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Ramblin' Reck

November 8, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: ISU’s ranking solid heading into basketball season

TERRE HAUTE — The college football season still has a few weeks to run for most teams, but the basketball season starts for real for a lot of teams this week; a few still have some exhibition contests left on the schedule.

Wire services, coaches and publications have offered preseason outlooks and predictions. ESPN The Magazine is one and has ranked all 344 NCAA Division I men’s teams in the country.

Indiana State is No. 80 on the list, which is a good ranking.

North Carolina tops the list with Tyler Zeller and other top players back for another season, turning down chances to go pro — a good move considering the NBA lockout.

Rounding out the Top Ten in order are Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut, Syracuse, Duke, Vanderbilt, Florida, Memphis and Louisville.

Other Big Ten teams and their number are Wisconsin 13, Michigan 22, Michigan State 25, Purdue 26, Illlinois 34, Indiana 45, Northwestern 49, Iowa 58 and Nebraska 59.

Missouri Valley Conference teams look like this: Wichita State 40, Creighton 69, ISU 80, Northern Iowa 91, Missouri State 113, Drake 139, Evansville 154, Southern Illlinois 169, Bradley 175 and Illinois State 188.

Other Indiana teams: Notre Dame 29, Butler 47, IUPUI 145 and Valparaiso 163.

Butler had a couple of exhibition games, losing to Northern State 53-50 and beating Franklin 91-53. Evansville’s men beat DePauw 81-52 and the women bested Oakland City 78-41.

Illinois defeated Wayne State 79-51. Meyers Leonard of Robinson led the Illini with 18 points. The Illini had another exhibition on Monday against Quincy College.

ISU faces Eastern Illinois in its official opener this week. EIU had a 78-48 victory over Olivet Nazarene on Sunday in exhibition action. Former Northview standout Austin Akers played 18 minutes and scored eight points in his debut with EIU. He played two years at Olney Central.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — Christina Haag of Sullivan rated a top postseason honor in soccer, being named first-team all-state.

Haag finished with 131 career goals — third on the state’s all-time list — and 51 assists.

• Bob Spoo is retiring as football coach at Eastern Illinois after 25 seasons and the Panthers met Tennessee State in the final home game of his career, losing 18-17.

• In last week’s USA Today rankings, Warren Central remained 13th and first in the Midwest Region with Carmel fourth in the Midwest. Those numbers will be changed this week, with Carmel beating the Warriors in Class 5A sectional action.

Bud Wright of Sheridan, meanwhile, added to his totals as winningest coach in Indiana history as his team beat South Adams 41-40 in overtime in a Class A game.

• Some of the names on the Baseball Hall of Fame list to be considered by the Veterans Committee are Indiana natives Gil Hodges and Charlie Finley plus Ron Santo, Ken Boyer and Minnie Minoso.

Matty Alou died last week at the age of 72. He played for several teams and won a batting title in 1966.

• Marian University defeated St. Xavier 17-9 in a battle of NAIA powers in Indy. Marian is in its fifth year of football. Former Rose-Hulman coach Ted Karras Jr. started the program and still is the coach.

 

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at tm_reck@yahoo.com or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.

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