Indiana Hoosiers Star Romeo Langford Still Has Lottery Stock Despite Recent Slump

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Despite a recent mini-slump, Indiana Hoosiers guard Romeo Langford is measure for measure the Big Ten’s best pro prospect, and by a very wide margin. His performances and productivity have slipped a bit lately, but Romeo is probably the least of IU’s problems right now. Hoosiers coach Archie Miller believes the criticism surround Romeo is much ado about nothing. 

“He’s got to continue to work, find different ways, step back behind that three point line a little bit, hopefully make a couple more, but Romeo’s not the problem,” Miller said last night after his team lost 73-66 at Northwestern.

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Hinkle Fieldhouse to get more national attention Saturday

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The movie “Hoosiers” made it famous, but Butler’s 2010 National title game run made it a tourist destination. I made my first visit to the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse four years ago when I covered the Final Four for the Washington Times. Tomorrow I return to cover my first ever game at the basketball mecca. Northwestern at Butler will be the first nationally broadcast game on Fox Sports this season.

It leads directly into coverage of the Big Ten Football Championship Game, held just a few miles down the road at Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Tom Crean apologizes for Michigan postgame comment

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Update: Tom Crean apologized this morning for this incident on the Big Ten teleconference call.

I think Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Crean might have a reputation for being an ornery, self-absorbed sort. And now it’s getting worse. On February 19th, he chewed out the moderator on the Big Ten conference call. On March 7th, he didn’t talk toWalter Football.com A couple years ago, Crean once tweeted a complaint about an early start time when his Hoosiers came to play the Illini.

When IU visited Northwestern, Crean kept the media waiting FOREVER!!!! Which was annoying for us in Chicago but a much bigger problem for the Indianapolis media who traveled to cover the game as the Indianapolis Colts were playing the Saints IN THE SUPER BOWL at the time.

And today, he showed he doesn’t know how to let things go.

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Indiana Hoosiers #1 seed overall- still deserving?

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Despite the loss last night, you’ll still hear Indiana Hoosiers #1 seed on Selection Sunday. It would take a major collapse by IU to prevent that from happening. However, should we see Indiana Hoosiers #1 seed overall this March madness? Future NBA PF Trevor Mbakwe had 21 and 12 to help the Gophers topple an Indiana Hoosiers #1 team last night, the seventh time the AP poll’s top team has lost a game this season.

Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers were beat up on the glass 44-30 last night, but the Big Ten leaders still look like national leaders. The Hoosiers (24-4, 12-3), have held the No. 1 ranking for 10 of 17 polls this season including the past four.  Who else is there to take their place, Gonzaga? Duke? Miami? the Wolverines? On a side note, who else other than the Illini have beaten both the polls’ #1 team Hoosiers and the #2 team Gonzaga this season? But we’re not here to discuss Illinois’ resume, we’re here to think about the #1 overall seed when the brackets are filled out.

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Wisconsin stomps into a Big Ten Championshp birth with 62-14 win over Indiana

The rest of the Leaders Division will have to wait another year because the Wisconsin Badgers will be the Leaders’ representative in the Big Ten Championship for the second straight year after a 62-14 win against Indiana at Memorial Stadium.

Last season was the inaugural year for the Championship in Indianapolis, so make it 2-for-2 for the Badgers (7-3, 4-2).

It’s gotten to the point where the Hoosiers (4-6, 2-3) dread playing the Badgers as they’ve been outscored 204-41 in their last three games against Wisconsin. Not only that, but the Badgers racked up a school-record 566 rushing yards in the win.

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Wisconsin’s road to the Big Ten Championship runs through Bloomington

When the season began, neither the Wisconsin Badgers nor the Indiana Hoosiers could have told you that they would be playing for a birth in the Big Ten Championship at Memorial Stadium in the beginning of November.

But in a twisted and odd season of Big Ten season, that’s exactly the situation at hand.

With a win, the Badgers (6-3, 3-2) will lock up the spot, but a loss will give the Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3) an inside edge at what has become the Rose Bowl sweepstakes. [Read more…]

Indiana Hoosiers claim preseason No. 1 in USA Today Coaches Poll

Tom Crean’s restoration project of Indiana University basketball has pretty much come full-circle.

After being crippled by NCAA sanctions stemming from former coach Kelvin Sampson’s violations, struggling through six-, 10- and 12-win seasons his first three  years in Bloomington, and leading a remarkable turnaround in 2012-13 that resulted in a Sweet 16 appearance, Crean has his Hoosiers sitting atop the USA Today Coaches preseason poll, released today.

With key returnees in Player of the Year Candidate Cody Zeller, senior Christian Watford and juniors Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey — plus a loaded freshman class dubbed “The Movement” — Indiana appears poised for a run at a sixth NCAA championship, which is remarkable given all the program has been through in recent years.

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Indiana Hoosiers have another strong class, led by Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell

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The Indiana Hoosiers could be the preseason #1 next year. If instant impact freshman Cody Zeller and hero of the Kentucky game Christian Watford return, and former star wing Maurice Creek is the same player he was before injury, IU is going to be a juggernaut.

They have a very solid core returning, and  the 3rd rated recruiting class coming in. The Hoosiers have five solid incoming freshmen, one at each position, with Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell leading the way.

Yogi, in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American game, is the headliner of this class.

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Indiana Hoosiers must move against VCU

The fourth-seeded Indiana Hoosiers now have a NCAA tournament win in the Tom Crean era.

They should get their second such victory at 7:10 p.m. today in Portland. Should.

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Indiana Hoosiers appear tourney-bound after win against Michigan State

No. 1 Kentucky? Check.

No. 2 Ohio State? Check.

No. 5 Michigan State? Check.

Each of those three teams, while ranked as listed, has fallen at Assembly Hall this season, adding a feat to the already deep lore of Indiana University basketball: the Hoosiers (23-7, 10-7 Big Ten) have knocked off three top-5 teams in the regular season for the first time ever.

Knocking off the Spartans in a 70-55 win Tuesday night adds yet another key victory to IU’s tournament resume — one that probably doesn’t need any more work to ensure the Hoosiers will go dancing for the first time under coach Tom Crean. For Crean, the players and Hoosier Nation, that has to feel good.

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Hoosiers Cody Zeller is Superior to Illini Meyers Leonard

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In the Big Ten, there are two centers 0f attention that have separated themselves from the pack. And that makes sense as there are just fewer and fewer true centers these days; especially at the NBA level. And where would the NBA get such beings? When college basketball is seeing the decline of the big man too.

The two main big men in the Big Ten are Cody Zeller at Indiana, and Meyers Leonard at Illinois. And as we saw Thursday night in the way the Hoosiers handled the Illini, (not to mention the individual matchup) you can see which one is the highly rated recruit, and which one is the McDonald’s All-American.

Illini Coach Bruce Weber gave a very candid description of Leonard, and described what Zeller has, Leonard lacks.

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Hoosiers’ rivalry with Illinois moving more towards Indiana’s Favor

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Overshadowed this week by UNC-Duke, the best rivalry in college basketball and Syracuse-Georgetown, the greatest in the Big East, is Illini vs. Hoosiers, a great rivalry in itself.

The all time series was tied at 83 entering tonight. However, Illinois was 5-1 in their last 6 versus IU. And that one loss in Bloomington last year was extremely fluky to say the least. After tonight, with Indiana winning 84-71, you can see the rivalry going more the way of #23 Indiana.

“Indiana just kicked our butts tonight,” said Illini guard D.J. Richardson who led the Illini with 19 points.

The Illini haven’t beaten a ranked team on the road since 2010.

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