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Indiana is playing spoiler in the Big Ten

Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:35 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:47 pm
Jordan Hulls celebrates upset of Minnesota with IU fans

Posted by Eric Angevine

Are hints of Assembly Hall magic enough to keep diehard Hoosier fans enthralled?

Tonight's 60-57 upset of No. 18 Minnesota, hard on the heels of an OT loss at Michigan State and a home win over a ranked Illinois squad, definitely gives the pollyannas a bit of a rush.

The Hoosiers have already lost seven games in league play - they're not going anywhere in the league standings or the postseason, but Tom Crean's ability to keep his kids playing hard in the middle of another lost season is impressive. It's one of those things that makes me believe that the turnaround is still coming along just fine (ssshhhh, don't tell Matt Jones I said so).

With five-star prospect Cody Zeller coming into the fold next year, it seems vital for the Hoosiers not to show any quit. Giving up and letting the season go to the dogs could have caused Zeller -- or, worse yet, one of the three four-star recruits who have verbaled for 2012 -- to back away from the program.

Right now, I'd have to say I'd rather be playing at Indiana than Northwestern. Both teams are 3-7 in league play, but the Wildcats seem to be plodding along as usual, while the Hoosiers are heating up against all odds. Crean still has plenty of fans in Bloomington who realize that it takes time to rebuild a shattered program, and recognize the important steps he's already taken to change the culture (or return it to the place it occupied during the glory years).

Indiana won't be a tourney team this year. But they are a player in the Big Ten, because they are exposing pretenders to the throne. If Tom Crean's boys can beat you while being held together with spit and baling wire, do you really belong in the Big Dance?


Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 3:28 pm

Indiana is playing spoiler in the Big Ten

The Penn State Nittany Lions are much more than a speed bump so far in Big 10ish play, especially in Happy Valley. (Do we still call it "Happy Valley" when we're talking about their basketball squad? Have we ever even talked about their basketball team before?

PSU is getting some love as a potential bubble team for the NCAA Tournament, and Taylor Battle is getting some rightful recognition as a warrior. The bad thing about PSU, Indiana, and even Iowa picking off the big boys is that there are scarcely any big boys left in the conference...ok, one really Big Boy in Ohio State (they really look amazing so far). But the Big 10ish needed teams like Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan State to be in the mix for high tournament seeds, and that won't happen because those three keep dropping games against the lower third of the conference.

It looks like Purdue & Wisconsin will earn seeds in the 3-4 range, but remember the nation was talking about how we could stack up against the Big East? Their big boys beat up on each other; ours struggle with the bottom teams. All Big 10ish fans should root for OSU in the Big Dance, for the good of the whole conference!

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:04 pm

Indiana is playing spoiler in the Big Ten

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:03 am
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Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:05 am

Indiana is playing spoiler in the Big Ten

Their offense has been pretty solid all year. It's the defense that has changed.

I don't know if they stopped fouling or if the refs simply stopped making the calls. Whatever the reason, that's been the difference. Some of the close losses have turned into close wins.

They'll still take a few beatings on the road...I wouldn't read too much into the close loss at MSU.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:52 am

Indiana is playing spoiler in the Big Ten

haha, "probably certainly". I meant certainly.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:51 am

Indiana is playing spoiler in the Big Ten

Badger fan here... I agree that Indiana is better this year than in the past, but let's not give 'em too much love. Minnesota is now without their season-opening starting backcourt, and probably certainly isn't a Top-25 caliber club without them.

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:16 am

Indiana is playing spoiler in the Big Ten

I still think IU has a shot at getting a bid to the NIT. They need to win rest of their home games and pick up a road win at Michigan and that should be able to get them in the NIT. But, anyways i been overall pleased this year and IU is forsure a year or 2 away from being back in the Dance. GO HOOSIERS

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 1:29 am

Indiana is playing spoiler in the Big Ten

College basketball this year is proving it more difficult than ever to win on the road, which is why OSU will likely lose at least 1 game. PSU, Indiana, NW have been doing very well despite many disappointments

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