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The Crimson Quarry 8 hours ago

Big Ten power rankings: Could Bowie State beat Rutgers?

Wait, Maryland is playing who again this week? Plus, the Swanigan Bowl tips off tomorrow, and could Iowa get a #1 overall seed? With Purdue hosting Michigan State tomorrow and Indiana hosting Iowa on Thursday, this should be the week where we get to see some separation among the leaders in conference play. Let's break it down! Tier 5: Rutgersota 14. RUTGER (6-17 overall, 0-11 B1G) Last week: Lost vs. Illinois, 110-101 (3OT). Lost at Nebraska, 87-63. 13. MINNESOTA (6-17, 0-11) Last week: Lost at Northwestern, 82-58. Oh, Rutger. I was actually rooting for the Scarlet Knights last...
The Crimson Quarry 18 hours ago

Indiana 10th in Big Ten, 56th nationally in 2016 S&P football projections

The Hoosiers are ranked ahead of 6 teams on the 2016 schedule. Bowl game? Just hours after the final football game of the 2015-16 cycle, we're already looking ahead to next season. Bill Connelly's 2016 pre-season S&P rankings are out, and Kevin Wilson's squad comes in at the Big Ten's 10th-best team heading into spring ball and 56th nationally. While that might not sound like much in the way of expectation for a Hoosiers team looking to replace Nate Sudfeld and Jordan Howard, it's effectively a projection that Indiana might make bowl trips in consecutive seasons since 1990 & 1991. Indiana's...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 7, 2016

Super Bowl 50: Former Hoosiers standout Cody Latimer will play for the Broncos tonight

Before tonight's game, learn how Latimer has contributed to the Broncos' offense and special teams. Indiana University has one representative in this year's Super Bowl - Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer. While the 2014 second-round draft pick still fights for playing time behind other receivers like Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in Denver, he's making contributions on the field that may not be as visible in his stat line, such as in blocking and on special teams. So with the Super Bowl tonight, we asked Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann, a writer for Denver Broncos SB Nation blog...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 7, 2016

A bad shooting night and two of the worst calls of the season may have doomed Indiana's Big Ten title chances in State #$%&*@! College

This weekend's game-changing moments takes an in-depth look at two blown calls that made a bad night worse for Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers. 1. The opening tip If the last "game-changing moments" column seemed a little gimmicky by only listing the timeout Tom Crean called in the first half, then let me apologize for the way the first item in this column will appear. The truth of the matter is that for a team that had not shot worse than 41% in a contest this season, a 36.2% effort is just a bad night. Throughout most of the game, the defense was plenty good to beat a team like Penn...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 6, 2016

Get to know this year's Penn State basketball team, with help from Black Shoe Diaries

Bill DiFilippo from the excellent Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries stopped by to give us the rundown on this year's team. 1) Currently, Penn State sits at 11-12, 2-8 in the B1G, and 148th on KenPom. Have Nittany Lions fans thrown the towel in on this season, or is there still reason to be optimistic as the team heads toward the second half of B1G play? Bill: Penn State has played a brutal Big Ten schedule thus far. Through 10 games, it has played seven teams in KenPom's top-50, and only three games have been at home (there was a semi-home game at Madison Square Garden, which was a...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 6, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Troy Williams

DISCLAIMER: This article is not meant to suggest that Indiana would be better off without Troy Williams. Troy is a very capable basketball player, but is also very capable of some dumb mistakes. Watching Troy Williams on the basketball court is like listening to a piece of symphonic music. There are plenty of ups, quite a few downs, and occasionally a note or two so wrong as to inspire insanity in the audience. And so it goes every time Troy drives to the basket with his head down: hoping for the best, and praying he doesn't turn the ball over. There is no doubt that when Troy is on, he is...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 5, 2016

Indiana Hoosiers at Penn State Nittany Lions: Game preview, channel, odds, and more!

