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Indiana’s season ended with a whimper.
The offensive juice that the Hoosiers found only a day earlier disappeared by Friday evening. No. 3 seed IU managed only two hits in a 3-0 loss to No. 6 Maryland in a Big Ten Tournament elimination game at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park.
It was the third time in the last five games that the Hoosiers were shut out, failing to do so much as put a runner on second base. Indiana entered play sitting at No. 98 in the RPI, giving the program no chance of qualifying for a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
So IU’s season comes to a close with losses in six of its final seven games, a result of a punchless offensive slump that the Hoosiers ultimately couldn’t shake. They mustered 12 hits on the way to knocking out Nebraska on Thursday, but never threatened with its season once again on the line.
“It was a disappointing loss, a disappointing last 10 days of our season,” IU coach Chris Lemonis said. “We just didn’t finish the way we would’ve liked. We didn’t put ourselves in a really good spot to come down and not play to the best of our abilities. It’s disappointing to all of us.” (more…)
Berbary goes into detail about how she came up with the idea for her latest video. The Hoosiers posted a GPA of 3.6 to earn their second consecutive award. The staff found a very creative way to tell their team of the honor. Here’s a link to the IU women’s soccer video: http://bit.ly/1WQILQP
Logan Sowers snapped out of his slump and saved Indiana’s season.
The sophomore outfielder collected three hits, including the go-ahead single that helped the Hoosiers to a 6-2 win over Nebraska in an elimination game Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The loss sends the No. 2-seed Cornhuskers home, while the No. 3-seed Hoosiers prepare for the loser between No. 6 Maryland and No. 7 Michigan State on Friday at 6 p.m.
Sowers entered play without a hit across his past 23 at-bats before breaking out of the funk with three singles against Nebraska (37-20), which swept IU (32-23) last weekend in Lincoln. He fell behind 1-2 against Husker reliever Jeff Chesnut in the top of the seventh before roping the second of those singles into left field to drive in Colby Stratten and give IU a 3-2 lead. Sowers later came around on an opposite-field single by Luke Miller.
Sowers went 3-for-5, while Miller, Ryan Fineman and Austin Cangelosi each collected a pair of hits. The win broke a five-game losing streak for Indiana.
“The balls fell for us,” Sowers said. “Everybody contributed today. It seemed like a lot of guys had big hits. … It was a lot of guys doing their job, getting on and people were scoring them.” (more…)
IU Rowing Coach Steve Peterson talks about the NCAA Championships, what went wrong during last year’s trip and how he measures success.
Indiana players have spent the last week living out of suitcases in Nebraska. Another empty offensive showing in Omaha guarantees the Hoosiers a ticket home.
IU couldn’t solve Maryland ace Mike Shawaryn in its Big Ten Tournament opener, leaving the three-seed Hoosiers on the brink of elimination after their 5-3 loss to the six-seed Terrapins on Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
Shawaryn struck out 16 in a dominant, complete-game win for the Terps (29-25), who advance to face No. 7-seed Michigan State. Relegated to the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament, the punchless Hoosiers will get No. 2-seed Nebraska at 10 a.m. Thursday.
“We can pitch and defend, we just have to start getting some hits and getting some timely hits,” IU coach Chris Lemonis said. “We can match-up tomorrow and play, but it’s been a long 10 days of not a lot of offense. Our guys have to find some way to get that off their back and have some good at-bats tomorrow.”
Indiana (31-20) has now dropped five in a row — including a weekend sweep in Lincoln — as their NCAA Tournament hopes rest on thin ice. The Hoosiers won’t be able to qualify for a program-record fourth consecutive NCAA appearance unless they receive the Big Ten’s automatic bid. Earning that from here would set a precedent. Since the tournament expanded to eight teams in 2014, no program has made the championship game out of the loser’s bracket. (more…)
Troy Williams’ Indiana career is over.
