Found February 08, 2013 on Inside the Hall:
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — After leading by 14 points on two separate occasions, Indiana couldn’t hold on Thursday night at Assembly Hall and the No. 1 Hoosiers dropped their second conference game 74-72 to Illinois. The loss moved IU into a three-way tie with Michigan and Michigan State for the Big Ten lead. Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s loss to the Fighting Illini: · About that final play: Tyler Griffey’s game-winning, wide-open layup will get all of the headlines, but Indiana’s inability to put Illinois away when it had the chance is the real story of this loss. One particular sequence that stood out: The Hoosiers led 55-41 with 12:55 remaining following a Will Sheehey dunk. Hanner Mosquera-Perea was subbed in for Cody Zeller at the 12:45 mark and gave up a layup and then a 3-point play. The Hoosiers would extend the lead back to double digits on a couple more occasions, but when there’s blood in the water on the road, allowing an opponent to quickly regain mom...

Indiana collapses in final second

Cody Zeller is not going to enjoy reviewing this tape, nor is Victor Oladipo. IU had the ball in a tie game and could have had the final shot, but Oladipo lost his dribble and turned the ball over. Jordan Hulls played good defense to stop the breakaway for the win, and Oladipo recovered enough to block the shot out of bounds with 0.9 seconds left. Then this happened.

HD Video: IU players react to loss at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Christian Watford, Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls met with the media following No. 1 Indiana’s 74-72 loss to Illinois on Thursday at Assembly Hall. Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the embedded media player below:

Video: Illinois catches Indiana with their pants down in thrilling win

The top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers were hoping to get one last stop in regulation and force overtime in Champaign, and Christian Watford was positive that Tyler Griffey of the Illini wasn’t getting the ball. Why else would you leave your man wide open while the best shooter is actually inbounding the ball from the corner? Oh, this is why you don’t. Being #1 in the nation doesn...

Film Session: Breakdown of the breakdown

From the 2:49 mark onward, the Illini finished Thursday night’s upset on a 12-2 run (13-2 over the last 3:33). Beyond Indiana’s breakdown on the final play of the ballgame, the Hoosiers were also out-executed on D.J. Richardson’s back-to-back 3-pointers. A look at these three plays, as well as Indiana’s final possession in the latest edition of Film Session: I. FIRST RICHARDSON...

HD Video: Hoosiers preview trip to Champaign

Associate head coach Tim Buckley, Cody Zeller and Jeremy Hollowell met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to preview No. 1 Indiana’s Thursday showdown with Illinois in Champaign. Watch both press conferences in the embedded media players below:

College Basketball Plays – 2/7

While there is less games on Thursday the quality is a lot better. Check out who I like. Must Plays: Christian Wofford and Cody Zeller (Indiana) – Both Wofford and Zeller are must plays against an Illinois team that lacks post presence. Wofford is Mr. consistent; he has scored in double figures in 12 straight games. He is coming off a double double in the win over number 1 Michigan...

Buckeyes face tough test

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Desperate teams. Brutal scheduling. Plenty at stake. That's the state of the Big Ten just past the midpoint of a conference race that's lived up to its billing. That's Indiana at Ohio State Sunday. An early February game doesn't get much bigger. No. 1 Indiana comes in off a shocking loss Thursday night at Illinois. No. 10 Ohio State comes off an overtime...

What is wrong with college basketball?

Some call it parity, although that's being kind. Some chalk it up to the pressure, but that, too, doesn't tell the whole story. Some call it the curse of the one-and-done's, saying this was as predictable as the next full moon. Whatever you call it and whatever the cause, the truth of the matter is college basketball isn't very good right now. Want proof? Name...

After loss at Illinois, Hoosiers prepare for another road test at Ohio State

Two days after Indiana’s disappointing loss at Illinois, Tom Crean still felt like his team had wasted a great opportunity for a conference road win. But Crean knew it was important for his team to immediately shift its focus to Sunday’s opponent, Ohio State. The No. 1 Hoosiers practiced longer than usual on Friday and also had a lengthy team meeting to discuss what went wrong...

No. 1 Indiana Upset by Fighting Illini

Does anyone want to be No.1? Over the last five weeks the No. 1 team in the nation has fallen. Last week it was Michigan courtesy of the Hoosiers. This week the Hoosiers were looking to buck that trend, but first things first--they had to make it by the Fighting Illini. Looking at Illinois you would think that shouldn't be a problem. The Illini were 15-8 overall and just...

The Minute After: Illinois

Thoughts on a 74-72 loss at the hands of the Illini: “We didn’t put them away when we had the opportunity. That’s really the bottom line.” — Tom Crean The Illini hung tight, never letting the Hoosiers step on their throats, never letting this game reach blowout territory. So they would stay within striking distance all second half, the lead oscillating between 6-13 for...
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