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.

Thursday, February 15

Hard-Working Sampson Can't Prevent Loss

Kelvin Sampson might not be the hardest working sideline coach in the Big Ten, but he takes a back seat to nobody.

You should have seen his leaping pirouette during the closing minutes against Purdue. We'll give him a 10 for effort, an 8 for elevation.

Sampson couldn't believe guard Joey Shaw was called for a charge and shouted at the officials in general, Sid Rodeheffer in particular. It didn't matter. The call stood.

And have you noticed that Sampson doesn't fool around when he feels the need to call a timeout, such as when Purdue guard David Teague began burying three-pointers.

In the end, it wasn't enough. Teague scored a career-high 32 and Purdue won 81-68 to avenge last month's loss in Assembly Hall.

Now IU gets to do it again Saturday at Michigan. Maybe this time it will get it right.


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