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.

Wednesday, February 14

Delay Puts IU In A Bind

While we wait for IU and Purdue to get it on, it's time to consider what the short-term implications will be.

For the Boilers, it's minimal. They don't play again until traveling to Iowa next Wednesday.

For the Hoosiers, however, it causes a problem. They are set to play at Michigan on Saturday afternoon, so the weather delay cuts a day off their preparation. They get Friday to prepare. That also will be a travel day.

Michigan, meanwhile, got its Tuesday game at Michigan State in (it lost 59-44). The Wolverines will have more than enough preparation time, plus they're at home.

Yes, this puts IU in a bind, but then, life is full of unexpected glitches. The Hoosiers are fully capable of winning this game. The Wolverines are known for not playing to their experience and potential, although they certainly are more formidable at home. No matter. This is a game IU can win.

First, of course, it has the Boilers to deal with. The Black & Gold will be ready, and Target No. 1 will be Hoosier guard Earl Calloway (pictured). Yes, he'll hear it from fans, but then, there's the old cliche that they don't boo nobodies.

So he should take it as a compliment.


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