OH GOD I'M STILL NUMB FROM THE END OF THAT PENN STATE GAME TWO YEARS AGO PLEASE ERASE IT FROM MY MEMORY Who? Indiana Hoosiers (19-4 (9-1), #20 KenPom) at Penn State Nittany Lions (11-12 (2-8), #148 KenPom) When? Saturday, Feb. 6, 8:00 PM, BTN Vegas? TBD Pomeroy? Indiana by 8, 78% chance of Indiana victory WHAT'S WRONG WITH BEING CONFIDENT? (AH-AH-HA) Indiana is 9-1 and tied for first in the Big Ten, after answering a ton of questions about their team on Tuesday night against Michigan. They broke out of the shooting slump that occurred during the Minnesota game by scoring 45 points in...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 3, 2016

Indiana's destruction of Michigan might signal a time to change expectations for the 2016 season

With Indiana's win on Tuesday night, it's time to embrace the fact that the Hoosiers are good. Really, really good. It's ok. It's fine. It's time to say it, to accept it now: Indiana is a really good team. It's not something fans have been comfortable with embracing, maybe because Indiana hasn't been a really good team in quite some time. But Tuesday night showed everything we've been looking for an IU team to do since Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller left the program. Indiana entered Tuesday night's game with all sorts of question marks hanging over them. Their best true road win at that...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Rutgers WR commit Taysir Mack flips at last second, signs with Indiana

OH BUDDY WE'VE GOT SOME RUTGERS DISRESPECT Indiana had been intent on flipping Brooklyn WR Taysir Mack for some time. Just minutes before he was set to sign his letter of intent at 2pm, it looks like Kevin Wilson and company have finally succeeded. Late #NSD2016 news: WR Taysir Mack flipped from #RFootball to Indiana. WR Ahmed Bah recommits to #RFootball. They are HS teammates. — Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) February 3, 2016 Mack also had offers from Penn State and Boston College. The 6'3" mack has a slight frame at just 175 pounds, but given Indiana's current wealth of receiver...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 3, 2016

Trailing big early at Michigan, Tom Crean's timeout changed the game for Indiana

The Hoosiers improved to 9-1 on Tuesday night in Ann Arbor thanks to one decision by Tom Crean and one incredible run. The morning after each Indiana basketball games, we review each matchup's game-changing moments. Slightly delayed for National Signing Day activities, today's edition is simple and concise. 1. The timeout That's it. The only game-changing moment from last night. Michigan went on a 15-2 run after Indiana got on the board first, and led 15-4 after a defensive breakdown by Yogi Ferrell. Tom Crean, whose habit of not calling timeouts when they are needed most is low-hanging...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Here's all 20 Indiana football signees on an interactive map

Let our interactive Indiana NSD 2016 map bring you up to speed on where Indiana's finding the #BOOMs to fill out this class. Not totally up to speed on Indiana's 2016 recruiting class? Let our interactive recruiting map get you up to speed. Kevin Wilson and Indiana have now recieved 20 National Letters of Intent today -- 16 previously committed recruits, 2 new additions, and 2 early-entry JUCOs that were already on Indiana's campus. Folllow today's developments all day long at IUFB NSD Central right here on CQ. Click on each marker for information and the 247Sports profile of each Indiana...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: 3-star Georgia DB Marcelino Ball picks Indiana over West Virginia

Reggie & Marcus Ball's brother becomes Indiana's 20th member of the class. Here's one from from the not-expected category: Georgia DB Marcelino Ball has signed with Indiana over West Virginia and a slew of other schools. NLI RECEIVED! #iufb welcomes DB Marcelino Ball from Roswell, Ga. #GoIU #NSD16 #NationalSigningDay https://t.co/ghENoNrxal — Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) February 3, 2016 Ball's graded as a 3-star recruit with an 82 overall rating by 247Sports. If you recognize that last name, it's because he's had a number of brothers come through the college ranks. His eldest...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 3, 2016

#IUFB National Signing Day 2016 Central

Indiana football is already receiving National Letters of Intent on this Signing Day morning. We've got them for you here. Be sure to check back with CQ throughout the day for more updates. As of 7:55 a.m., Indiana has reported that they have received a National Letter of Intent for all of the following: Richard Lagow, QB (early enrollee) #iufb welcomes early enrollee QB Richard Lagow from Plano, Texas. #GoIU #NSD16 https://t.co/9PlrLRAP5q — Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) February 3, 2016 Jayme Thompson, DB (early enrollee) #iufb welcomes early enrollee DB Jayme Thompson from...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 2, 2016

Indiana 80, Michigan 67: Hoosiers boatrace Wolverines in Max Bielfeldt's return to Ann Arbor

