NEW YORK — They pushed back and forth, from end to end, at the site of so many ticker-tape heavyweight fights, trading blows like prizefighters and waiting for the other to fall.
But Indiana could only stand so many punches on this night at Madison Square Garden.
Once the 3-pointers stopped falling and the turnovers became too much to overcome, the Hoosiers wilted late and fell to Louisville, 94-74, in the Jimmy V Classic.
Cardinals guard Terry Rozier led all scorers with 26 points, while Louisville star Montrezl Harrell added 21 points, dunking over Hoosiers almost at will, while breaking the Cardinals career dunks record in the process. The Hoosiers had no answer for the All-American forward even with one of — if not the — best night to date for Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
James Blackmon Jr. led Indiana (7-2) with 18 points, while Yogi Ferrell added 13 points and finished among four Hoosiers to score in double figures. Mosquera-Perea and Troy Williams each scored 10 points. IU returns home for a Saturday meeting with Grand Canyon at 5:30 at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers shot 47 percent (29-of-61) from the field, including 40 percent from 3-point range for the night. They had seven first-half 3s to keep them close, but went only 1-for-10 from long range in the second half.
“We never moved the ball the way we wanted to against them,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “It’s a matter of attacking, especially when you get across the court. We wanted to get the game moving. … We never reversed the ball enough.” (more…)
NEW YORK — The Big Ten continued its shift to the East Coast on Tuesday, announcing that it has reached an extensive agreement with Madison Square Garden to host the conference’s 2018 men’s basketball tournament, along with men’s basketball and hockey doubleheaders from 2016 through 2019.
It’s the latest push toward the east for a league that has added Maryland and Rutgers and announced that Washington D.C. will host the 2017 Big Ten Tournament all within the calendar year. The agreement with Madison Square Garden only means the Big Ten’s footprint is growing bigger with the league set to receive year-round branding opportunities at the fabled arena, including signage inside and outside of the facility and select media promotion in the heart of New York City.
“We are thrilled to establish this long-term partnership with Madison Square Garden, one of the most-revered brands and buildings in all of sports,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said. “This pairing is a natural fit for us as we continue to extend our brand and live in two regions of the country. The Garden has been the site of countless iconic moments throughout history, and we look forward to showcasing some of the best basketball and hockey programs in the country through this partnership.”
This news also means the 2017-18 conference season will begin in December to accommodate the Big East Tournament, which will continue to run through Selection Sunday. The Big Ten Tournament will start on Wednesday, Feb. 28 and run through Sunday, March 4, meaning all league teams will sit idle for more than a week before the start of the NCAA Tournament. (more…)
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Playing Louisville will be trial be fire for an Indiana squad still finding itself, Mike writes.
Tevin Coleman was not one of the three Heisman Trophy finalists named Monday despite his 2,000-yard season, Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana picked to upset Louisville among the weekly notes, from Seth Davis of SI.com.
Louisville is eager to test itself against IU and play at Madison Square Garden, Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal writes.
Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell will be the primary matchup problem for Indiana tonight, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Turnovers, 3-pointers and rebounding will the deciding factors for the Cardinals and Hoosiers, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.
Garden Party favors Louisville’s defense over Indiana’s offense, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Van Morrison performing “In the Garden” live at New York’s Beacon Theater in 1989.
Indiana’s Big Ten opener at Nebraska will tip off at 5:30 p.m. Eastern on New Year’s Eve, the program announced Monday.
The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.
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