It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t pretty. And Hoosier Nation collectively has no more nails to chew. But it was a victory, and it was thoroughly satisfying, and it propels Indiana to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season.
Indiana took care of business today the way a #1 seed should, and it looked like they recaptured a little bit of lost swagger in the process.
Wisconsin beat Indiana. They’ve done it 12 times in a row. Move along. Nothing to see here.
On a brighter note, the Hoosiers, despite the loss, appear to be a lock for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The only question seems to be whether they will get to play in Indianapolis or not. We’ll find out tomorrow.
YES! YES! YES!
In a complete basketball haze, and not knowing what else to say, that one word over and over again is all I could muster in the immediate aftermath of Indiana’s improbable late game comeback win today over Michigan.
And as you surely know, that victory gave Indiana the outright Big Ten title in one of the toughest Big Ten seasons I can ever remember.
It was a strange game, a game that ebbed and flowed, that featured runs and comebacks and great plays and sloppy ones … and ultimately it featured two of the nation’s best players strapping their team onto their backs and leading it to victory. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were magnificent today, as they have been all season.
We discuss those two (and which one we’d cast our Player of the Year votes for) as well as break down this crazy game, all while savoring the tremendous accomplishments that this IU team has achieved. It was a great win, and it’s a great day for Indiana basketball.
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It was a night of mixed emotions in Assembly Hall.
The first emotions were not good ones, as the Hoosiers were out-toughed and out-hustled by a visiting Ohio State team clearly intent on exacting revenge for the Columbus beatdown IU delivered last month. Vengeance attained.
But the disappointment of the loss was soon replaced by immense pride for all IU fans, as Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls, and Christian Watford were honored on Senior Night.