WHAT HAPPENED: Michigan outworked Indiana on the offensive glass, dominated with second-chance opportunities and put away the Hoosiers, 82-57, in the Big Ten Tournament opener at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Wolverines finished with five players scoring in double figures, led by double-doubles from Cyesha Goree (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Nicole Elmblad (15 points, 11 rebounds). Alexis Gassion scored a team-high 12 points for Indiana. Michigan advances to the next round, where it will face Big Ten co-champion Michigan State Friday at 6:30 p.m. The postseason drought continues for the Hoosiers, who haven’t won a tournament game since 2008-09.
Michigan outscored Indiana 24-8 in second-chance points, 42-32 in the paint and 24-8 off turnovers. Michigan shot 50 percent (31-for-62) from the field, while Indiana shot 41 percent for the game (25-for-61). The Hoosiers struggled from the perimeter, where they fired at only 26 percent (5-for-19).
Indiana now returns home awaiting a postseason tournament bid. The team is not expected to learn of any potential WBI or WNIT bid until March 17 or 18.
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By the numbers
0 Nebraska was 0-5 in games played in Bloomington prior to Wednesday night’s victory over the Hoosiers.
1 Number of times Troy Williams has hit multiple 3-point shots in a game after hitting both attempts from distance against Nebraska.
50 Games scoring in double digits for senior Will Sheehey, with 17 of those games coming this season. Sheehey is now 43rd on the IU all-time scoring list with 1,090 points.
James Blackmon Jr., 6-3, G, Marion, 2014: Scored 34 points in the regular-season finale, a 99-69 win over Fort Wayne Snider, then posted 30 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 77-51 win over Logansport in the sectional opener Tuesday. Plays Friday night at 6 against host Kokomo in the sectional semifinals.
Robert Johnson, 6-3, G, Chesterfield, Va., Benedictine Prep, 2014: Had 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a 55-53 loss to Trinity in the Virginia state quarterfinals. Will cap the season by participating in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational in Washington, D.C., starting March 13.
Max Hoetzel, 6-7, F, Calabasas, Calif., Wilbraham and Monson Academy, 2014: Scored 10 points in a Class AA quarterfinal win over Marianapolis, 68-48, then had 10 more in the semifinals, a season-ending 61-37 loss to Kimball Union.
Recruit watch II
Amanda Cahill, 6-2, F, Clyde, Ohio, 2014: Closed out her high school career with 25 points and 18 rebounds in a 52-44 defeat in the district finals last Saturday. She finishes with a 99-6 record in four years.
Jess Walter, 5-11, G, Midland, Mich., 2014: Posted 10 points and two assists in a 39-29 Class A district semifinal win on Tuesday. Team lost in district final Thursday night, 70-65 in overtime.
Maura Muensterman, 6-0, G, Evansville Mater Dei, 2014: Led the Wildcats with 21 points in a 73-45 win over Chatard in the Class 3A semistate. Will have shot at winning a third straight state title this Saturday in Terre Haute after claiming the 2A crown the previous two years.
Jenna Allen, 6-3, C, Bedford North Lawrence, 2015: Scored 12 points in the No. 2 Stars’ 62-54 overtime victory over No. 1 Lawrence North in the Class 4A semistate. Will play for a second straight state crown Saturday in Terre Haute.
Michigan clinched its first outright Big Ten title since 1985-86 with a win on the road at Illinois on Tuesday night. So will the Wolverines cut down the nets with a win over Indiana on Saturday?
Not likely, according to coach John Beilein.
“I do not know that,” he said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I’m sure there will probably be a team (of U-M marketers) trying to put that together, and I’ll probably be the rain on the parade.”
FINAL: Michigan 82, Indiana 57. Hoosiers now return to Bloomington and wait for a tournament invitation. Indiana shot 41 percent on the night, but was only 26 percent (5-for-19) beyond the arc. Michigan outrebounded IU 42-31, including 12 on the offensive glass. Cyesha Goree (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Nicole Elmblad (15 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles. Alexis Gassion led IU with 12 points. Michigan dominated in second-chance points, 24-8. Also outscored Indiana in the paint, 42-32. Hoosiers finish with a .263 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Gassion had three 3s for Indiana.
