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Last updated: Thu. May. 09, 2013 - 06:44 am EDT

IU gets second chance against Syracuse

Adidas May Classic set to start Friday

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Indiana will get a second chance at Syracuse and its 2-3 zone.

Will the Hoosiers get it right this time?

Thanks to the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, we'll find out.

It won't come at a neutral site, as it did in March for the Sweet 16 in Washington, D.C., when Syracuse won 61-50. IU must face the Orange at the Carrier Dome on Dec. 3.

ESPN.com's early preseason poll has IU rated No.20. Syracuse is No. 8.

The Orange will be making the Challenge debut as they switch from the Big East to the ACC.

IU has a 1-4 record against Syracuse with four straight losses since its 1987 NCAA title game win over the Orange. It has a 5-7 Challenge record.

The Hoosiers' top returners from the Sweet 16 loss are point guard Yogi Ferrell and sixth man Will Sheehey. They will bring in the nation's No.6 recruiting class led by forward Noah Vonleh.

Syracuse returns forward C.J. Fair. Its No. 11 recruiting class is led by point guard Tyler Ennis and Ron Patterson, the former Indiana-signed player who spent last season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

The event will feature eight ranked teams with No. 9 Michigan at No. 5 Duke, No. 11 North Carolina at No. 3 Michigan State, Maryland at No. 6 Ohio State and Notre Dame at No. 25 Iowa.

The other games will feature Florida State at Minnesota, Penn State at Pittsburgh, Illinois at Georgia Tech, Miami at Nebraska, Wisconsin at Virginia, Boston College at Purdue and Northwestern at North Carolina State.

All 12 Big Ten teams will participate. Twelve of the 15 ACC teams will participate. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest won't play in this event.

The Big Ten and ACC went 6-6 last season. The ACC has a 10-3-1 Challenge record.

Abell has 3 finalists

Former IU guard Remy Abell is looking to join a NCAA tourney team in the aftermath of his decision to transfer. St. Louis, Xavier and St. Mary's of California are his final three choices. He also was contacted by Butler, Boise State, Georgia Tech, IUPUI, Texas El-Paso, Western Kentucky, Providence, Murray State and LaSalle.

Abell was a Hoosier reserve last season and averaged 12.5 minutes a game. He has two years of eligibility remaining. Because of NCAA rules, he will have to redshirt next season.

Another transfer, senior guard Maurice Creek, is still looking for a school. He has one season of eligibility remaining and he will be able to play right away because he graduated from IU this past weekend.

IU falls to Louisville

Indiana's No. 16 baseball team lost at No. 10 Louisville 4-3 Wednesday night. The Hoosiers (36-10) had a 3-1 lead before two seventh-inning errors led to two unearned runs for the Cardinals (32-5).

IU had beaten Louisville earlier in the season.

Adidas May Classic

Top Indiana targets Jalen Coleman and Hyron Edwards, plus highly regarded guard Chandler White of Carroll, are set to participate in this weekend's adidas May Classic in Bloomington. The three-day event, which will be held at numerous sites in and around Bloomington, begins Friday.

Adding a Gordon?

Could transferring guard Evan Gordon, the younger brother of former IU All-America Eric Gordon, end up a Hoosier?

According to Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com, Gordon, a graduated senior with one year of eligibility remaining, is a strong possibility to leave Arizona State for IU, which has one available scholarship.

Gordon started 25 of 35 games for Arizona State last season. He was the team's third-leading scorer at 10.1 points. He also averaged 2.9 rebounds and had 76 assists against 45 turnovers. He shot 39.1 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from three-point range.

Gordon also played two years at Liberty University, averaging 12.0 points and 14.4 points before transferring to Arizona State.

IU has not made any official announcement.

pdiprimio@news-sentinel.com


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