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After breaking a streak of seven straight losses to Rutgers last season, Indiana men’s basketball aimed to finally take down the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, New Jersey, for the first time since 2018 on Tuesday night. Instead, the Hoosiers’ struggles in Jersey Mike’s Arena continued in a 66-57 defeat.
After Ohio State ripped off a run to gain a 9-point lead early in the second half, Indiana men’s basketball desperately needed an answer. Nothing was working offensively for the Hoosiers, and the Buckeyes looked primed to run away with the contest.
In the premature stages of Indiana men’s basketball’s season, it appeared as though the 3-point line was an offensive weakness. While the Hoosiers are still struggling to find their way, yet improving, it’s becoming more apparent that instead, it’s the defensive side of the arc that troubles the Hoosiers. This was the case Wednesday night as Nebraska crushed Indiana 86-70 with a 12-of-32 performance from long range.
After closing its non-conference schedule with three consecutive wins, Indiana men’s basketball looked to start 2024 on the right foot at Nebraska on Wednesday night. It wasn’t able to do so as the Cornhuskers trounced the Hoosiers 86-70 to hand Indiana its fourth loss of the season and first Big Ten loss.
Sophomore forward Malik Reneau jab stepped before he fired a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the first half. Right after release he backpedaled with both hands up by his shoulders before signaling three fingers to his head and pounding his chest.
Coming off back-to-back losses, Indiana men’s basketball needed to get back on track Tuesday night against Morehead State University. A crushing loss looked likely throughout, but a 20-4 run to close out the game pushed the Hoosiers past the Eagles 69-68.
Trey Galloway did nearly everything he could.
For some programs, basketball just means more. Saturday afternoon, two of college basketball’s most historical and influential programs will face off as Indiana men’s basketball hosts No. 2 Kansas University.
ATLANTA — Indiana men’s basketball didn’t have its running shoes ready. The Hoosiers looked outclassed and undermanned facing a high-octane Auburn offense Saturday in a 104-76 loss. The Tigers dictated the pace of play at will, surgically breaking down Indiana’s defense and constantly creating open looks to display an offensive explosion.
ATLANTA — Indiana men’s basketball came to Atlanta, Georgia, looking to pick up a quality non-conference win and extend its winning streak to five games. Instead, the Hoosiers got walloped in a 106-76 blowout against Auburn University. It marked the first time Indiana allowed 100+ points since a 112-110 double-overtime loss to Syracuse University on Nov. 30, 2021.
Indiana men’s basketball was in a slugfest. In its first road game of the season at Michigan on Tuesday night, the Hoosiers and Wolverines went back and forth, exchanging blows and trading the lead as the clock wound down. When it mattered most, the Hoosiers’ starting lineup stepped up and guided the team to a 78-75 win.
Since losing its first —and so far, only — game of the season to the University of Connecticut on Nov. 19, Indiana men’s basketball has started to find its stride. The Hoosiers have won three consecutive games, their last two being double-digit victories, and look to continue their winning ways Tuesday night against Michigan (4-4) in their first true road game of the season.
Nothing has come easy for Indiana men’s basketball this season despite its now 6-1 record. Even against mid-major competition, the Hoosiers have had to scrap for all six of their wins, and slow starts have been one of several factors in their tight contests. Against Maryland on Friday night, however, Indiana burst out of the gates in both halves en route to a 65-53 win.
Wielding a 5-1 record entering the contest, Indiana men’s basketball hosted Maryland (4-3) in its Big Ten opener Friday night. Despite the absence of senior guard Xavier Johnson, who sat out with a lingering ankle injury, the Hoosiers were able to defeat the Terrapins 65-53 to start conference play 1-0.
INDIANAPOLIS — Sophomore forward Malik Reneau hoisted a free throw to convert an and-one layup and give Indiana its first double-digit lead of Sunday’s contest against Harvard University, but it hit rim. Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako soared through air to snatch the offensive rebound before going right back up, banking in the layup while drawing a foul of his own and celebrating with a flex on the floor to cap off a career night and breakout performance.
NEW YORK — The game of basketball is commonly referred to as a game of runs. Indiana men’s basketball’s Monday contest against the University of Louisville proved that true, and a late spurt to end the game put the Hoosiers on top in a 74-66 win.
Indiana men’s basketball capped off the Empire Classic third-place game with a 74-66 win over the University of Louisville. The Hoosiers leave New York with a 4-1 overall record.
NEW YORK — After trailing most of the first half, Indiana men’s basketball was making a late push to make the halftime deficit manageable. With three minutes and 15 seconds remaining in the frame, sophomore guard CJ Gunn found himself wide open in the corner with a chance to cut the deficit to 30-24. Gunn missed and 19 seconds later, University of Connecticut graduate guard Cam Spencer connected from deep for a 33-21 lead.
Following three tighter than contested wins to start its non-conference schedule, Indiana men’s basketball is set to face its biggest competitor yet Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers will take on defending national champions No. 5 University of Connecticut in Madison Square Garden to kick off the Empire Classic.
With 50 seconds on the clock and leading by 9 points, Indiana men’s basketball’s frontcourt found itself in a two-on-one fastbreak. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau handled the ball down the court and, with a defender homing in, lobbed the ball above the rim. Sophomore center Kel’el Ware soared up to slam it home with two hands, putting an exclamation point on Indiana’s 89-80 win over Wright State University on Thursday night.