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After previously refusing to take part in Adidas’s postseason uniform rollouts, Indiana will actually make a uniform change for this year’s Big Ten Tournament and only for that event.
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said IU has been working closely with Adidas on the design and agreed to take part because the uniforms are not that much different than their standard uniforms. The jerseys will actually be crimson and cream instead of varsity red and white, the home white jerseys will say “Hoosiers,” instead of Indiana and the words “Hurryin’ Hoosiers will be written on the waist band.
“We’re really excited about it,” athletic director Fred Glass said. “We think it’s a really good blend of old and new. And I feel like we are kind of the Hurryin’ Hoosiers again under Coach Crean, even though we weren’t so much in the Knight era, so I think it’s cool to have that on the waist band. We’ve been working with Adidas on this for a long time.”
The release from IU follows.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU Athletics and adidas have partnered to pay tribute to the unique history of IU basketball with special edition “Hurryin’ Hoosiers” Made In March basketball uniforms that will be worn at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on March 13th. These uniforms feature IU’s traditional cream and crimson color scheme, with the fabled “Hurryin’ Hoosiers” nickname placed on the inside collar of each jersey and on the back of the shorts. These Made in March uniforms will be worn exclusively during the Big Ten Tournament.
“Our players are excited to have something that will be unique to their time at Indiana,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “Great traditions like the candy stripe pants, the script Indiana, and the names not being on the back of their jerseys, are timeless and we are proud to uphold those every day.”
The collection was created to provide the Hoosiers with adidas’ most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology so they can take on the challenges of the intense play of March.
“Particularly given that our current style of play is reminiscent of the “Hurryin’ Hoosier” teams of the great Branch McCracken era, it is highly appropriate for our team to don these uniforms as a fun meld of our beloved and storied tradition with cutting edge design and uniform technology,” said Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. “It is no secret that we have shied away from special uniforms that depart dramatically from our traditional look. We are so appreciative to adidas for working with us to develop these fun and exciting, yet tradition-based uniforms,” said Glass.
Made in March Uniforms feature a functional perforated print pattern along the leg of the stretch woven short to enhance breathability and ventilation, keeping players cool as the clock winds down. adidas’ quick-drying jersey technology found in current NBA uniforms along with ClimaCool zones on the chest, back and side, move heat and moisture away from the body to keep the jersey light and dry during as players sweat.
I’m back again, you all are probably sick of me by now! I know it’s a tough day today after the hard fought game last night, but I would just like to thank the Seniors for all their hard work they’ve put in these last 4 years. Having been around those guys for so long and becoming good friends, I know how hard it has been to get to this point through both the good and the bad. They’ll be remembered forever in Indiana basketball history and I think they’ve represented our University very well and will continue to do so no matter what they decide to do in the future.
For today I will be sharing some photos of my trip to London, I felt like my mom because I took so many pictures. I don’t have too many other photos of Poland that I haven’t already shared and so that’s why I’m sharing pictures of my little trip instead of the place I actually am living. Perhaps later on before the end of the season I can get pictures of the gym and of some of the other surrounding places in my little city to show you all. For now, I hope you enjoy some of the cool sites I got to see while in London, I was fascinated by the architecture and all the history behind everything I got to see.
Let me know what you all might want me to talk about next! Thanks for tuning in!
— BuckingHam Palace
— Big Ben
— Took a tour of Chelsea’s soccer stadium
— Tower Bridge
— St. Pauls Cathedral & View from top after climbing a ridiculous amount of steps.. My favorite attraction because of the great detail in murals inside the Cathedral. We weren’t able to take photos inside the church, and I would’ve felt bad breaking rules since we were in a church… Parents raised me right I guess.
That’s enough photos for one blog I think, but I hope you got a glimpse of all the cool things I got to see. Was a great experience to see another part of the world while also being able to get a taste of home with all the people speaking English and having Chipotle…!
Until next time, Stay Classy BTown!
We’ll be here.