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Loss wasn’t so smelly

This one wasn’t so bad.

Yes, it was at home. Sure, the crowd was raucous, perhaps even a bit desperate. Obviously, the Hoosiers had their chances and could have won the game had they made only half of their 10 missed free throws.

IU guard Devan Dumes goes up for a shot during the first half of IU's 67-63 loss to No. 21 Minnesota on Sunday at Assembly Hall. Dumes had 19 points in the game.

White-out can't help Hoosiers shake 9th straight loss

A near sellout crowd all donning the same t-shirts, a Verdell Jones half-court basket and an early eight-point lead weren’t enough to stop IU’s losing streak.

The Hoosiers (5-13, 0-6) dropped their ninth game in a row, this one against Minnesota 67-63. The competitive game throughout came down to the Golden Gophers’ ability to execute down the stretch; and IU’s inability to.

Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith reacts as he watches his team play against Northwestern during the first half Sunday in Evanston, Ill.

Tubby Smith dodging sophomore slump

After a respectable 20-14 inaugural season at Minnesota last academic year, former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith’s Golden Gophers are off to an impressive 16-3 start and look to be on their way to the NCAA tournament.

Smith, along with second-year Michigan coach John Beilein and Iowa second-year man Todd Lickliter, follows a trend of vast improvement among Big Ten coaches in their second seasons.

Momentum maturity

Tom Crean calls it “winning time.”

That moment – or more accurately, those moments – in every game when momentum hangs in the balance, when leads teeter on the edge of extinction, when winners and losers separate.

A new year, a new jersey

In three seasons, Eric Gordon has gone from a man among boys to a boy among men.

“Look how fresh he is!” screamed one of Gordon’s NBA teammates. “He got his draft suit on!”

The former Hoosier wasn’t wearing the cream blazer he donned on draft night when he was selected seventh overall by the Los Angeles Clippers, but he was unusually dressed up.

A herd of local reporters waited to interview Gordon as he changed meticulously following his hometown pro debut. If “E.J.” had his choice, he’d likely prefer to keep to himself by his locker. Instead, he was moments away from answering questions about the game-winning shot he made in double-overtime to lift the Clippers over the Indiana Pacers.

Packer, Knight to analyze NCAA

LAS VEGAS – Former IU coach Bob Knight, the winningest coach in Division I history, and former CBS sportscaster Billy Packer plan to analyze the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in a series of one-hour television programs taped at a race and sports book on the Las Vegas Strip.

IU freshman forward Tom Pritchard dunks the ball in the second half. Pritchard led IU scoring against Ohio State with 16 points.

RUNNING THE FLOOR: IU must see through the losing

Back in my tender high school years, I played football, the proud second-generation Riverwood Raider that I was. My sophomore year, we went completely winless, 0-10, only pulling one victory when it was discovered that an opponent plied the use of an ineligible substitute.

It was a rough year to be sure, but we hired a new coach the next March, Harris Rainbow (seriously), a young, energetic soul with real vision for the program. Old coach Rainbow, all of 25, set about trying to instill a sense of pride and toughness into our listless program. He did a good job in the preseason.

Ohio: the home of 2 different Hoosiers

Eric Arnett and Tom Pritchard probably could not be more different.

Pritchard is the new face of IU basketball, a loyal, late-blooming commit who weathered the storm that was Kelvin Sampson and is now a likely Big Ten Freshman of the Year candidate. He’s a blossoming post presence Tom Crean may rely on for years to come.

Arnett won’t even be on the basketball team another week. Brought on in the fall as an extra body in practice, Arnett makes his real living as a pitcher on the IU baseball team, and a rather accomplished one at that.

Arnett could dress but not play this year for the Hoosiers, who didn’t want to count another scholarship against their limit. He’ll return to the baseball team following tonight’s game at Ohio State.

No celebration for Hoosiers in Champaign

There will come a time this year when the IU men’s basketball team – overmatched and undersized – will take the floor in some Big Ten city and brave the odds to beat a better conference opponent.

Champaign was not that city.

Illinois’ Demetri McCamey drives to the basket ahead of IU’s Broderick Lewis in the first half of Saturday’s game in Champaign, Ill. The Hoosiers fell to the Illini 76-45 for their sixth straight loss.

3s bury Hoosiers

Absolutely demolished, the IU men's basketball team was felled by the sharpshooting Fighting Illini.

IU freshman Daniel Moore (3) pancakes Illinois' Trent Meacham (1) as he dives for a loose ball in the second half of a 76-45 IU loss in Champaign, Ill. The defeat was the Hoosiers' sixth consecutive and eighth in their last nine games.

Hoosiers stumble at Illinois to 6th straight loss

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Last year’s infamous chest bump pales in comparison to the in-game beat down the Fighting Illini laid on the Hoosiers Saturday.

After holding their own but losing in their first two conference games, IU coach Tom Crean and his team got the kind of Big Ten welcome many had been bracing for all season.

A 31-point thrashing marked the biggest loss by the Hoosiers in the rivalry’s 161-game series.

IU’s orange rivals to the west opened the game on a 21-2 run and never relaxed their grip of the lead. The Illini led by 25 at the half and continued to humiliate the traditionally proud basketball school in the second half, brushing off the Hoosiers 76-45 and handing their longest losing streak – at six – since 2004.

Freshman guard Verdell Jones goes for a baket as Michigan's DeShawn Sims attempts a block Wednesday at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers face Illinois on the road this Saturday.

Weber: ‘Indiana will suck’

Last time IU traveled to Champaign to take on Illinois, the game was one of the most highly anticipated matches of the year. 

Led by then-coach Kelvin Sampson and freshman star Eric Gordon, the Hoosiers played in front of a volatile Illini crowd.

When IU won, it boosted its record to 19-3 while Illinois dropped to 2-9 in conference play. 

Just 11 months later, things have dramatically changed, but the bitterness across the border remains.

Although Sampson has been exiled from college basketball and Gordon has moved on to the NBA, Illinois coach Bruce Weber continues to add fuel to the rivalry between IU and U of I.

Dusting off the chart:

Wednesday’s overtime loss to Michigan left a bitter taste in the mouths of even the mildest of Hoosier fans.

Imagine how Tom Crean felt.

Certain of nothing: Hoosiers felled by Northeastern

In their first five minutes, these new members of the IU men’s basketball team looked like their bygone brethren, putting the hatchet to a lesser opponent with Christmas 72 hours away.

Any resemblance thereafter was purely coincidental.

Hoosiers fall to Northeastern 55-42

Pulling away to a speedy 12-3 lead against the visiting Northeastern Huskies, the IU men’s basketball team looked like they used their nine-day layoff to full advantage.

But then the Hoosiers became colder than the weather outside Assembly Hall.

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