Shut up. The debate is over. Indiana's for real. Indiana scores 28 unanswered in a sport that is not football and blows a Michigan team that was just one game out of the conference title race off the floor. What did we learn? 1. Indiana's good. It's over. This is it. It's done. Indiana is good, and the discussion is over. This doesn't mean Indiana's going to win the title. It doesn't mean Indiana's going to go deep into March. But this win, this performance, might be the most validating win since Indiana's road win over NC State in the Big Ten-ACC challenge a few years back that really set...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 2, 2016

Indiana basketball at Michigan: Getting to know the Wolverines with Maize N' Brew

Maize N' Brew editor Drew Hallett stops by to chat about Caris Levert's injury, Duncan Robinson's emergence, and Michigan's defense -- or, well, possible lackthereof. MnB's Drew Hallett stopped by earlier today to chat about tonight's Indiana-Michigan matchup. I answered some questions for him over at their site, too. Follow Drew on twitter dot com right here. 1. Okay, Caris Levert is day-to-day. Your prediction: Do we see him tonight? If we do, how effective should Indiana fans expect him to be? On Monday, John Beilein informed the media that Caris LeVert made great progress in Sunday's...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 2, 2016

3-star Mississippi defensive tackle Jerome Johnson commits to Indiana

It's a big BOOM for Indiana -- as the Hoosiers go in and take a 3-star defensive tackle out of Mississippi from home state schools There's been no boom yet from Kevin Wilson, but this tweet seems as clear as day. On the heels of visiting Bloomington, 3-star Mississippi lineman Jerome Johnson has committed to Indiana. #Committed University of Indiana — Rome (@jeromejohnsonsr) February 2, 2016 Johnson had offers and interest from Ole Miss and was projected by the 247Sports Crystal Ball to head to Mississippi State, but it's unclear if that had interest had softened in recent weeks.The...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 2, 2016

LUNCHTIME LINKS: Tennis Takes 3 of 4, Yogi Up For Cousy Award

Men's Tennis #53 Indiana swept their matches against VCU and Marquette this weekend, improving them to 2-2 on the year. Women's Tennis The IU women split their matches against Cincinnati and Xavier, falling 4-3 to the Musketeers before rebounding to defeat the Bearcats by the same 4-3 margin. Track and Field Many Indiana athletes put up a strong showing at the Indiana Relays this weekend, including setting some new school records and personal bests. Wrestling Luke Blanton has been doing great things for the Hoosiers this season, but needed to reclaim his focus after earning a national...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 2, 2016

Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Wolverines: Game preview, tv time, odds, stats, and more!

With the cupcake part of the Big Ten schedule officially behind the Hoosiers, Tuesday marks the first of a series of challenges for Indiana. GAME INFO / HOW TO WATCH: Who? Indiana Hoosiers (18-4 (8-1), #26 KenPom) at Michigan Wolverines (17-5 (7-2), #32 KenPom) When? Tuesday, Feb. 2, 9:00 PM, ESPN Vegas? Michigan -3 Pomeroy? Michigan by 3, 40% chance of Indiana victory _______________________________________ TIME TO PUT THE BIG BOY PANTS ON The Indiana Hoosiers have had, for all intents and purposes, a relatively cupcake Big Ten schedule so far this year. Of their nine games so far,...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 1, 2016

Indiana football recruiting: With signing day two days away, where do the Hoosiers stand with the Class of 2016?

Have you not been following the college decisions of football-playing teens closely? Don't worry. We're here to catch you up on Jonah Morris, Coy Cronk, Kiante Enis, & more. College football recruiting is weird. Recruits commit, de-commit, make videos, tweet emojis, whatever. Coaches sleep at players homes and send bad photoshops and make promises they'll maybe kinda fulfill. Grown men tweet at teenagers in hopes of influencing their college decision in favor of their school in a rather-pathetic attempt to derive some future self-worth out of the athletic performance of said teens. It's...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 1, 2016

Minnesota at Indiana game-changing moments; Thomas Bryant to the rescue

Better a day late than never. What moments changed the game in Indiana's 74-68 win against the lowly Golden Gophers? 1. Thomas Bryant going good Troy Williams You know what good Troy Williams is. He grabs a rebound or gets an outlet, goes coast-to-coast, blowing by a defender or two, and makes a rare, smooth finish at the hoop. Coming out of the under-12 timeout in the first half on Saturday, the sluggish Hoosiers were in need of a spark, and Thomas Bryant provided just that. With Indiana trailing 15-14, Bryant grabbed a rebound after an O.G. Anunoby block and proceeded to take the ball the...