2015 Big Ten tournament bracket set, Indiana to open on Thursday against Northwestern

  • 03/08/2015 9:45 pm in

Regular season play is now complete and Indiana will open the Big Ten tournament on Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 against Northwestern with the winner facing second-seeded Maryland on Friday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN.

Indiana is the No. 7 seed and will be the home team on Thursday at the United Center, which means the Hoosiers will wear the cream version of the adidas heritage uniforms.

The full Big Ten tournament bracket is available after the jump.

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  • SCHoosier

    Yea our ‘savior” had 1 pt and a couple of rebounds and looked by he was really gutting it out on heart alone. Perea’s the one that has to step up..quit with the early fouls..MHP actually scored off passes into the post twice Sat.other than that the Hoosiers were too busy dribbling to look for him.

  • millzy32

    Not that it really matters but it’s basically a home game again for Northwestern up in Chi town. I say not that it matters since IU fans usually outnumber NW fans even at NW but we still lost anyway. They are a bad matchup for IU. They have a big which we don’t and they can also shoot with us from the outside. Won’t be easy.

  • IUMIKE1

    I fully expect Crean to employ the same game plan as he used the first time we played them. After listening to his presser after that game it seemed to me that he was fully under the impression that the only reason that we lost the game was because we didn’t shoot a hit a lot of shots that we normally do and that everything else we done was at an acceptable level. I’m not saying that it’s impossible to beat NW with the same game plan, cause we might get hot enough from behind the arc for it to happen, but if that ends up being what happens, it will be fool’s gold for anyone to think that we have gotten it turned back around.

  • millzy32

    Insert bad team name here because they have all beaten us in the B1G tourney. Who has the stats for overall B1G tourney performance we have to be at or near the very bottom of the B1G all time.

  • SCHoosier

    Maybe in Olah oversleeps , Demps get the flu and the Hoosiers can defend the three in their zone…maybe??? You would think IU is ready for a good shooting game..but then there’s our “defense” which NW ripped for 40 pts in the first half up there. Hoosiers win I will be delightfully impressed and surprised..but of course I’m a rootin’ for them.

  • ForeverIU

    A Tale of Two Cities (or should I say A Tale of Two Teams?):

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

    Here’s to a “spring of hope”!

  • IUMIKE1

    6. Crean must not play 10 to 12 players in the first half OR the second half.

  • Arch Puddington

    “possibly the best back court in America”

    Can’t agree. Both individually and as a group our back court is among the worst in major college basketball defensively. JBJ and Zeisloft are essentially not up to the task of guarding B1G players, and Yogi, Stan, and RJ are all mediocre at best.

    A couple of our players do shoot well (sadly, Blackmon is not one of them; by my count he only hit 33% of his three point shots in conference play, and only hit better than 40% 5 times in 17 games. Something has spooked him, and if he were a golfer we’d say he has the yips), and Yogi is an excellent all around PG. But no back court as porous defensively as ours can be considered among the best in the country.

  • millzy32

    Good thing it’s the March Hoosiers we’ll be watching:) Unfortunately they are 0-2 so far.

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah but he hadn’t yet watched the video when you heard him in that presser. LOL!

  • millzy32

    It’s pretty bad when we actually think yes maybe we can beat that formidable Northwestern team that’s tenth in the B1G and we aren’t trying to make a funny joke.

  • inLinE6

    Why not sit a guard and let Williams play 3? IMHO Blackmon does not deserve a starting spot if we want to be a real competitive team.

  • Dooteetime

    I agree IU should press all game long. Use our quickness to our advantage and make them uncomfortable! GO IU!

  • banarish

    PLEASE, just win.

  • bvillehoosier

    I’ve always wondered the same thing.

  • bvillehoosier

    There’s about as much chance of Crean pressing the whole game as there is of you or I being named the next head basketball coach at IU

  • E Foy McNaughton

    IF he were to put in a full court all on press from the tip, I’d be fine with playing 10-12 players in both halves.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    CTC has not shown any ability to adapt defensively, so sadly, you are likely correct.

  • Kent Hyslop

    So..”Help is on the way”????

  • Bryan

    Platoons – clearly the only way to handle crazy substitution patterns is to acquire so much talent as to make them inconsequential.

  • Bryan

    Yeah, plus I think Matur Maker is a package deal, so you’re signing him if you get Thon. Given a team with no seniors, and two incoming commitments, you are already talking about unplanned roster turnover, at which point the team is “young again,” and “surely cannot be counted on to do much.” The cycle of perpetual lack of continuity continues.

  • Bryan

    Nevermind, Matur’s a year out still. The point about frequent rebooting stands though.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    why don’t we try ball presssure and go MAN TO MAN, instead of swithcing to the point of no one knows what they are doing, we are quick enough to press some or at least pick up at half court. please make the other team at least a little uncomfortable

  • MrNobody

    For all the touting of how fast a team we are how come so many rebounds and loose balls bounce around the court that the other team gets to with little resistance. Also I am flat out tired of watching guys lay it in with people standing right there without even jumping (HMP and TW) are terrible at this. Off the path here but just watched Izzo talking about CTC after the game. I am puzzled by his lack of adjusting and sucking up to some players who possible deserve bench time (or playing some who should not see time) but I am glad I am not the one deciding to pull the plug or not. Don’t know who we get that I would want. Don’t want to hear Shaka talk. Bad fit for IU bball IMHO.

