This has not been a great year to be a fan of IU men’s basketball. To be fair, it hasn’t been a great year to be a human being in general, but IU’s 61-50 loss to Rutgers in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night was a particularly blunt summation of the Hoosiers’ struggles.
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When IU men’s basketball last beat Purdue, Facebook had just opened at $38 per share, Kim Jong Il was the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was in the fifth grade.
I see Spartans of green. Red Hoosiers, too. Which team is worse, I haven’t a clue.
IU men’s basketball entered Saturday’s contest with No. 3 Michigan following a pair of rough losses to very beatable Michigan State and Rutgers squads. In order to salvage hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament and silence head coach Archie Miller’s myriad doubters, the Hoosiers basically needed to play a perfect 40 minutes.
How cool is it that Rutgers just did that on its senior night?
I want to stress there is no wrong way to make a peanut butter sandwich. I’m not going to claim you have somehow been incorrectly spreading processed legume paste across bread your whole life.
When a skydiver plummets toward the Earth, they eventually reach terminal velocity, the state at which they physically cannot travel any faster.
Days after an unusually large snowfall swept into Bloomington, IU men’s basketball welcomed another frigid foe from the northwest in Minnesota.
Six days ago, sophomore guard Armaan Franklin’s last-second jump shot to upset then-No. 8 Iowa was a sweet treat for IU fans nationwide. Wednesday, Franklin and company gritted their teeth and ground out a comeback victory over Northwestern.
You know those outdated, slightly problematic romantic comedies in which a man does something truly egregious to a woman but she still falls for him in the end for god knows what reason?
Of all the logical fallacies that ensnare sports fans, the idea that a certain team deserves to win a game is probably the most foolish. The notion that some karmic balance determines which group of athletes emerges victorious is entirely baseless.
IU men’s basketball fell to No. 12 Illinois 75-71 in overtime Tuesday following a 45-minute battle that felt slightly longer than the Zhou Dynasty, which brought seismic shifts in culture and politics to feudal China across a span of 790 years.
Remember Thursday night when IU men’s basketball upset then-No. 4 Iowa on the road? Man, that was so cool.
Right, yeah, of course. This makes total sense.
Uh-oh, it’s midway through the regular season and at 8-6, IU men’s basketball is looking underwhelming. You’re frustrated, dissatisfied and if it weren’t for the $100 you sank into a pair of candy stripe pants, you might swear off watching the Hoosiers entirely.
When confronted with uncomfortable or possibly harmful stimuli, humans resort to various subconscious defense mechanisms to manage their emotions.
Have you ever removed a load of clean clothes from the dryer and decided to power through without a laundry basket?
If you’re an IU men’s basketball fan eager to watch your beloved Hoosiers in a primetime contest, might I suggest enjoying a late dinner and skipping the first half?
Regardless of what life throws our way that’s beyond our control, we always have a choice of how to perceive it.
For many IU fans, the last couple weeks have been a period of blissful ignorance insisting the Hoosiers deserved more than they were given.