Friday, November 21, 2008

IU Bball 2-0, look out world!

Well, others have given better run-downs, but the Hoosiers are at least 2-0 after a verynarrow home victory over IUPUI. There's both reasons for optimism (Daniel Moore's playing better than expected, Tom Pritchard got his second double-double in two games) and reasons for worry (turnovers, rebounding, uhmm shooting, depth, general inconsistency) if you're looking for them. However it falls out, IU's in for a tough three games in Maui. Outside of host Chaminade, IU looks like the weakest team in the group... by a lot. Maybe we could upset St. Joe's 1 or 2 times if we played ten games with them... maybe. At least the team will be in Maui. Go Hoosiers!

IU Soccer got a bye and an overall good draw in the NCAA field. They'll play the winner of Drake or St. Louis at home, and then possibly get a re-match with Michigan before having to face a higher seed: St. John's- if both teams get that far. But really, that's quite an achievable path to the final four, as long as the Hoosiers can just start generating multiple goals. It's now or never.

Michigan beat UCLA last night. I am, well, I'm shocked. I know it's early, and looking over the box score it looks like UCLA senior star Josh Shipp had a terrible night (2-9 shooting, 6 TO's), but it's hard been to beat UCLA. Michigan State couldn't get over the hump to do it last November, and UCLA was without Darren Collison for that game. But, whether this means that UCLA is not a Final Four team or whether it means that Michigan is a NCAA team now, I don't know. It's way too early. But go Big Ten!


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