**A successful Senior night on March 4 set the Hoosiers up to end the regular season with a 3-game winning streak. IU knocked off Minnesota 74-70. Three Hoosiers are set to graduate at the close of this season: Tom Coverdale, Kyle Hornsby, and Jeff Newton, all big contributors to Indiana's basketball program. The final game of the regular season is to be played on Saturday March 8 at Penn State. This game will be televised locally on ESPN Plus at 8:00 p.m. The Nittany Lions are 1-14 in conference play, and the Hoosiers are 8-7. Following the close of the regular season comes the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. It is likely that if IU beats Penn State [who are we kidding here.. of course they will] they will face Penn State again in the first round of the tournament. The Big Ten Tournament closes out next Sunday. Selection Sunday. You got it. The BIG DANCE is almost here. Currently, Indiana is off the bubble and in the tournament, and will likely stay that way. Stay tuned.
**After a tough road loss to Wisconsin last Saturday, IU got back on track by defeating Iowa in Iowa City [79-63]. The Hoosiers now move up to 16-9 overall [6-6 Big Ten]. Big Ten Player of the Week Jeff Newton had a great game for Indiana, along with 3 other players scoring in double digits [Coverdale, Leach, and Wright]. The Hoosiers were also hot from behind the arc, draining 9 of them. The Hoosiers played well, and did not trail the entire game. Tom Coverdale moved up on IU's all-time leading scorers list, and is now at 29th [1,103 pts] behind Quinn Buckner; Coverdale also moved into a 7th place-tie for career high steals . Kyle Hornsby also increased his rank in career treys with 166 and is in a tie with Damon Bailey for 3rd. Another Hoosier on his way to a record is Jeff Newton, who recorded 2 blocks lastnight; he now has 212, just two shy of breaking Alan Henderson's all-time record of 213. The Hoosiers will next take on Illinois at Illinois on Saturday.
**SCORE! The Hoosiers snapped their 5-game losing streak Wednesday night by knocking off the Michigan Wolverines, the *former* top team in the Big Ten. This puts the Hoosiers at a very modest 5-5 in the Big Ten, 15-8 overall. However it marks the first step toward recovery for the Big Red. Next up: Wisconsin, at Wisconsin, on Saturday.
**We did it.. again. That's right. The Hoosiers have now dropped 5 straight. The hope among Hoosier hysterics was that, upon return to Assembly Hall after what proved to be a rough road trip, Indiana would get back on its feet. However, this was not the case Saturday as IU dropped a hard-fought one to Michigan State 62-67. This loss puts the Hoosiers at 4-5 in conference play. OUCH. This also marks the longest losing streak since the 1971-1972 season, Bob Knight's first season as head coach. Coincidentally, that was also the last time that the Hoosiers did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers face Michigan at home on Wednesday. Michigan is tied atop the Big Ten standings, so this is a big game. Let's get 'em boys!!
**Ouch! You guys are killin' me! The Hoosiers losing streak stands at 4 now, after an appalling and utterly inexplicable loss to Northwestern. [Yes, I said Northwestern.] The Hoosiers are 14-7 [4-4 in the Big Ten]. The cause for IU's recent "mini-collapse" is debateable. In fact, that's why you should take the poll on the front page. The Hoosiers will look to not only break this tragic losing streak, but also to keep their home win streak of 10 alive as they take on the Michigan State Spartans at Assembly Hall on Saturday.
**Another two losses on the road put the Hoosiers at 14-6 overall with a 4-3 Big Ten record. The Hoosiers dropped one at Michigan State 54-61, and a non-conference game to Louisville 95-76. The Hoosiers have one more game left on this Road Trip From Hell, and if we don't win this one I don't know what to say. Yep, you guessed it. The last game of this road trip is at Northwestern. I'm sure I'm not the only IU fan who can't wait until the Hoosiers can come play at home. At least at Assembly Hall, we're still undefeated!
**I don't think I can put the Purdue game into words. Yea, it really was THAT bad.
**The 14th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers have improved their record to 14-3 [4-1 Big Ten] after defeating Ohio State 69-51. What an intense game! Both Leach and Newton fouled out for the Hoosiers. Bracey Wright sat out his 3rd straight game because of his back injury. The Hoosiers next look to Saturday when they will take on the Purdue Boilermakers, whom the Hoosiers have already topped once this season. The game is at Mackey.. translation: don't hit any cows on the way there! ;)
**The Hoosiers are now 13-3 [3-1 Big Ten] after beating 8th-ranked Illinois at home Saturday, 74-66. Jeff Newton led the Hoosiers with 28 points and 11 rebounds and Bracey Wright sat out his second consecutive game due to a recurring back injury. Next up for the Hoosiers is Ohio State at Assembly Hall.
