The NBA season is tipping off so the Coach and I kick off this podcast with a Pacers season preview. We look into Indiana’s prospects for this season and how the new additions can help the blue and gold. We also look back at the Colts thrilling win at Tennessee in overtime. We run through a few college football topics plus Coach’s Quick Hitters. Follow us on Twitter @thadvandeventer, @C_K_42, and @IndySportsCrew.
Archive for October 31, 2012
Monday Night Reaction
The Colts got a huge come from behind road win in overtime Sunday beating Tennessee 19-13. Check out my thoughts in this week’s video. Let me know what you think on Twitter @thadvandeventer and @IndySportsCrew.
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College Football Recap Week Nine
Once again this week it is Manti Te’o and the Notre Dame defense who we have to focus on. The Fighting Irish strolled into Norman, Oklahoma on Saturday to a roaring crowd and the pressure of the national championship chase. The ND defense used a bend but don’t break philosophy against the Sooners which resulted in another shut down effort. They held one of the highest scoring offenses in the country to just 13 points. Te’o set the tone in the first half with 11 tackles in the first thirty minutes. Plus, Te’o made the key turnover that sealed the game for Notre Dame as he slid in to make a diving interception after the ball bounced off Oklahoma WR Jalen Saunders’ shoulder pads. Some times great players just know how to be at the right place at the right time and Te’o knows just that. Also at this point he is probably running second in the Heisman race behind Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
The great football being played across the state of Indiana at all levels of college football. I know this is a broad topic but the way some of these teams are playing right now they need some recognition. We have already mentioned Notre Dame who is now at 8-0 and fully in the FBS national title mix. The Indiana State Sycamores (yes those Sycamores!) have won five straight games after beating South Dakota yesterday 45-14. The Trees are now 7-2 and in first place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Still in Division I but in the Pioneer League, the Butler Bulldogs have five straight wins and are 7-2 overall. The Bulldogs are 6-0 in the league and are well on their way to a title.
The University of Indianapolis has been hot as well. After losing their first two games of the season, the Greyhounds have won seven straight games all within the Great Lakes Valley Conference. UIndy is in their first season in the GLVC and have already clinched at least a share of the conference title coming off a 48-3 bludgeoning of William Jewell yesterday. Plus they are in the Region rankings now which will put them in the playoffs at the end of the season.
There are several teams in Division III that are streaking in the right direction. Lets start with the #11 Wabash Little Giants who have five straight wins and are tied for first in the NCAC. (On a side note, the 119th Monon Bell game Wabash vs. Depauw is just two weeks away.) Two teams in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference may be on a collision course for the championship. The #21 Franklin Grizzlies have six straight victories all in HCAC play and are tied at the top of the league. Hanover has been on a similar roll and are also 6-0 in the HCAC. These two teams will meet in the final week of the season for the Victory Bell and maybe the conference title.
Lastly, at the NAIA level there are two state schools that are without a doubt championship caliber teams. The Marian Knights are rated #1 in the country for the second straight year and our undefeated on the season. St. Francis is ranked #7 in the country and their only loss this season was a one touchdown game at Marian.
October 27, 2012 Indiana wins at Illinois for Coach Kevin Wilson’s first career Big Ten win. The Hoosiers had not won a conference game since they beat Purdue at the end of the 2010 season. IU has looked much better in the past few weeks but they finally get some quantifiable evidence of it by putting a mark in the win column. The thing that stuck out the most in this game is something that IU has lacked recently and that is the ability to make the key play when they needed to. With a lead late, they tacked on another touchdown when QB Nate Sudfeld connected with WR Shane Wynn for a 17 yard touchdown. Then the defense stepped up and got a stop to close out the game.
TCF Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota is not where the Purdue football team showed up this weekend. The Boilermakers took a beat down at the hands of the Golden Gophers yesterday 44-28. It wasn’t even that close as the Gophers lead 44-7 before they called off the dogs. Purdue has now lost four straight games all in the Big Ten. Out of those four games only the contest against Ohio State was competitive. Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota dominated the Boilers and a year that started with some big excitement and expectations has gone south. This does leave in question the future of Coach Danny Hope and the Purdue football program as a whole.
After a short time off, the Coach and I are back in the Man Room with tons of stuff to talk about. October is an exciting sports month with football, baseball, and basketball all at the forefront. This week we talk Colts, college football, college basketball, and even some World Series chatter. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @thadvandeventer, @C_K_42, and @IndySportsCrew. And subscribe to all Indy Sports Crew podcasts on iTunes.
