FROM DUSTIN’S STORY FOR SUNDAY’S PAPER
The dog pile that ensued after Sam Travis caught Nick Ramos’ throw for the final out of Indiana’s 8-1 win over Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, apparently didn’t lead to a madhouse locker room afterward.
According to Indiana coach Tracy Smith, that was one of the most impressive things about what was one of the most meaningful victories in IU history.
The 17th-ranked Hoosiers took Indiana’s first outright Big Ten championship since 1932 mostly in stride, recognizing that there is still so much left for them to achieve. Next week, they get a shot at the Big Ten Tournament title and, regardless of what happens in that event, the Hoosiers will get a bid in the NCAA Tournament. Saturday’s win also makes it even more likely they will host one of the 16 regionals.
“I think it speaks a lot to their mind set,” IU coach Tracy Smith said. “We’re not satisfied. We knew we could do it. We’re glad it’s out of the way, but we’re not going absolutely crazy. … Guys are like ‘OK, check. We got that one.’ It’s cool. I’m very, very impressed. They honestly feel like they have a lot left to accomplish.”
Still, this, for them, is big. On the list of 10 goals the Hoosiers compiled at the beginning of the season, winning a Big Ten title was No. 1. And whether it led to a wild celebration or not, Smith is thrilled that whatever the Hoosiers accomplish or don’t accomplish in the postseason, they will be able to call themselves Big Ten champions.
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