**18th ranked IU improved its record to 12-3 [2-1 in the Big Ten] by defeating Northwestern on January 15th, 71-57. Tom Coverdale surpassed the 1,000 point mark by scoring 19 points. He also dished out 10 assists. Kyle Hornsby also had a terrific game, scoring a career-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-6 from behind the arc. The Senior leadership from Coverdale and Hornsby is what Coach Davis has been asking for. Way to respond, guys! The Hoosiers will next host the Fightin' Illini on January 18th at 4:00 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.
**Staying undefeated in the Big Ten didn't last long for Indiana, who threw one away to Ohio State 69-81. The Hoosiers had a rough go of it from behind the arc, AND from the free throw line. The Hoosiers made just 12 free throws, as opposed to Ohio State's 27. Indiana was crushed in rebounding as well. Bracey Wright led the Hoosier scoring with 20 points, followed by Coverdale with 18 and Newton with 16. Newton, who sat out part of the game after injuring his ankle, was fouled out of the game with only a few minutes remaining. Up next for the Hoosiers is Northwestern on January 15th at 7:00. The Hoosiers are 11-3 and 1-1 in Big Ten play.
**And they're off! The Hoosiers opened up their Big Ten campaign with a 78-65 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions. Four players scored in double digits. Jeff Newton recorded his 8th double-double of the season [17 points, 12 rebounds], and Kyle Hornsby sparked the Hoosiers to life in the second half, scoring 7 straight points in the opening minutes. Hornsby also dished out a team-high 4 assists. Tom Coverdale added 14 points, and Bracey Wright [Big Ten Player of the Week for the second time this year!! Congrats!] knocked in another 17 points. Bracey has recorded double digit scoring efforts in all 13 games this season, and is the 4th highest scoring freshman in the nation. Congrats to the Hoosiers, who are 11-2 [1-0 in the Big Ten]!
**Keeping it up, the Hoosiers defeated Charlotte on January 4th at Assembly Hall [70-60]. The Hoosiers now stand at 10-2 on the season. Next up for Indiana is Penn State, which opens up Big Ten Conference play on January 8th.
**After losing their 2nd consecutive game at Temple [64-71], the Indiana Hoosiers traveled to Ball State on New Year's Eve to snap their losing streak. Bracey Wright really stepped up, matching his season high 31 points. Kyle Hornsby also added 14 points for the team, while Jeff Newton had his 7th double-double of the season. Of course, with Mike Davis serving a one-game suspension from the Kentucky game on December 21, John Treloar had to take over and subsequently gained his first win as a college head coach when the Hoosiers defeated Ball State 76-62. Coach Davis will return to lead the Hoosiers at home against Charlotte on January 4th. The Charlotte game is the last game before Big Ten Conference play opens up at Assembly Hall on January 8th against Penn State. The Hoosiers are now 9-2.
**The first fall of the season. And what a bummer it was. The Hoosiers were handed their first loss of the season by Kentucky, making them 8-1 on the regular season. Final score: 70-64. Unspeakable wrongs cost the Hoosiers bigtime. The officiating, much less than perfect [Actually, it just sucked]. And Mike Davis, running onto the court? This was NOT a pretty game, folks. Very disappointing. However the next 6 games, at least up until Illinois, should make the Hoosiers 14-1. Then, we'll see. So much for heading into the Big Ten undefeated, right Cov?
**6th ranked Indiana has knocked off Vanderbilt (73-56) and Purdue (66-63) to make them undefeated at 8-0. The Hoosiers will next face Kentucky in Louisville on Saturday, December 21 at 5:00 p.m. This game will be a big one, as the rivalry between IU and UK will be a big factor Saturday. IU has something to prove though, being defeated by the Wildcats in the 2001 and 2000 matchups. Let's get 'em boys!
**In the second home game of the season, the University of Illinois-Chicago visited the Hoosiers. IU shot much better than in the Maryland game, and had 4 players in double figures. Defense, including several rejections by Leach and Newton, along with overwhelming rebounding also helped lead Indiana to a huge 91-62 victory.
**Revenge is sweet for this Hoosier team. December 3 brought the ACC-Big Ten Challenge to Indianapolis as Indiana took on the Maryland Terrapins, the team they lost the National Championship to last season. The Hoosiers' shooting percentage, not even 30%, was appalling. But the Hoosiers held on with their defense and sent the game into overtime when a half-court shot by Blake [Maryland] was waved off. The Hoosiers rallied in overtime to come back and beat the Terps 80-74. How beautiful is that?
**On December 1, the Hoosiers came back to Assembly Hall for their home opener against North Texas. The Hoosiers got off to a relatively slow start and were not nearly as crisp as they were last week in Maui in the first half. However, they had a 27-33 lead at halftime, and from there stepped it up to shock North Texas. Freshman Bracey Wright led all scorers with 21 points, and the Hoosiers easily marched on to a 26 point victory. The final score was 84-58. This game marks Coach Davis' 50th victory as Head Coach of the Hoosiers, and also marks the 18th straight time that the Hoosiers have won their home opener.
**Congratulations to Senior Guard Tom Coverdale on his nominations for both the Senior CLASS Award and the John Wooden Award!