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.