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.

Friday, November 10

Looking For Basketball Answers

Admit it. You're busting at the seams to see what this Indiana basketball team can do against some real competition. Is Kelvin Sampson the answer to championship prayers? Will D.J. White play like an All-American? Can A.J. Ratliff tap into his inner beast and start playing to his potential?

So many questions, so few answers. Tonight the Hoosiers host Indianapolis in an exhibition and that will offer a hint of what is to come. But we won't really get a taste of Sampson ball until IU opens against Lafayette on Monday for the Preseason NIT. It's a new format with four sites around the country. This site is at Conseco Fieldhouse and will also feature Notre Dame and Butler.

Everybody plays Monday night. The winners play Tuesday night. The losers play Tuesday night. Everybody is guaranteed two games. And if you win both games, you get to go to New York City and Madison Square Garden for a pair of games.

Bet the house that the Hoosiers make the trip to New York. How do we know? How else do you think we got this blog.


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