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Senior ready to bounce back from knee injury

After sitting out two seasons because of medical redshirts, senior Jamie Gathing was awarded a sixth year of eligibility for the 2004-05 season by the NCAA. The Kankakee, Ill., native will rejoin a Hoosier lineup this year that features 11 returning letter winners from last season.

New assistants breathe life into IU program

Looking down his bench this year, IU coach Mike Davis sees something personal. Not only is this the first year with every player being a Davis recruit, but the coaching staff is also a product of his own.

What will it take?

Winning. A simple philosophy. It's all IU's storied tradition had known since 1970. However, last year's Hoosier team, buoyed by one star, Bracey Wright, for lack of a better phrase, fell flat on its face. Finishing with a 14-15 record, the Hoosiers failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 18 years, snapping the second longest streak of consecutive appearances in the Big Dance.

Bennett hopes experienced roster leads to wins, tourney appearance

Returning this year for her fifth year at the helm of IU women's basketball is head coach Kathi Bennett. Bennett, in her 17th season as a collegiate head coach, will look to improve on last year's 12-17 record as she returns 11 letter winners from last season.

Davis faces pressure in 5th season as Hoosier head man

Coming into his fifth season as head coach of the men's basketball team, IU coach Mike Davis has his work cut out for him. Not only are some IU fans still bitter at the firing of former coach Bob Knight by former IU and current NCAA president Myles Brand, but last season's 14-15 record and a missed trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 18 seasons, just added salt to their wounds.

Team boasts abundance of experience

Coming off a season where the Hoosiers women's basketball team finished 12-17 and had everyone returning, expectations were high -- then an injury occurred. Senior guard/forward Jenny DeMuth tore her anterior cruciate ligament within two hours of the season starting. How the team responds from the injury will be a test IU must pass in order to make it to the NCAA tournament.

Memories sting from last season's fall

Richard Nixon was president of the United States. The U.S. had just landed on the moon. The Vietnam War was raging in Southeast Asia. The year was 1970. The IU basketball team had a losing season, finishing 7-17. Little did anyone know it would take 34 years before the feat was accomplished again.

Nation's best prep for Arch Madness

All signs point to St. Louis. The road is paved and awaiting four teams who can navigate their way through the rocky terrain of college basketball. The Final Four road map eludes even the finest coaches in the land, so what does it take to reach the grandest stage the sport has to offer?

Illinois tabbed as conference's elite

Former high school teammates Deron Williams of Illinois and Bracey Wright of IU have careers progressing in remarkably similar fashions. The pair are both juniors and both starting guards in the Big Ten.

Graduation hurts top Big Ten teams

INDIANAPOLIS -- After a season that saw the women's Big Ten place six teams into the NCAA tournament, and Minnesota into the championship game, the conference is looking to repeat the results. It is hoping the ultimate reward will be a trip to the Final Four in the heart of Big Ten country -- Indianapolis.

Auburn transfers leave football school for taste of basketball success

Two seasons ago, Marco Killingsworth and Lewis Monroe were starters at Auburn University. Monroe ran the show at the point, and Killingsworth was in his first year of leading the Southeastern conference in field goal percentage from his power forward position.

Duo learns to crawl before they can walk

When they walk around campus, heads turn. Girls come up to talk to them at the bars. They've been to a Final Four and to Maui. And they're not even on scholarship.

Freshman center brings new height for Hoosiers

From afar, she looks like any other college woman, well proportioned with shoulder-length blonde hair. But when you stand next to her, it all becomes clear. This woman was built to be a NCAA Division I basketball center. Standing at a legitimate 6 feet 7 inches, freshman center Sarah McKay is set to make a splash on the IU women's basketball team.

No sophomore slump for Valentin

With only two active players on the latter half of their college careers, IU coach Kathi Bennett has a corral full of young guns to holster. One sharp shooter Bennett won't have to worry about is sophomore Cyndi Valentin. Valentin, at a mere 19 years old, is actually one of the most battle-tested Hoosiers, logging impressive minutes in all 28 of IU's games. However, minutes aren't the only statistic Valentin feasted upon last season.

Associate head coach teaches commitment

The power of tradition within IU basketball extends far beyond the realm of the men's program. IU women's associate head coach Trish Betthauser is proof enough of that. Betthauser has forgone high-paying jobs -- a teaching career and several Division I coaching opportunities -- to remain a part of women's basketball at IU.

Five freshmen, five sophomores fuel optimism

The central theme of the 2003-2004 women's basketball team is youth. Senior Jamie Gathing is out of the lineup due to a season-ending ACL injury, leaving juniors LeeAnn Stephenson and Jenny DeMuth as the only players on the roster who were at IU the last time the Hoosiers made it into the NCAA Tournament just two years ago.


Earlier this fall at Big Ten media day, IU coach Kathi Bennett proclaimed the Big Ten as the number one or two conference in the nation. Some coaches, namely Penn State's Rene Portland, didn't exactly agree with her statement.


It seems as if every year the predicted finish for the Big Ten season comes out, the Michigan State Spartans are near the top. This year is no different as the Spartans were picked by the coaches and the media to be champions this year.

Wilmont ready to play after redshirt year

Something is missing from the IU bench. Down the line of cream-and-crimson uniforms last season usually sat colorfully dressed, redshirted guard Roderick Wilmont.

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