That’s a wrap: Hoosiers fall in opening round of Big Ten Tournament

  • 03/12/2009 7:21 pm in

Predictably, there will be no March Madness for Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers.

Indiana (6-25) concluded the 2008-2009 campaign with a 66-51 loss to Penn State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The loss was the 10th straight for Indiana.

The result was never really in doubt as the Nittany Lions (22-10) opened the game with a 26-8 run and IU was never able to draw closer than nine the rest of the way.

“They’re a good team, ” Crean said. “Very well coached, as is the rest of this league. And I hope they get in the NCAA.”

Verdell Jones continued his late season breakout and was the only IU player in double figures with 23 points. Jones shot 7 of 11 from the field and hit 5 of 5 free throws.

“This season is definitely a learning experience,” Jones said. “But I think the most we got out of this season is if you work hard and listen to what the coaches say you can improve by leaps and bounds.”

Kyle Taber, Nick Williams and Daniel Moore added five points each. Taber, a former walk-on who played for four coaches at IU, reflected on his career after the loss.

“I’m sad to see it end, ” Taber said. “I mean, it was so much fun playing here at Indiana, and I was just glad to be a part of it for five years.”

Penn State advances to a quarterfinal game on Friday night at 9PM ET against Purdue. Jamelle Cornley led three Nittany Lion players in double figures with 22 points. Stanley Pringle added 16 points and David Jackson had 10.

Talor Battle, the Big Ten’s leading scorer with 17.3 points per game, was held to three points on just three shot attempts, but dished out six assists and had four steals.

Big Ten Tournament not so kind to Hoosiers: The loss against Penn State drops IU to 8-12 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. IU is now 13-6 in games played at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Dumes misses finale: Junior guard Devan Dumes did not dress and missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. Dumes finished the season as IU’s leading scorer at 12.7 ppg.

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  • HoosierDavey

    It is so strange to be feeling better at the end of this year when we only won 6 games, than I did at the end of last year when we won so many. A hopeful future makes a difference, I am thinking.

    Thanks for your hard work Hoosiers! Can't wait til Hoosier Hysteria!

  • Kelin Blab

    Well lets hope we never have to go down this path again….next season

    win 1/2 our games or slighty less
    Beat PU and Illannoy and I am happy……….

    Don't expect a 20 win season
    My starting lineup next year right now is…..

    G-Rivers
    G-Jones
    G-Dumes (Don't get down on devan, good kid, good player, he can help us next year)
    F-Wateford
    F Pritchard

  • GFDave

    Brutal.

  • BFowler

    R.I.P. 2008-09 Hoosiers

    May your pluck and spirit live forever. May your talent level improve over the summer. May your losses never be matched. May your turnovers not haunt you in the next incarnation. May your managers never see playing time in a meaningful game again.

    Bless you Kyle Taber, your contributions were well received. Bless you Tijan Jobe, may your fadeaway bring others joy when they watch the replay again and again. Bless you Verdell Jones III, your improvement has given us hope and chat room fodder for the months to come. Bless you Tom Crean, you have brought hope back to a demoralized fanbase.

    Until we see you again.

  • JerryCT

    In general I agree with your lineup but I question Dumes starting for one reason, “Hulls”.

    When Hulls plays I want experience in the backcourt and on the floor with him . So I rotate Hulls in the game with Dumes and Williams. Also, against bigger physical teams I start Capo for DUmes as well.

  • BeerTruck

    If anyone has any links to video of Jobe scoring (heck…of Jobe shooting), then please post. I missed nearly the entire game yesterday but I hear that T.J. threw one down!

  • Kelin Blab

    I hope like Hell Bawa is not Tijan 2.0, the lack of video on Bawa concerns me….”what are they hiding from us?” 🙂

    Although Bawa is a solid interivew and dresser….

