Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

March 22, 2013

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: James Madison preps for challenge of IU

No. 16 Dukes have nothing to lose in matchup with top-seeded Indiana

DAYTON, Ohio — James Madison coach Matt Brady sat in the locker room at halftime of his team’s game Wednesday night and pleaded with them to play their best basketball.

The Dukes led LIU Brooklyn 32-31, with the winner advancing to today’s NCAA Tournament second-round game with No. 1 seed Indiana.

“I wanted them to get the opportunity to play (the Hoosiers),” Brady said Thursday, as his team prepared for today’s game with IU after defeating the Blackbirds 68-55 in the tournament’s first round.

“I think you can see now, they’re joyous about it,” Brady said. “They’re not overwhelmed by it, but they’re excited about it.”

Even if history is not on their side. No No. 1 seed has ever lost to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The season likely ends today for the Dukes (21-14). But they won’t go easily.

“The pressure ain’t on us,” JMU’s senior forward Rayshawn Goins said. “They’re the No. 1 team in the country, we’re just going to go out and play our best basketball.”

Well, the Hoosiers (27-6) aren’t the No. 1 team, of course — IU is ranked No. 4 in both polls and Louisville is the tournament’s overall top seed — but expectations have been high for the team since last season ended.

IU’s players welcome it.

“We expect nothing but the best, and we’re going to go into this tournament and try to win it,” Victor Oladipo said Thursday.

Oladipo drew some laughs when he was asked if any of IU’s players knew who James Madison was.

“He signed something important. He’s a major historical figure,” Oladipo said.

For the record, James Madison was the fourth president of the United States. And Oladipo claimed he won the “history quiz” when the questioner admitted he didn’t know what an Indiana Hoosier was.

The Hoosiers know what they’ll be facing today.

“We watched a little bit of their game yesterday, they do a lot of things well,” Oladipo said. “The great thing about the Big Ten is it prepares you for anything, and it prepares you to not take anyone lightly.”

The Dukes used a five-guard lineup at times against LIU Brooklyn, but Brady said that won’t happen today.

“If we do, that’s not a good sign for my team,” he said.

The Dukes know containing Cody Zeller will be important. Goins is ready for the challenge.

“I’m going to try to do my work early, to limit those touches,” Goins said. “If he don’t have the ball, then he can’t score.”

Of course, Zeller’s not IU’s only weapon, so Brady knows his team will have to “pick its poison.”

“We’ll have a game plan … try to figure out who we want for them to shoot the ball to beat us,” Brady said.

“There’s nothing we can do to them that they have not seen and (Indiana coach) Tom (Crean) has not prepared his team for,” Brady said. “This really comes down to the fact that we’ve got to play with confidence and we’ve got to play smart, and we’ve got to take away a few things.”

Bottom line, Brady acknowledged: the Dukes will have to play great and hope the Hoosiers don’t play great.

“We wouldn’t want to play an Indiana team that’s going to come out and think they can run all over us,” JMU freshman Andre Nation said. “We want them at their best. Like I said yesterday, in order to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT GN0725 McDaniel ND FOOTBALL: Trio of RBs return to Irish backfield Each week leading up to the start of the Notre Dame football season, beat writer Robby Howard will showcase a key Irish player to watch, previewing 10 players in total. Three players will be featured the week leading up to the season-opener against Rice on Aug. 30. This week looks at the running back position.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140724 3 on 3 08 4-H Fair: 3-on-3 tourney brings out former standouts, good competition GOSHEN — “July Madness” or as it is also known the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is well under way.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • GN140724 fair horseshoe 01 4-H Fair: Dad, son bond through horseshoes GOSHEN – For the past 11 years, Greg Jones has qualified to pitch in the horseshoe competition at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, and his first call has always been to his dad to tell him when to come watch him pitch.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NASCAR: Tony Stewart riding high from sprint car victory CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bears Preview Football [GOSHEN NEWS] NFL: Bears set sights on playoffs after busy offseason CHICAGO — It was far from a quiet offseason for the Chicago Bears, and now they really hope to make some noise.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indianapolis Colts Preview Colts looking to take next step in 2014 INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has taken Indianapolis to the playoffs twice, won a division title and orchestrated the second-greatest postseason comeback in league history.That’s no longer good enough anymore for the Colts. They’re after a championship.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16 BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France — The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway. Riding in his 10th Tour, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia won his first Tour stage behind savvy racing, well-paced riding and the absence of his Tinkoff-Saxo Bank leader Alberto Contador. The Spaniard crashed out in Stage 10, inadvertently freeing up Rogers to go after the stage win.

    July 22, 2014

  • New ACCNew ACC settles into era of stability settles into era of stability GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) â?? Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference. It's where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too â?? sort of â?? and nobody else is leaving. Where a one-time punchline of a conference now boasts the Heisman Trophy winner, the reigning national champion and a handful of other individual award winners. And where stability finally has arrived â?? with its status as a power conference secure entering the College Football Playoff era â?? leaving its members optimistic about its future.|GREENSBORO, N.C. - Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference. It's where a founding member is out, a fast-rising program is in, Notre Dame is there, too â sort of â and nobody else is leaving. Where a one-time punchline of a conference now boasts

    July 22, 2014

  • Harness Racing - Don Eash Eash, Cross local harness winners at 4-H fair GOSHEN — Carl Putnam Jr. came away as the big winner in harness racing action on Tuesday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, taking the top spot in the featured race of the day — the Maple City Trot.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results