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, December 8

Finals And IU-UK Rivalry

You might be focused on Saturday’s Indiana-Kentucky basketball rivalry, but the Hoosiers have another priority -– finals.

While next week is officially IU’s finals week, some professors held theirs on Thursday and Friday, and yes, that affected several Hoosier players.

That’s why several players met with their tutors shortly after Wednesday night’s victory over Western Illinois.

“We live in a basketball world,” coach Kelvin Sampson said, “but these kids still have school.”

If they don’t do well in school, they won’t be eligible to play, which is why you might see a few distracted Hoosiers on Saturday.

“(Freshman guard) Armon Bassett passing that final,” Sampson said, “is a lot more important than attacking a matchup zone.”

In an ideal Cream ‘n Crimson world, IU players ace their finals and then whip the Wildcats. We’ll have to see how close to ideal they get.



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