Pacers vs. Hawks: Round 1 preview

Roy Hibbert's mental state bears watching in Indiana's playoff run. Photo by Jeff Clark, Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent In a rematch of last season’s first round, it’s the Pacers and Hawks. Top-seeded Indiana led the Eastern Conference for most of the season, while Atlanta has the only losing record among the 16-team playoff field. Before Saturday’s opener, let’s take a look inside the matchup: Keys to the Series: Pacers- […]

Pacers beat Thunder, eye home-court


Tyler Smith ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Have you heard enough about the No. 1 seed yet? Rarely has a playoff seed ever been talked about as much as this one has all season long. In a matter of one week, the Pacers seemingly conceded the Eastern Conference’s top seed for rest, got it back after […]

Kentucky recruit Trey Lyles leads Indiana All-Stars


From the IBCA:    Thirteen players, led by Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles of Indianapolis Tech, have been selected for the 2014 Indiana All-Stars.     A 6-foot-10 forward, Lyles collected 117 votes in the Mr. Basketball balloting to capture the top individual honor for the state’s boys basketball players. Trevon Bluiett of Park Tudor received 108 votes […]

Calinger: Hard to believe Ultimate Warrior is gone

J.W. Calinger

By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent With all the focus on character development, story arcs, and dramatic, competitive matches, pro wrestling fans still love the occasional virtual demigod or freak of nature who simply comes down to the ring and runs over or smashes people. It’s what made Andre the Giant such a star and, more […]

Calinger: WrestleMania XXX a disappointment

Orton celebrates his win over Alberto Del Rio at Smackdown in Indianapolis.

By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent With all the attention focused on the wrestlers who made WrestleMania the spectacle that it is, it’s easy for the WWE Universe to forget that at the end of the day, WrestleMania is Vince McMahon’s baby. A nationwide event, viewable only live or on closed-circuit TV, was an unbelievably huge […]

Pacers’ slide keeps getting worse


By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Despite all of the struggles of late, this week was a golden opportunity for the Pacers to get the “Gold Swagger” back, and reclaim their stamp on the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They were scheduled to face Atlanta at home, Milwaukee on the road and then […]

Calinger: Unions, pay for college athletes in major sports good idea

ISL's J.W. Calin

By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent Most of the negative opinions I’ve heard, regarding the recent ruling giving Northwestern football players the lawful right to form a union, are based on envy, and I can understand why. With all the publicity and social status college football players have, and with all the scandals involving players who […]

Pacers dominated by Spurs in 103-77 loss


By TYLER SMITH ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — For the sixth straight game, the Pacers shot under 40 percent and scored less than 90 points. An offense struggling that much was no match for the league’s hottest team, the San Antonio Spurs. After an emotional win over the Miami Heat, the Pacers have dropped three straight, […]

Sanders: Purdue worse off than Butler in transfer carousel

Purdue point guard Ronnie Johnson, shown last season against Notre Dame, has left the program.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana schools have been hit hard by transfers recently. I already wrote about Austin Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell leaving IU, but it was also announced that sophomore guard Ronnie Johnson would transfer from Purdue and freshman center Nolan Berry would leave Butler. I am a little nervous for […]

Sanders: Hoosiers, Crean will be OK despite player turnover

Tom Crean has a top job, with top expectations.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Do IU’s players really dislike Tom Crean? Why are so many transferring?  Is Indiana slipping just when things started to look promising? I don’t think so.  Hoosier fans can settle down and realize that this is all just part of the process, and all these transfers and rumors […]