Big 10 Power Rankings 1-27-11

osu-hotty

Ohio State or Michigan State? Who’s number one? Welcome to the Big Ten power rankings.

Go here for our most recent Big East Power Rankings, which are probably more informative and accurate than the rankings below will turn out.

[Read more…]

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 1-11-12

michigan-state-girl

I’ve always said that doing power rankings is only fun (and worth reading) when the hierarchy is rather grey and things are up in the air. PRs are kind of stupid and pointless when you get towards the end of regular season and close to conference tournament time- if you’re the sort who has rankings similar to the standings.

But doing them now is rather fun! Are things grey instead of black and white? Well, Iowa won at the Kohl Center. Is the hierarchy up in the air? Purdue lost by 20 at Penn State. Questions answered.

Go here for our most recent Big East Power Rankings, which are probably more informative and accurate than the rankings below will turn out.

[Read more…]

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Many Happy Returns Edition

ohio-state-girl

Since Christmas fell on a Sunday this year, today is a day NO ONE is at work. There’s no Federal services, no trading on the stock market this Monday. It’s December 26th, so if you’re a mindless-zombie-worker bee-corporate drone-lemming, I know exactly where you are today- at the mall making your Christmas gift returns. (Remember to take the receipts!)

I’m guessing I know what you did on the day after Thanksgiving too, door busters! But for those of us who actually have a shred of individuality, let’s move on to the Big Ten basketball POWER rankings. The cupcake/puff scheduling is over. You ever wonder why the weak mid/low-majors get referred to as pastries? Baked goods are considered sugary and weak I guess. Now it’s time for the “meat and potatoes” of Big Ten conference play. Enjoy!

[Read more…]

Cody Zeller Key to Indiana Hoosiers Rebirth, Undefeated Season

cody-zeller

When college basketball season started at Big Ten media day on Oct 27th, you would have been very hard pressed to find any journalist who believed the Indiana Hoosiers would become the final Big Ten team to lose this season.

No one saw this renaissance happening this year, and certainly not in this convincing manner. Their 10-0 record includes a win over then #1 Kentucky, and it’s something IU Coach Tom Crean believes should be a building block:

[Read more…]

Indiana University Attempts to Get CRAZY Hoosiers Fans Studying

hoosiers-cheerleader

Can you feel the excitement for the Saturday match-up of undefeateds between the Indiana Hoosiers and #1 Kentucky Wildcats? You can in Bloomington.

The insane college basketball fans who wait outside the stadium to get in have been told to go home and hit the books- by Indiana University officials!

Student season ticket holders who have been standing outside Assembly Hall since Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 6, were given vouchers yesterday that will allow them to enter first in order when doors open at 3:45 p.m. Saturday for the game against top-ranked Kentucky.

[Read more…]

Hoosiers Crush Butler, IU 6-0 while Bulldogs Rebuilding

hoosiers

The sixth victim for the Indiana Hoosiers this season is a much more impressive name than the first five. That’s right, IU college basketball is 6-0 this young season; although they beat all nobodies in their first five.

Last night Will Sheehey scored a career-high 21 points and Cody Zeller added 16 as Indiana crushed in-state rival Butler 75-59 in the title game of the Hoosier Invitational. That’s right, they destroyed last year’s national runner-up Butler Bulldogs, and although that’s more impressive than their first five wins, it’s certainly not a statement win.

[Read more…]

Tom Crean Tweets His Disgust for Early Tip off with Illini

Tom Crean

I just gained a lot more respect for Indiana Hoosiers Coach Tom Crean. This is the highest amount of college basketball sensibility I have ever seen him display. For INEXPLICABLE reasons, the Big Ten decided to make his March 5th contest at border rival Illinois an early Saturday morning tip-off.

Now 11 A.M. doesn’t sound ridiculously early, but to a good portion of the media who cover the Illini, (by that I mean the large contingent of media members based in the Chicago area, an estimated 25-40% of their regular media) an 11 a.m. tip means either

a.) Getting your outlet/you yourself paying for a hotel in Champaign-Urbana the night before or

b.) Getting up at 6:30 a.m. to be there early enough to set up, effectively killing any plans you had for the Friday night before. And your plans for Saturday better be very early evening because you’ll now be ridiculously tired from covering this contest.

So with the weekend (and any semblance of a social life) now a casualty, we feel your pain Tom.

Here’s Tom’s thoughts/feelings on it.

[Read more…]

How Did Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Become This God Awful?

tom crean

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

[Read more…]

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

[Read more…]

Without Press, Gophers Merely Average

By Mike Gallagher

Losing three out of the last four games isn’t exactly what Tubby Smith had in mind after starting the conference season with back to back wins, but as we’re quickly discovering, the Gophers may not be what our minds told us.

[Read more…]