Found March 15, 2012 on Inside the Hall:
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Hoosiers know they have a daunting task ahead of them when they play No. 13 seed New Mexico State at 9:45 pm. today. But they also understand how special an opportunity it is to be in the NCAA Tournament, and they’re enjoying every second of it. The team flew into Portland Monday night, and Tom Crean gave his players most of Tuesday to tour the city and hangout together. Senior Kory Barnett, who used to live in the area, also took his teammates to some of the places he remembered going as a kid. “He’s always telling us where to go, where to eat,” said junior forward Derek Elston. The players also saw “Act of Valor” on Tuesday night, a new movie about Navy SEALs that go on a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. “It’s a big deal for us just to be able to hang out with each other,” said junior guard Jordan Hulls, “because it doesn’t happen too much when we’re going full blow into the Big Ten season.” Crean said days like Tuesday are the ones that bring teams

Video: Indiana players, Tom Crean press conference

Indiana’s Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller and coach Tom Crean met with the media on Thursday at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Watch both press conferences in the embedded media players below via IU Athletics on YouTube: A complete transcript is available after the jump. Q.  What have you observed about New Mexico State in the time you’ve watched them...

Jones can help Hoosiers by teaching Abell

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Verdell Jones. After four years of hard work and sacrifice, the senior guard won’t get to play when Indiana opens the NCAA Tournament against New Mexico State on Thursday night. It’s not fair. But beyond the sympathy surrounding Jones’ torn ACL, there’s a sizable void left on the Hoosiers roster. Jones not only gave the Hoosiers 7.5 points...

NMSU overmatched in first-round loss to Indiana

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Jordan Hulls went on a second-half shooting spree and finished with 22 points, and fourth-seeded Indiana rolled to an impressive 79-66 win over New Mexico State in the second round of the South Regional on Thursday night. Making its return after a four-year tournament absence, the Hoosiers (26-8) picked up their first tournament win since beating Gonzaga in...

Hoosiers not just happy to be in Big Dance

PORTLAND, Ore. — Midway through the first half against New Mexico State on Thursday night, Derek Elston found a wide open Cody Zeller under the basket. Before Zeller had even dunked the ball, Elston turned around and trotted the other way, spinning his arm in the air as he yelled “Let’s go baby!” There was no fear, no nerves. It was business as usual. But in the days leading...

Indiana back after drought, ready for NMSU

Four years might not constitute an NCAA tournament drought for many schools. At Indiana, that might as well be considered an eternity. So don't mind Hoosiers fans who are more than a little amped by the turnaround that has taken what was a gutted program a few years ago and turned it into a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament that is about to face No. 13 seed New Mexico State...

Notebook: Zeller shines on NCAA Tournament stage

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cody Zeller was asked on Wednesday if he was nervous to play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. His reply? Excited to be here, but not nervous at all. Maybe it’s having two older brothers who have been here before or just the remarkable poise he possesses for a 19-year old, but IU’s star freshman showed no nerves. He delivered his most well-rounded...

Hoosiers Rolling

Hoosiers RollingThe Indian Hoosiers in yesterday’s first round tournament game embarrassed the New Mexico State Aggies as they sent them home with a 13 point deficit, 79-66.  The Hoosiers have been absent from the big dance for the past four years and when coming into this years tourney, have made a promise to make it last. They have had a very tough season giving losses to many...

Podcast on the Brink: NCAA Tournament preview

The NCAA tournament is finally here. And for the first time in four years, the Hoosiers are in it. To preview March Madness, Podcast On The Brink hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein once again call up friend of the show Chronic Hoosier and discuss Indiana’s chances against New Mexico State. Later in the show, Inside the Hall’s Alex Bozich and Justin Albers check...

The Minute After: New Mexico State

Thoughts on a 79-66 win against the Aggies: This season has been a series of tests for the Hoosiers. An upset of No. 1 Kentucky had people intrigued. But doubts lingered. Could they win on the road in the Big Ten?  Could they win in the Big Ten? Wins against No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan State followed. So did a respectable road record. The Hoosiers answered those bells. And...

IU-New Mexico State Quick Recap and Postgame Show

Not only is Indiana back in the NCAA Tournament, Indiana is back in the win column in the NCAA Tournament. Since 1994, it’s been a rare season when we’ve been able to say that. Kudos to the Hoosiers tonight for beating a good but over-matched New Mexico State team exactly as they should have. Christian Watford provided an early lift and continued his strong, confident play....
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