Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Sunday, November 19

Good Lines in IU Win

Listen to Kelvin Sampson talk and you can't help but be impressed with some of his one-liners. Even in the heat of battle, and believe me, the IU coach battles, doesn't lose his sense of humor.

For instance, in the aftermath of Indiana's 90-69 victory over Chicago State, Sampson was talking about the difference between guards Armon Bassett and Rod Wilmont.

Bassett, a rapidly improving freshman, totaled 10 points, nine assists and four rebounds in his first career start.

Wilmont, coming off the bench for the first time this season, had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Sampson was talking about the decision making ability of both players.

"When Armon has the ball in the middle of the floor," he said, "I get the feeling something good is going to happen."

That feeling disappears when Wilmont gets the ball.

"When Rod has the ball in the middle of the floor, I look for a bunker," Sampson said. "He's the only guard I've ever had who I think, give it to a guard."

That's a pretty good line. And you know what? Wilmont has become a pretty good guard, regardless of his middle-of-the-floor skills.


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