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Jordan Cohen

A view of Pfau Shine Legacy Court from the terrace level. The IU Tower is the centerpiece of the room, which is bordered by the Prominent Players Mural.

Crean: Cook Hall will leave recruits ‘blown away’

Assembly Hall has undergone minimal changes since it first opened in 1971. IU fans saw the addition of a $1.99 million state-of-the-art scoreboard in 2005. But very little else looks different from when the 17,456-seat facility first opened 39 years ago. Sunday afternoon, however, marked the dedication of the new basketball development center, Cook Hall.

Former 4-star guard Offutt could join Hoosiers’ roster

In less than two days, IU lost two of its top recruiting targets, forwards Cody Larson and Will Yeguete, to Florida. While IU is still in pursuit of an additional big man for the 2010 recruiting class, it has an opportunity to add a former four-star guard in the coming weeks — as a walk-on.

The Hoosiers attempt to steal the ball from Northwestern's Mike Capocci Thursday night during the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

End of season marks critical time for Hoosiers

IU closed its 2009-2010 campaign on Thursday. It was a year in which IU improved by four games and completed its second season under coach Tom Crean with a 10-21 record. There were highs and there were lows. But with each game, inch by inch, the team made progress.

Freshman forward Christian Watford, left, grabs a rebound from Northwestern guard Jeremy Nash during the first half in Bloomington on Saturday.

Freshman trio emerges, likely key to IU’s future

Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall, Tom Crean’s wolf pack grew by three. It was a day honoring four seniors. It was a day in which IU’s one-two punch of sophomore guard Verdell Jones and freshman forward Christian Watford combined for 38 points and 16 rebounds.

Freshman forward Christian Watford goes up for a shot against Purdue on Wednesday in West Lafayette, Ind.  The Hoosiers lost 74-55 to the Boilermakers.

Another game, another loss

It was Senior Night at Mackey Arena on Wednesday, and Tom Crean’s Hoosiers essentially served as a prop in Purdue’s festivities. The Purdue fans bid their farewells to seniors Chris Kramer, Keaton Grant and some guy named Mark Wahlford. The Hoosiers, meanwhile, said hello to their second consecutive 20-loss season in the 74-55 defeat.

'Pressing' need for change

The story goes that it once rained for 40 days and 40 nights.  But it’s been 41 days since IU’s last victory, as one-by-one the Hoosiers have been hit by a storm of losses ever since the Jan. 21 victory at Penn State.

Freshman forward Christian Watford takes a shot during IU's 73-57 loss to Iowa Feb. 28 at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

IU its own worst enemy in defeat

On Saturday, IU coach Tom Crean told members of the media that “statistics accuse; the film convicts.” Following the Wisconsin loss, the team went through a film session in which individual players were asked to call out their own mistakes. Crean might have his team do the same following IU’s 73-57 loss at Iowa, but this team seems guilty until proven innocent.

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Seven of the basketballs in Cook Hall commemorating IU's Big Ten Championships, as the finishing touches are put onto the "Cook Hall" lettering on the wall of Pfau Shine Legacy Court.

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One of many artifacts inside the Spirit of '76 Display on the terrace level of Pfau Shine Legacy Court, a tribute to the prefect 1975-76 season.

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The Assembly Hall Era Case, displaying many of the most notable photographs and artifacts, inside Phau Shine Legacy Court. The other side of the room is also home to the Field House Era case.

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A view of Pfau Shine Legacy Court from the terrace level. The IU Tower is the centerpiece of the room, which is bordered by the Prominent Players Mural.

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The 1987 national championship trophy at the bottom of the IU Tower in Cook Hall. The other four trophies run clockwise around the tower, beginning with the 1940 trophy pictured to its left.

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A view of the women's practice court from a second floor balcony inside Cook Hall. The men's team has an identical court, save for the different 3-point lines.

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