With Maryland, Iowa losses, IU clinches share of Big Ten regular season title

  • 02/28/2016 6:52 pm in

It was a major weekend in the top half of the Big Ten standings even though Indiana didn’t play.

With Maryland’s loss on Saturday at Purdue and Iowa’s loss on Sunday at Ohio State, the Hoosiers have clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

This title is the 22nd conference crown for Indiana, tying Purdue for most all-time in the conference.

It’s also the second Big Ten title in the last four seasons under Tom Crean. In the 19 years before IU won the Big Ten title in 2013, it won the league just once (shared in 2002 with Illinois, Ohio State and Wisconsin).

Indiana can win the regular season crown outright with one win in its final two regular season games. The Hoosiers play at Iowa on Tuesday before hosting Maryland next Sunday at Assembly Hall.

An outright regular season title would clinch the top seed for the Hoosiers in the 2016 Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. The top seeded team will play on Friday, March 11 at noon ET.


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  • IUMIKE1

    It truly is a fun time to be a Hoosier bball fan and the players and coaching staff deserve more than a little bit of credit for the results that they’ve achieved this year. Have been doing a lot more reading and thinking and less commenting as of late. Thanks for the shout out though. Go Hoosiers !!

  • Oh criminy, yeah, meant Wiscy. 🙂 Edited.

  • Well, there’s what we would LIKE to see happen and what we at our most objective believe WILL happen. I’m all for winning out, and winning the BTT, and beating MSU in the BTT, and getting a #1 seed. And I think that’s all possible. But no matter how I slice it, I’m still nervous about playing a top 20 (15?) team on the road, particularly when that team has its back against the wall and needs the win to save its season.

  • Don’t think the NFL is equivalent, since an NFL team is not the coach’s team in the same sense as a college basketball team is the coach’s team. An NFL coach always takes the team he’s been given and does something with it. A college coach finds players (with help, of course, but the ultimate selection is his), recruits them, develops them, etc. There’s no general manager out there pulling the strings.

  • Except I read in another thread that he wasn’t in a boot yesterday.

  • Eljay

    I graduated in ’76. That was a magical team and season for IU—especially after the heart-wrenching end of the ’75 season.

    Didn’t get to Philly, but made every home game. Watching Quinn Buckner run that squad was like watching Peyton Manning run the Colts offense in his heyday.

    But you’re right, Ole Man: that ’76 team spoiled us.

  • Ole Man

    Well said, Koko.
    Definitely a roller coaster ride, complete with thrills, this season.
    Iowa will be desperate and get home cooking and it’s Senior Night.
    As much as I love IU, I think they’re lucky to keep it within 10.

  • Ole Man

    That had to be awesome…to get to see them so much in ’75 and in ’76!
    Wow!
    Yep; not taking anything away from Yogi, but Quinn is my all time number one at PG. Wish these young kids could have seen him.
    Then they’d understand.
    And yes, we were spoiled by those teams and the coaching they received.

  • Russ

    Just saw your comment. Moot now (obviously), but if IU lost out, and the other four teams won out, they would all have been tied, with IU having the worst record against those other four teams and thus the 5-seed.