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Indiana University Athletics Update: Soccer, Basketball, and Football

December 3rd, 2012 at 6:22 PM
By Evan Reller

We take a break from individual coverage to bring you news from multiple sports. 

Soccer

In case you weren't following the twitter feed (@hoosiers101), which you really should do, then you might not know that IU has made it to the College Cup (Final Four in basketball terms). The Hoosiers, the 16th ranked team, opened up the tournament with a 4-1 beat down of Xavier.

The following week, they pulled of a monumental upset of No. 1 Notre Dame, defeating them 2-1 in double overtime. Next, they locked up what was dubbed "Beat UNC Week" by going to Chapel Hill and beating the defending champs, North Carolina, 1-0. 

Now, the Hoosiers will face No. 12 Creighton on Friday at 7:30 pm. 

In what may big the biggest injustice in the soccer world, sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta has been left off the voting list for the Herrman Trophy (soccer's Heisman). Zavaleta is the Hoosiers' leading goal scorer with 18. He also has three assists and 39 points for the season so far. 

Zavaleta is seventh in points per game with 1.77 and fifth in goals per game with .82. Were not saying he should win the award at all, but he should at least have made the list of finalists, especially considering that there are 15 players on the list (he's better than 10 of them). 

For tickets to the College Cup, click here.

We'll have more on the upcoming game for IU. 

Basketball

The Hoosiers (8-0) schedule has slowed down lately as college go through finals weeks. This Saturday they will host Central Connecticut State (3-3) in another game that should be an easy win for IU. This will be the last game that Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea will have to sit out due the the NCAA dumb ruling. Read more about the initial ruling here and the failed appeal here.

The following weekend, IU will face Butler in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Both players will give IU's frontcourt some much needed depth behind Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, and Will Sheehey. Jurkin is more of a project but he is still a seven-footer with solid rebounding and defensive skills. 

Perea is an exceptional athlete and it's unclear what he will bring to the table. He has spent much of his time at IU in a walking boot to prevent a stress fracture in his foot. Reports indicate his basketball skill set has improved dramatically and he could press for minutes off the bench for the rest of the season. 

IU remains at the top of the AP Top 25. There was some speculation that Duke might overtake them due to having a more impressive resume. The Blue Devils beat Kentucky when they were ranked No. 3 (and are now currently unranked) and more recently knocked off No. 2 Louisville and No. 4 Ohio State in back-to-back games. 

IU still managed 25 more first place votes than Duke to stay No. 1. 

Football

IU is very quietly putting together a very nice recruiting class. They have jumped up the 49th best class in the country and have done so by keeping a lot of the local Indiana talent in the state. 

Kevin Wilson and his staff have been all over the country recently making last ditch efforts to get more talent to Bloomington. Wilson has clearly put an emphasis on defense as all of IU's four-star recruits play on that side of the ball or will end up there. 

We'll have an in-depth look at the 2013 class later this week. 

Tags: Cody Zeller, College Cup, Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana, Indiana Hoosiers, Kevin Wilson, NCAA

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