  • bvillehoosier

    Agree on all points. Esp on Shaka. I don’t see him as a good fit

  • HoosierOz

    This HoosierKen attacked me on an article few days ago as well when I just had a mature, honest opinion. I completely agree with your comment Mike, NW is hot, IU is playing poorly and I wouldn’t be surprised if IU dropped this game on a neutral court. Doesn’t mean I’m rooting against the Hoosiers. And Ken, seriously, grow up or find another site.

  • bvillehoosier

    “No because, hear me out, that is what the other team EXPECTS me to do! So I am going to outsmart them by switching mid-possession! I can’t believe no other coach has thought of this. I must be really special.” -signed Tom Crean

  • IUMIKE1

    Exactly, I felt justified in saying that I went along with that excuse for an extended amount of time, but after 7 years the we are too young excuse being continually thrown out there has grown old and is not a justifiable excuse anymore, let alone for almost everything and every year. Once in a while for certain things, I can roll with, but not when it is trotted out as an excuse all the time.

  • IUMIKE1

    Me too, I guess maybe I subconsciously knew that would never happen when I typed that comment. That would give some rationale for playing that many guys in a single half and feeling like there was at least a little bit of rationale in how he subs would be a welcome change. Plus just changing it up and trying something different would also be a welcome change.

  • SilentBob

    I wouldn’t say press the whole game not even close. I think Crean is right in his thought that of not having an elite shot blocker in the back may cause more problems. Plus our transition defense is almost if not more pitiful than our half court defense. I’d like to see it maybe as a surprise attack, maybe used three to five times a half but not with great consistency.

    I would however love to see us maybe pick up some pressure around the half court line. This is a reason where I’d actually like to see more Stan Robinson. His length, speed, and strength would be a real problem or at least an annoyance for a lot of the smaller ball handlers in this league. Vic made a living doing that for us and helped lead to a lot of 8 – 0 runs. Also Troy has made some phenomenal plays at the top of our defense this year when he has been put in that position.

  • So now Oz you’re going to tell me I should find another site. There are as many IU advocates on here as there IU pessimists.. in fact maybe more. You’d really like that wouldn’t you? Then you could just throw your garbage out there unchallenged. You are the one that should grow up.. or find another team to root for.. never mine about the site.
    I really do not want to think that IU is imploding. o NW is hot? we should have won that game in Evanston. Listen these guys are so close to putting it together. Why do you always have to post the negative.. dooms day, the sky is falling stuff. I honestly believe we can pull it all together and make a run in this tourney. Yeah, there’s a side of me that’s afraid, they’ve become so used to losing, they are believing they’re going to lose.. and if that’s what they’re believing they will lose for sure. I just am really tired of you giys same old pessimistic comments.. Yeah, things do not lok good and haven’t for about ten games, but I believe we can turn this around. Heck, I may be wrong.. But you know what? I’d rather go through life believing that soe god may happen than living my life under a dark cloud. Go ahead, if that’s the way you choose to live your life.. It’s just not for me.

  • HoosierDawg

    x 1000

  • HoosierDawg

    Hey- these things always work themselves out…

  • Eastwood88_2

    And Iowa…. I don’t understand the bad matchup comment above. We pressure the ball we win.

  • Eastwood88_2

    Expect on the ball pressure based on tonights radio show… He might get the point

  • HoosierOz

    “Express your opinion”. That’s all I’ve asked for…add something to the conversation, give your opinion on the topic, etc. All I’ve read is you personally attacking and insulting other ITH commenters just because their honest, appropriate, mature opinion happens to be a negative one. If you don’t agree with our negative comments, ADD SOMETHING TO THE TOPIC INSTEAD OF PERSONALLY ATTACKING AND INSULTING. Tell us your argument for being positive. Give us your opinion on why you disagree with our negativity. Basically, do what you did in your above comment. Throwing only insults with absolutely nothing to add to the conversation is what I have an issue with. I’ve always been impressed with ITH and the level of knowledge and respect of the commenters because when people disagree they give a reason why; they don’t just blindly throw out insults like you’ve taken to for some reason.

  • jfelten

    Brad is not coming this off season. Sorry..

  • marcusgresham

    I’d be fine with a “no undershirt” memo.
    I blame that goofiness on Ewing and Mullin. I understand Pat Ewing wore one to soak up excess sweat when he had a fever, that makes sense; but then all the white acnefied guys like Chris Mullin started doing the same to cover their shoulder zits.
    I’m not really a fan of the jerseys that look like their just sleeveless shirts anyway (then again, nothing is worse than a men’s basketball jersey WITH sleeves.) They look like girls’ softball uniforms.

  • marcusgresham

    I agree he looked rough but he has a bone bruise, though, and nothing structurally wrong. Another week should give that plenty of time to heal sufficiently.

  • marcusgresham

    In fairness to Hanner, if guys did a better job of keeping in front of their men he wouldn’t pick up as many fouls trying to clean up other peoples’ messes.