How Did Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Become This God Awful?

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Hands down, the Indiana Hoosiers are probably the worst team in the Big Ten right now. It’s very unfamiliar territory considering the storied Hoosier tradition. In all college basketball, they’re third all-time in national titles, fifth in tournament appearances, sixth in tourney wins, seventh in Final Fours, and 11th in wins.

But since Tom Crean took over, they’re a lowly 25-54 (32% winning pct.), 5-31 in the Big Ten (14% winning pct). No wonder Crean’s public persona grows more high-strung and irritated by the week.

On Sunday night they were drilled by a Northwestern team that was itself drilled by Illinois four days before that.

Yes, we knew Kelvin “Mr. Telephone Man” Sampson came from Oklahoma like a F5 tornado to ravage the pride of southern Indiana, but who knew the wreckage would be this bad?

Let’s take a closer look at the Bloomington rubble.

By Paul M. Banks

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Indiana Hoosiers First Big Ten Victim for Northwestern

Two teams entered 0-3 in the Big Ten; one emerged with a tremendous burden removed from their shoulders. Since the injury to star forward John Shurna, the conference’s leading scorer, the Northwestern Wildcats have been struggling mightily. But they took care of IU 93-81 Sunday night, to improve to 10-4.

The Indiana Hoosiers got off to a 6-0 start against some really terrible competition. But they lost to both Northern Iowa and Colorado, and now find themselves 0-4 in conference play.

By Paul M. Banks

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