With Jared Jeffries' ankle slowly on the mend and Tom Coverdale's back spasms gradually cooperating, IU prepared for the Big Ten Tournament Wednesday. The nagging injuries to IU's top two scorers forced the Hoosiers to do so lightly.
Sophomore left fielder Mark Calkins' three-run home run in the eighth inning capped a dramatic come-from-behind victory as the Hoosiers downed Xavier 10-9 in a slugfest Tuesday.
After posting both season-high and season-low rounds during its spring tournament, the women's golf team played more consistently Monday and Tuesday at the "Mo" memorial in Houston, Texas. But that consistency didn't mean the Hoosiers played well. They shot rounds of 323 and 319 to finish in sixth place.
Freshman Sharna Nelson's first experience with snow was not a good one. Having never seen snow before, Nelson didn't know what to expect. She knew it was soft on top but didn't realize it is was so soft underneath.
Disappointment has run high at Iowa, where the Hawkeyes started the season by playing well enough to be ranked in the top 10 nationally. After the hot start the Hawkeyes folded in Big Ten play, stumbling to a disappointing record in Steve Alford's third year as head coach.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Before the beginning of the Big Ten women's basketball tournament Thursday, the Hoosiers postseason future was already determined -- there wasn't one. But a run to the tournament's championship game -- the first time in the school's history and the first No. 5 seed to do so -- and a win against No. 1 Purdue in the semifinal and a three-point win versus No. 2 Penn State in the championship changes the plans.
The fuss over the Big Ten Player of the Year keeps brewing. The Big Ten will announce its awards today -- All-Big Ten teams and individual honors -- but coaches let their thoughts fly Monday. Illinois' Bill Self touted junior guard Frank Williams. Michigan State's Tom Izzo flaunted sophomore guard Marcus Taylor. IU's Mike Davis boasted about sophomore forward Jared Jeffries.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Point guard Heather Cassady and center Jill Chapman had never beaten Purdue. That is, until Sunday, when the two seniors refused to allow the ugly blemish of a 0-8 record against their ultra-respected, in-state rival to remain on their college resumes.
Most students were watching the IU men's basketball team claim a share of the Big Ten title, the men's track and field team was competing for the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The team sent four athletes to Iowa State and six to Notre Dame. There were several provisional marks met and many personal records set at the two meets.
It was supposed to be the IU hockey team's year. This year's Hoosiers had everything: speed, depth, goaltending and special teams. And they had experience in the form of nine seniors. If any group had the chance to win an American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championship, this was the one.
The women's tennis team returned to Bloomington after splitting its two away matches this weekend. After opening the weekend with a win at Illinois State, the Hoosiers dropped their Big Ten opener in a close match to Iowa, 4-3.
The IU men's tennis team looked forward to the challenge Northwestern would present in the conference opener. The challenge would take the form of a 5-2 loss against the Wildcats Saturday. The Hoosiers (6-4, 0-1 Big Ten) opened up their four-game road trip with a difficult setback at Northwestern (9-3, 4-0).
The Hoosiers struggled on the last two days of the Big Ten Championships, falling from fifth after the first day to a seventh place finish when the final scores were tallied. Reigning Big Ten champion Minnesota continued its conference domination, as the Golden Gophers outdueled Michigan to defend their title. Minnesota finished with 711.5 points, and the Wolverines had 636.5.
INDIANAPOLIS -- IU wanted to win its quarterfinal matchup of the Big Ten Tournament against defending tournament champions, Iowa. Associate head coach Trish Betthauser even said so.
The Big Ten championships continue today and tomorrow, as the Hoosiers try to rise up the leader board and forge a top finish. The fifth place Hoosiers trail first place Minnesota by 75 points with a 122 score.