IUPUI Red-White Scrimmage
Tuesday night was the annual Red-White Scrimmage for the IUPUI Basketball team which is the first opportunity fans get a chance to see this season’s Jaguars in action. The white squad came away with a 79-65 victory after jumping out to an early lead. There were several things that Coach Todd Howard could be pleased with from the scrimmage and I got a chance to catch up with him afterward.
Coach Howard pointed out that he feels a strength for his team is its depth and versatility. That was on display Tuesday night with several guys contributing. Point guard Greg Rice led the white team with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Purdue transfer John Hart had 16 points for the white team including four 3-pointers. Big man Mitchell Patton chipped in with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Ian Chiles was the top scorer for the red side with 17 points and forward Donovan Gibbs had a solid outing with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Monday Night Reaction
On this week’s weekly edition, we look back at the ugly game that was Colts vs. Browns. Indianapolis comes away with the victory 17-13 and get back to a .500 record. Listen to my points of the game and let me know what you think on Twitter @thadvandeventer and @IndySportsCrew.
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College Football Recap Week Eight
The Notre Dame offensive line showed their strength again yesterday. As is the case most of the time, the line does not get as much recognition as they probably should. We cannot overlook the play though of Braxston Cave, Mike Golic Jr., Chris Watt, Zach Martin, and Nick Martin. The Irish line has become one of the strengths of this team. The identity of this team has been a throwback of running the football and great defense. The offensive line proved its worth yesterday by opening holes that lead to 270 rushing yards and a Notre Dame win over BYU 17-14. That may not seem overly impressive on the surface, but when you look closer to see that the Cougars had a rushing defense rated in the top five nationally in rushing yards given up and rushing average this Irish line had a great day yesterday.
The Indiana State Sycamores won their fourth consecutive game yesterday beating Western Illinois 23-7. There are a few reasons why this win sticks out. The Trees have won three games during this streak on the road, they have taken down two of their biggest competitors in the conference race (North Dakota State and Southern Illinois), and most importantly all four victories came in conference games. ISU now sits atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings at 4-1. With three games remaining, Indiana State has the opportunity to come away with a conference championship and make it to the FCS playoffs. Both of these ideas would have been dreams a few years ago, but with coach Trent Miles at the helm this program has turned the corner. Keep your eye on the Sycamores and especially RB Shakir Bell as they push to reach their goals.
Purdue was leading at Ohio State and looking for their third consecutive win against the Buckeyes until just :03 remaining in the 4th quarter. That was when backup OSU quarterback Kenny Guiton threw a 2 yard touchdown pass to Chris Fields to cut the Boiler lead to 29-27. The Buckeyes then converted the two-point conversion on another Guiton connection this time to TE Jeff Heuerman which sent this game to overtime. Ohio State scored on their first possession of the extra session and followed that up by stopping Purdue on four straight pass attempts to escape with the victory. This is a tough loss for Purdue for a few reasons. It is their third straight loss which puts them at 0-3 in the conference. It is also their fourth loss already this season which means they will now have to win at least three of their final five games just to become bowl eligible.
I know that this post is designed to be a recap, but I can’t help myself here in looking ahead to next week’s match up of Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium in Norman, OK. The Fighting Irish and Sooners worked out a home-and-home series which in this age of scheduling was great news to see. This season ND has started 7-0 for the first time since 2002 and is very much in the national title hunt. Oklahoma is 5-1 and cannot afford another loss if they want to have any chance of sliding back into the championship picture. This game is also intriguing because it is the classic match up of offense versus defense. Oklahoma’s offense is fifth in the country averaging 44.7 points per game including 115 points combined in their last two games both wins. Notre Dame has hung their hat on defense so far this season and rank second nationally in giving up only 9.4 points per game. Prime time Saturday night will be a huge game on the national stage for both teams. Oklahoma trying to prove that they can win a big game and deserve to be one of the top programs in the country. Notre Dame is trying to ride this recent wave of success and continue on with what they believe has the chance to be a magical season.
Monday Night Reaction
The Colts got pounded by the New York Jets yesterday. The Jets flew back to their old form of running the football and playing aggressive defense. Indianapolis on the other hand had a very poor performance. I discuss it all here and you can keep the discussion going by tweeting me @thadvandeventer or @IndySportsCrew.