-1 B1G)...
The Crimson Quarry Mar 29, 2014
Anthony Lee Will Transfer to Ohio State

Anthony Lee Will Transfer to Ohio State

The Temple transfer chooses the Buckeyes, and it's time to panic again in Bloomington. Welp, so much for that. Via ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Temple forward Anthony Lee will be attending THE Ohio State University next season. The 6-foot-9 big man is eligible to play immediately for the Buckeyes, where he is expected to fill the role that LaQuinton Ross had this past year. Lee had previously mentioned that IU was a "front-runner," and had previously narrowed his selections down to Ohio State, IU, Louisville, Iowa State, and Notre Dame. Lee has confirmed the news on his Twitter account. Lee...
The Crimson Quarry Mar 28, 2014

Indiana Women's Basketball Makes NIT Elite Eight

Last night the Hoosiers had a battle on their hands. The Hoosiers hosted conference rival Northwestern in Bloomington in the Sweet Sixteen and had to battle the entire game. It really seemed to be an emotional night in Bloomington as a packed house crowded in to watch what has been a pretty magical Lady Hoosiers team fight it out perhaps one last time. Indiana spent the entire night in a hole battling with the Wildcats who finished tied with the Hoosiers for 8th in the conference. On average the lead for the Wildcats was competing for double digits most of the night. But the Hoosiers kept...
The Crimson Quarry Mar 28, 2014
An East Coast Native’s Guide to your New Big Ten Rivals, Part 2: Maryland

An East Coast Native’s Guide to your New Big Ten Rivals, Part 2: Maryland

Transfer talk of IU hoops players has gotten all of us down, so let's talk about two schools that are transferring into the B1G next fall, from the perspective of a guy who's lived on the east coast most of his life. This article is about the University of Maryland. Part 1 about Rutgers can be found here. In the 2002 national title game, Juan Dixon led Maryland to a 64-52 victory over Indiana, giving the Terps their first-ever national title, and putting an end to the best season of the Mike Davis era. This was the last time both teams have made the Final Four. One of the most interesting...
The Crimson Quarry Mar 27, 2014

An East Coast Native’s Guide to your New Big Ten Rivals, Part 1: Rutgers

Transfer talk of IU hoops players has gotten all of us down, so let's talk about two schools that are transferring into the B1G next fall, from the perspective of a guy who's lived on the east coast most of his life. This article discusses Rutgers, and part 2 on Maryland will run tomorrow. As I've mentioned before here, I am not a native Hoosier. I consider myself an East Coast native since I've lived in four Northeastern places during various points of my life (New Jersey, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and DC). However, this pedigree does qualify me to talk about two of Indiana's future regular...

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