Found March 06, 2013 on
The Other Paper:
A frustrating and demoralizing loss — that prevented the Indiana basketball team from winning a Big Ten championship outright for the first time in 20 years — didn't stop coach Tom Crean from bringing out the ladders and cutting down the nets on Senior Night at Assembly Hall.
Hours after the 67-58 upset loss to Ohio State, and way past midnight, the Hoosiers players donned Big Ten championship hats (they are guaranteed co-champs) and went through the ritual of cutting down the nets in front of the nearly empty gym.
The surreal event — which I don't think anyone has ever seen before —came at about 12:43 a.m. and could be considered either a sad celebration or happy disappointment — depending on how you saw it.
One group who mostly saw the Monty Python in the moment were the Ohio State fans who lit up the feed at Buckeye Sports.com with snarky comments about clipping the nylon after a loss.
"Cut down the nets after a loss, now that's funny," said one.
"They are right now parading in downtown Bloomington," wrote another.
Coach Crean sounded like he just wanted to remind Indiana fans how far the program has come in the four years since he started coaching there — and reward the senior class of Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston who stuck it out.
"This is the epitome of bittersweet," coach Tom Crean said, when his press conference finally got underway at roughly 1:40 a.m. "We're trying to celebrate what these guys have earned, and at the same time we didn't earn it tonight. …
"There was no question we were going to [cut down the nets]. These guys have earned that. I have a responsibility to them. We're going to hang our own banner up there [in the rafters]. … They came in here and looked at those banners every day, and now they're going to get a chance to hang one."
The silence after the loss was only cut by heartfelt speeches by the seniors until the clock struck midnight and most of the Hoosier faithful —including Isaiah "Zeke" Thomas and John "Hurts So Bad" Melencamp — headed out into the cold. The net cutting took place later underneath the five national championship banners as a backdrop.
"You play in this league, you deserve to cut the nets down," said Crean. "There will be new nets up there tomorrow."
Hopefully, this net cutting after a loss thing doesn't catch on and become a trend. The next phase will be fans will storming the court before the game starts.
BEST OF MAXIM
My favorite color commentator in college basketball these days is Dan Dakich. He understands the game very well, and isn’t afraid to call out coaches, even though he was once part of the fraternity. Last night he gained even more points for being very candid about a claim from an Indiana student. During Tuesday’s telecast of the Indiana Hoosiers and Ohio State Buckeyes, Dakich...
Indiana’s Victor Oladipo has gone from relative obscurity last season to a potential lottery pick for this year’s upcoming NBA Draft. He’s been one of the most improved players in all of college basketball, and he’s a big reason IU is in play for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Despite the Hoosiers’ loss to Ohio State last night, Oladipo came away with the highlight...
Indiana's Victor Oladipo wanted to make sure that it was clear whwat his intentions were with this shot. I think it is pretty safe to say that everyone understands exactly what he wanted to do.
Indiana honored Hoosiers' stars Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo on Tuesday night for their 1,000th career point scored.
First of all, let’s tip our cap to Sports Illustrated for this great story looking into how a new fan tradition — waving giant heads to psyche out opponents — made its way into sports.
It’s a great piece, and a great take on both the fan spirit behind the tradition and the business moves that accompany such an idea.
Second, let’s pick apart one anecdote and make comments...
Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Cody Zeller met with the media Monday afternoon to preview Indiana’s game on Tuesday with Ohio State at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to their comments in the embedded media players below:
It should have been a big night for the Indiana Hoosiers. For the first time in 20 years they were going to win a conference championship. It was senior night as well; last game of the regular season in front of the home crowd. Their opponent on the night was tough; ranked, but the Hoosiers had beaten every ranked team they played this season.
So everything as looking good on...
Only nine days remain until Selection Sunday and with losses in two of its last three games, Indiana has an important stretch on the horizon if it hopes to open NCAA Tournament play as a No. 1 seed. The Hoosiers have already clinched a Big Ten regular season championship and can win it outright with a win on Sunday at Michigan. With just one regular season game and the Big Ten Tournament...
Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford met with the media following Indiana’s 67-58 loss to Ohio State on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to their comments in the embedded media player below:
With a chance to clinch an outright Big Ten championship on the line on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall, Indiana fell 67-58 to Ohio State. The loss sets up a must-win game on Sunday in Ann Arbor in order for the Hoosiers to avoid sharing the league title.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Buckeyes:
· Beyond Cody Zeller, Indiana was stymied by Ohio State’s defense...