  • dale11

    Off topic but I saw some comments from Dominique Ferguson from Lawrence North talking about how Bloomington South would be a much easier game than North Central. I would love to see South win that regional and absolutely destroy Lawrence North.

  • I've seen video of Bawa and he's not Jobe v.2. He's going to need some time, but his basketball skills and instincts are already light years ahead of Tijan.

  • Kelin Blab

    Gee I wonder how long before this gets put on the bulletin board……? LN and South would be the ideal finals match up

  • Indiana Red

    OK, I was at the game yesterday, and let me just say that Tijan's monster dunk (really, it was!) was the highlight of the game. The fans were asleep, the game was decided (seeing as it was after the tip-off), and that dunk got everyone cheering. It was hilarious and awesome at the same time. Other than that, the game couldn't end quick enough. Not even my candystriped warm-ups could help.

    Yes, RIP 2008-09 Hoosiers. The best memories will be locked away in the mind of a guy named Santa. Safe to say, it can ONLY get better next season.

  • cooper

    Glad its over. Very impressed with how Jones improved and improved greatly. Sadly I thought he was one of few players to really improve a great deal. Went from looking clueless to being by far the most consistent player. Now he just needs to get on the cream and the clear and put on about 20 lbs.

  • BFowler

    R.I.P. 2008-09 Hoosiers

    May your pluck and spirit live forever. May your talent level improve over the summer. May your losses never be matched. May your turnovers not haunt you in the next incarnation. May your managers never see playing time in a meaningful game again.

    Bless you Kyle Taber, your contributions were well received. Bless you Tijan Jobe, may your fadeaway bring others joy when they watch the replay again and again. Bless you Verdell Jones III, your improvement has given us hope and chat room fodder for the months to come. Bless you Tom Crean, you have brought hope back to a demoralized fanbase.

    Until we see you again.

  • mtmays

    I am glad it's over. That was a tough season.

    Let's set realistic expectations for next season. The Big Ten will be tough. Most of the best players in the league will return. If we are at .500 in the league next year Crean will be COY.

  • JerryCT

    In general I agree with your lineup but I question Dumes starting for one reason, “Hulls”.

    When Hulls plays I want experience in the backcourt and on the floor with him . So I rotate Hulls in the game with Dumes and Williams. Also, against bigger physical teams I start Capo for DUmes as well.

  • BeerTruck

    If anyone has any links to video of Jobe scoring (heck…of Jobe shooting), then please post. I missed nearly the entire game yesterday but I hear that T.J. threw one down!

  • Kelin Blab

    I hope like Hell Bawa is not Tijan 2.0, the lack of video on Bawa concerns me….”what are they hiding from us?” 🙂

    Although Bawa is a solid interivew and dresser….

  • dale11

    Off topic but I saw some comments from Dominique Ferguson from Lawrence North talking about how Bloomington South would be a much easier game than North Central. I would love to see South win that regional and absolutely destroy Lawrence North.

  • I've seen video of Bawa and he's not Jobe v.2. He's going to need some time, but his basketball skills and instincts are already light years ahead of Tijan.

  • Kelin Blab

    Gee I wonder how long before this gets put on the bulletin board……? LN and South would be the ideal finals match up

  • Indiana Red

    OK, I was at the game yesterday, and let me just say that Tijan's monster dunk (really, it was!) was the highlight of the game. The fans were asleep, the game was decided (seeing as it was after the tip-off), and that dunk got everyone cheering. It was hilarious and awesome at the same time. Other than that, the game couldn't end quick enough. Not even my candystriped warm-ups could help.

    Yes, RIP 2008-09 Hoosiers. The best memories will be locked away in the mind of a guy named Santa. Safe to say, it can ONLY get better next season.

  • cooper

    Glad its over. Very impressed with how Jones improved and improved greatly. Sadly I thought he was one of few players to really improve a great deal. Went from looking clueless to being by far the most consistent player. Now he just needs to get on the cream and the clear and put on about 20 lbs.