CHICAGO – IU’s locker room was surprisingly relaxed after a loss to Maryland knocked it out of the Big Ten Tournament – especially for a team that had slipped from certainty to doubt in the last months.
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CHICAGO – Alex Olah was the only player standing in Northwestern’s locker room. The rest of his team had taken off their jerseys, showered and started to deal with the fact their season was over. The Wildcats’ 7-foot center wouldn’t do it.
CHICAGO – James Blackmon Jr.’s slump is over.
CHICAGO — Hanner Mosquera-Perea grabbed his knee before hittting the ground.
Tom Crean put it simply, the scenario his team has put itself in.
Before the season, Yogi Ferrell and IU Coach Tom Crean came to an agreement. The junior guard’s role was about to change.
As soon as the buzzer sounded and ended IU’s regular season with its eighth loss in 12 games, questions about the Hoosiers’ postseason fate grew louder, and the calls for IU Coach Tom ?Crean’s job intensified.
IU’s season wasn’t supposed to end up like this. At least that’s what it seemed like a month ago.
The devolution continues.
It’s the nature of the Big Ten — five weeks can change everything.
EVANSTON, Ill. — Rest doesn’t come often in the Big Ten, no matter how much it’s needed.
Every time IU makes the trip to Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena, it brings along a little bit of home.
When Jeremiah April gets into the action, it’s over.
Teams have tried all season to slow IU’s fast-break offense. Usually, they fail. The Hoosiers score more points than any Big Ten team this season.
Rebounds typically fall to the biggest players on the floor. Big men are taller, usually stronger and situated closer to the basket than their smaller counterparts.
IU Coach Tom Crean took part in his weekly radio show Monday night. The Hoosiers (18-8, 8-5) remain out of the national rankings after a one-win, one-loss week.
Sometimes, shooting can bail out a team on a bad night.
If there’s ever an easy time to start playing Big Ten basketball, Jordan Fuchs didn’t choose it.
The question started circulating during IU’s pregame shootaround ?Wednesday.
James Blackmon Jr. couldn’t get anything to go in.