Sunday, February 27, 2011
IU Basketball -- Mercifully, The End Is Near; Track Success
Let's just get this Indiana basketball season over.
Why prolong the pain? The Hoosiers need a break, a lot of off-season individual work (can you say defense?) and some new players (thank heaven for Cody Zeller).
As for what's left of this season, well, at least we know, courtesy of guard Verdell Jones, that Indiana is tired of losing basketball games.
The problem is, there isn’t much the Hoosiers (12-17 with a six-game losing streak) can do about it. The make too many mistakes and the Big Ten is way too strong.
Losing at Ohio State 82-61 Sunday wasn’t a surprise. The Buckeyes (27-2) are aiming for a Big Ten title and will be ranked No. 1 today in the wake of Duke’s loss at Virginia Tech.
Still, IU’s poor shooting has become a major problem on top of defense that has been, to be diplomatic, erractic. Yes, Ohio State’s defense was a factor, but the Hoosiers missed enough open looks for three games. They wound up 20-for-52 (38.5 percent). The shooting woes even affected guard Jordan Hulls, who entered the game shooting 50.9 percent from the field. He was 1-for-9.
Jones was the scoring leader with 14 points, but was just 4-for-10 from the field. Christian Watford added 12 points, but was just 3-for-9. He had five turnovers.
This puts IU at 3-13 in the Big Ten. Yes, that is last in the conference. Iowa also is 3-13, but has the tiebreaker by sweeping Indiana.
The Hoosiers host No. 12 Wisconsin Thursday night and play at Illinois Saturday afternoon. They have no momentum and no real shot at winning either game. Right now it looks like they would open next week’s Big Ten tourney play against Penn State, but that depends on what happens this week.
The merciful thing is, at least Indiana’s season will be over by next week.
Indiana’s women’s basketball team also has had a season to forget. It's reward is getting to open with Purdue on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Big Ten tourney at Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Hoosiers finished 9-19 during the regular season, 3-13 in Big Ten play to get the No. 10 seed. Purdue went 19-10 overall and 9-7 in the conference and are the No. 7 seed.
Michigan State is the No. 1 seed. It went 13-3 in conference action and 25-4 overall.
IU has won this event once – in 2002.
IU got four individual winners en route to a runner-up finish in the Big Ten men’s indoor track meet at Illinois. It was the Hoosiers’ best team performance since winning in 2005.
Derek Drouin won the high jump, Andrew Poore won the 5,000 meters, Andy Bayer won the 3,000 meters and Kind Butler won the 200 meters.
The Hoosiers finished with 104.5 team points. Minnesota won with 117.333
Also, IU’s women’s track team finished fifth at the Big Ten indoor meet. Faith Sherrill won the shot put and finished fourth in the weight throw. Emma Kimoto tied for fourth in the high jump. Monique Riddick took second in the shot put.