The would-be senior forward will remain in the NBA Draft, according to multiple reports. Williams’ uncle, Boo, confirmed Williams’ decision to the Herald-Times.
After publicly maintaining he was split between returning to Bloomington for his final year of eligibility and beginning his professional career, Williams has made his mind. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is 11:59 tonight. Williams’ former teammate, James Blackmon Jr., announced his intention to return to IU earlier Wednesday.
Williams will be represented by agent Stephen Pina of ASM Sports.
Williams made it clear before last season that he hoped to test his NBA stock following his junior year. He has not graduated from Indiana, but Williams told reporters he is only two classes and an internship shy of doing so. Under IU’s Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, he will be able to return to school at any time in order to finish his degree.
“He thought he was ready, physically,” Boo Williams said. “He still has some things he needs to do, but this is what he wanted to do. I guess I’m a little bit more conservative — I’m old school — but this is what he wanted to do. I’ve been in this business long enough to know that if a kid is ready to go, he’s ready to go.” (more…)
James Blackmon Jr.’s NBA Draft process has run its course.
An Indiana spokesman confirmed Wednesday that Blackmon has withdrawn from the draft and will return to Indiana for his junior season, giving the Hoosiers a potential primary scoring threat in their backcourt.
The deadline to withdraw from the draft is tonight at 11:59 p.m. Now, the Hoosiers are waiting on an official decision from Troy Williams.
Blackmon announced late last month that he would test the waters of the NBA, using the process to interview with NBA front office personnel and receive the kind of direct feedback that is only afforded to those who declare for the draft. Five months removed from January surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, Blackmon was unable to work out for NBA teams, but expects to be cleared for full-court workouts at Indiana this summer. (more…)
Indiana is in line for some Thursday night football.
The Hoosiers will begin their season under the lights at Florida International, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Indiana announced the time and television assignment on Wednesday morning.
Four kickoff times are now official, including an 8 p.m. showdown with Michigan State on Oct. 1 at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers will host Nebraska for homecoming on Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. and will travel to Northwestern for the Wildcats’ homecoming on Oct. 22 at noon.
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The Big Ten confirmed Tuesday that IU and North Carolina will meet in this year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Here’s the full slate of games, which will air on the ESPN family of networks. Specific TV assignments and times will be announced at a later date.
Monday, Nov 28
Minnesota at Florida State
Wake Forest at Northwestern
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Syracuse at Wisconsin
Michigan State at Duke
Pittsburgh at Maryland
Iowa at Notre Dame
Georgia Tech at Penn State
NC State at Illinois
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Purdue at Louisville
North Carolina at Indiana
Ohio State at Virginia
Virginia Tech at Michigan
Rutgers at Miami
Nebraska at Clemson
Original story published Monday, 7:42 p.m.:
Indiana appears set for a rematch with North Carolina. (more…)
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Indiana will play at North Carolina State on Dec. 1 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
IU has won its last four Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups, including wins over Clemson (2012), Virginia Tech (2013), Boston College (2014) and Georgia Tech (2015). Last year, the Hoosiers beat the Yellow Jackets at Assembly Hall, 69-60, behind 22 points from Tyra Buss.
Big Ten/ACC Challenge pairings consider how teams finished in their conference the year before. The Hoosiers climbed to fourth place in last year’s Big Ten regular season standings, and now that gets them a matchup with a team that tied for fifth in the ACC in 2015-16.
The Wolfpack were led in ’15’-16 by redshirt junior Dominique Wilson, who averaged 15.3 points per game. Miah Spencher, another junior, produced 14.1 points per outing.
“NC State is a great matchup for us in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Coach (Wes) Moore has done a great job with their program,” IU head coach Teri Moren said in a statement. “They return the core of their lineup from a 20-win team, so it will be a challenging game for us. This is another top level opponent that will help prepare us for Big Ten play.”
Game times and broadcast details will be announced at a later date. Here are all of the pairings: (more…)
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