Not only is Indiana back in the NCAA Tournament, Indiana is back in the win column in the NCAA Tournament. Since 1994, it’s been a rare season when we’ve been able to say that.
Read Ryan Corazza’s “The Minute After” wrap-up of tonight’s game over at Inside The Hall. He sums up perfectly what was, for all intents and purposes, a perfect night of basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers.
As our own Ryan said on the postgame show, the Kentucky win was “bigger” because it came against an arch rival and announced Indiana’s return to relevancy. But in many ways, tonight’s win was “better” because of how thoroughly excellent Indiana played for almost the entire game.
Well that sucked.
The final score says Indiana lost by 12 on Sunday against Iowa, but anyone who watched the game knows that it was a far more thorough beatdown than that margin indicates.
I guess it’s a testament to Indiana’s improved overall talent level that they can go through the motions and play like refried dookie and still only lose by 12 on the road.
Indiana’s victory over Kentucky earlier this year was as cathartic and exciting as a basketball victory can be, especially in front of the home crowd.
Tonight’s victory over Purdue was simply as satisfying as a win can be, both because of who the win came against, where it was earned, and how Indiana played to get it – which was simply fantastic.
Another road game for Indiana, and unfortunately another road loss.
Michigan jumped all over Indiana early, racing out to a 13-0 run. In his postgame press conference, Tom Crean called his starters “a joke.” From that point, Indiana outscored the Wolverines by one, but a valiant effort from Jordan Hulls and a few others wasn’t enough as the Hoosiers lost 68-56.
Indiana defeated Iowa 103-89 tonight in Bloomington, scoring 100 points against a Big Ten team for the first time since 1995 (according to Twitter reports that I did not verify but trust nonetheless).
Indiana lost 57-50 to Wisconsin tonight. After a slow initial start, the Hoosiers actually led for the most of the way, but Wisconsin took the lead in the final 10 minutes and never gave it back.
Many IU fans were frustrated with the officiating, and rightfully so, but ultimately this loss came down to IU committing too many unforced turnovers, missing a few key free throws, and not securing defensive rebounds at winning time.
But there are also many positives to take from the game, including the confidence that IU played with for most of the night in one of the Big Ten’s toughest arenas.
Jerod, Andy, and Ryan broke it all down on the latest episode of The Assembly Call.
Well that sucked.
Indiana lost tonight 70-69 to Nebraska after leading by 13 at one point in the second half. There is a lot that can be said about tonight’s game, and we said most of it during tonight’s postgame show, but I think this collapse – and it was a collapse, an utter f’ing collapse – can be summed up with accuracy thusly: WTF?
Indiana has won some home games this season that no one expected it to win. Tonight, the Hoosiers lost a game everyone expected it to win. Hopefully the loss carries with it some important lessons for a team that still isn’t good enough nor accomplished enough to take any game for granted.
We broke it all down, including Indiana’s lack of focus and energy, Cody Zeller’s strong performance, and some disappointing behavior from IU’s fans, on the latest edition of The Assembly Call IU Postgame Show.
Tonight, #12 Indiana (13-1, 1-1) hosts #13 Michigan (12-2, 2-0) at the Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are coming off a thrilling win over #2 Ohio State on New Year’s Eve, while Michigan has opened up the conference schedule with wins over Penn State and Minnesota.
One of these two teams will take a big step forward in the Big Ten race tonight, and as always The Assembly Call will go live as soon as the final buzzer sounds to provide instant analysis and a forum for live fan reaction.