Coming off back-to-back losses, Indiana men’s basketball has six games remaining to make a late push at the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers (14-11, 6-8) currently sit 10th in the Big Ten, and with the regular season’s end nearing, it isn’t too early to look ahead at Indiana’s potential matchups for the conference tournament.
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Fundamentals are some of the first things taught to those learning the game of basketball. Boxing out rebounders, taking care of the ball and making free throws may seem like little things, but they go a long way toward winning.
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories about NBA All-Star Weekend by students in an IU Media School sports reporting class. Read the rest of the stories on our website.
WEST LAFAYETTE — Indiana men’s basketball was fresh off an 18-point second-half comeback on the road against Ohio State on Tuesday in which it made the proper corrections to overcome the deficit and win the game. Facing a 12-point halftime deficit at No. 2 Purdue on Saturday night, the Hoosiers had an opportunity to replicate their earlier win and earn a significant victory.
WEST LAFAYETTE — Indiana men’s basketball came into Mackey Arena on Saturday night fresh off its second road win of the season and looking to achieve a signature win against No. 2 Purdue. Instead, the Boilermakers crushed the Hoosiers for the second time this season to sweep the series in a 79-59 result.
Indiana men’s basketball will face off against No. 2 Purdue for the second time this season on Saturday night in Mackey Arena. Following a disastrous 87-66 loss at Assembly Hall on Jan. 16 — Indiana's largest margin of defeat to the Boilermakers at home since 1934 — the Hoosiers look to avenge themselves in enemy territory.
Indiana men’s basketball was struggling to keep up with Ohio State. Shots weren’t falling for the Hoosiers, and some form of consistency was necessary to keep the contest close and threaten to escape Columbus with a win.
Indiana men’s basketball’s season can be aptly described as a roller coaster, and Saturday afternoon it hit one of its low points. The Hoosiers suffered an 85-71 loss at home to Penn State and their glaring flaws at 3-point line were once again exposed.
Indiana men’s basketball hosted Penn State on Saturday afternoon looking to break .500 in conference play. The Hoosiers were unable to do so, falling for the third time in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season in a can’t-lose matchup.
In the press conference following Indiana men’s basketball’s win over Iowa, senior guard Anthony Leal rubbed the head of freshman guard Gabe Cupps — both smiling and cherishing the moment. The pair played the role of unlikely heroes in the 74-68 win, stepping up when it mattered most and embracing head coach Mike Woodson’s ‘next man up’ philosophy.
Following a missed opportunity at No. 10 Illinois on Jan. 27, Indiana men’s basketball is in dire need of a win. Amidst a season-long three-game losing streak, the Hoosiers hope to turn things around Tuesday night back home in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against Iowa.
CHAMPAIGN, IL. — Sixth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson stepped up to the free throw line as the most experienced player on the floor. Indiana men’s basketball trailed No. 10 Illinois 64-62 with 54 seconds remaining and needed its veteran captain to come through.
CHAMPAIGN, IL. — After an eight-day break, Indiana men’s basketball hit the road again for its third straight matchup against a top-11 opponent, this time against No. 10 Illinois. Looking to avoid a season-long three-game losing streak Saturday, the Hoosiers looked prime to stop the streak before faltering late in a 70-62 loss.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Indiana men’s basketball sophomore center Kel’el Ware will not play against Illinois on Saturday afternoon at the State Farm Center.
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It may not be October, but Indiana men’s basketball is on its way to a haunted house. The Hoosiers will face No. 11 Wisconsin on the road at the Kohl Center on Friday night, where Indiana has lost 19 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 25, 1998.
As Purdue nurtured a 17-point lead with 3:30 remaining in the contest, the Boilermakers’ starters hardly had any reason to be on the floor while Indiana tried to protect its pride, let alone make an effort. Still, 7-foot-4 senior center Zach Edey dove for a loose ball and turned it into an assist for a fastbreak layup, capturing the sentiments of Indiana men’s basketball’s 87-66 rivalry loss Tuesday night.
Indiana men’s basketball entered Tuesday night’s contest against in-state rival Purdue looking to win for the fourth consecutive time in the series. Instead, the Boilermakers obliterated the Hoosiers early with a 22-point halftime lead. Despite a second half comeback effort, Indiana failed to overcome the early difference in an 87-66 loss.
Coming into Indiana men’s basketball’s contest against Minnesota, freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako had a defined role and play style. Often roaming the perimeter in search of spot-up 3-pointers or mid-range jumpers, Mgbako seldom displayed more offensive creativity.
Trailing by double digits with 6:36 remaining in the game, Indiana senior forward Anthony Walker stared down sophomore forward Malik Reneau before zipping a pass his way — one Reneau didn’t see coming. Instead, Rutgers senior forward Mawot Mag read Walker like a book and stole the attempt for an easy dunk.