Adidas on Thursday morning announced its 2015 Heritage uniforms, which Indiana will wear during the 2015 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.
The Hoosiers will have both cream and crimson alternate jerseys, and the shorts will feature five stars on the waistband — representing the Hoosiers’ five national championships.
“We are pleased to once again work with our apparel partner adidas to have a special uniform for the Big Ten Tournament,” IU vice president and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said, via a release. “We hope our fans particularly enjoy the throwback cream option as well as the five stars on the back of the trunks representing our five national championships.”
Fans will be allowed to purchase the alternate jerseys as early as Monday, March 2, via adidas.com or via the IU bookstore.
The full press release, along with more photos, are available after the jump:
Indiana found itself in an unfamiliar position on Wednesday night in Evanston, Ill.
With their shots not falling in the second half — whether it be layups, jumpers, 3-pointers and even free throws — the Hoosiers were forced to play through their longest rut of the season against a surging Northwestern squad.
This rut — a scoreless drought from the 13:23 mark to the 3:17 mark of the second half — was far too much for Indiana to overcome. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Hoosiers left Welsh-Ryan Arena with a 72-65 loss, their sixth in nine games on the road this season.
“The one thing we have got to learn is when the shots are not falling, you define how good a team you are going to be by still finding a way to win when it’s not there,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “And that’s where the defense, the rebounding, the stops, all those things come into it. And we’ve had some of that. Tonight we didn’t have that.”
Wednesday’s game was a story of two halves. The result was just overwhelmingly decided in the second.
EVANSTON, Ill. – Check out 20 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 72-65 loss to Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.
It took more than three years for Northwestern to earn a winning streak of at least three games against Big Ten opponents.
Tonight in Evanston, the Wildcats (13-14, 4-10) will be going for an even more impressive feat: their fourth straight Big Ten win. The last time they achieved that, their current coach Chris Collins wasn’t even born. They last did it in 1967.
Their opponent, who will be trying to prevent a four-game winning streak, is Indiana.
Heading into tonight’s game as the Hoosiers (19-9, 9-6) look to stop the Wildcats’ streak, they also have their sights set on their fourth road win of the season — something they have done just twice in Crean’s prior six years as Indiana’s head coach.
“It would be pretty important,” junior Yogi Ferrell said. “It would be our fourth road win game and our tenth win in the conference. So let’s get this win, especially get No. 20. It would be great for our team, a great push for us heading into our last part of the season.”
But there is no underestimating the Wildcats — at least not anymore.
For the fourth straight week, Indiana split a pair of games, but the Hoosiers remain in very good position to return to the NCAA tournament after missing the postseason last season. The Hoosiers enter Wednesday’s game against Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena with a 19-9 mark overall and a 9-6 record in Big Ten games.
We’re back this week with another edition of “March Watch,” which will be a weekly feature up until Selection Sunday on March 15. We’ll take a updated look at IU’s current nitty gritty profile, bracket projections, the Big Ten’s tournament prospects and more.
Indiana has built a strong tournament profile with several wins over teams currently projected to make the field including Butler, SMU, Ohio State and Maryland. IU also has a win over Illinois, which is right on the bubble line in most projections. With three conference games to go, including two at Assembly Hall against teams who could make the tournament, opportunities remain for Indiana to further strengthen its resume.
Indiana sophomore forward Collin Hartman, who left Sunday’s 84-54 win at Rutgers with an apparent left knee injury, is day-to-day according to Tom Crean. (Update: On Tuesday, Tom Crean said Hartman’s injury is a bone bruise to his lower leg.)
On his radio show Monday night, Crean said he was unsure whether Indiana would have Hartman, who spent Monday undergoing tests, for Wednesday’s trip to Northwestern. The suddenly hot Wildcats have won three straight games.
“It’s too early to tell. The doctors were in today,” Crean told Don Fischer. “His status is a little uncertain right now. Right now it’s going to be day-to-day for a bit.”
Hartman, who has come off the bench for Indiana’s last two games, played 11 minutes and went scoreless in IU’s win over the Scarlet Knights.
The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the eighth week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:
On Indiana relying mostly on shot attempts from behind the 3-point line and close to the rim and whether it’s a concerted effort to go away from the long 2-point jumper or just based on personnel:
“Well I think it’s a little bit of both and I think spacing has a lot to do with it and the penetration. The number one thing for us is to get through the paint. And so, we want to get to the rim, we want to put pressure on the rim, we want to be able to get to the free throw line and we play not only at the rim, but we’re trying to get a lot of cutting going when the ball is being driven. With that, it creates help situations when you’re getting the ball in the paint and that gives us a chance to play to our strength which is the 3-point shot. Certainly we’ll take pull-up jumpers, but the bottom line is getting clean, separated space shots, not shots that you have to manufacture and shots that are challenged and a lot of times when you’re sitting there in that 10, 12, 14 foot range, those shots are going to be challenged. So if you’re creating some help in that situation when you drive it, let’s make the kick for the open 3-point shot. That’s really what it has been more than anything else.”
On the health status of Collin Hartman:
“He’s sore this morning, but no, there’s no update past that right now.”