Top-Seed Indiana Advances to B1G Tournament Semifinal
March 15, 2013
THE OPENING TIP: The Indiana men's basketball team is the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament - for the first time in the 16-year history of the event - after winning its 21st Big Ten Championship with a 14-4 record. IU advances to the Big Ten Tournament semifinal for the first time since 2006 and the fifth time overall.
The Hoosiers advanced to the semifinals after beating Illinois, 80-64. Last year, Wisconsin defeated Indiana, 79-71 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin defeated Indiana earlier this year, 64-59. IU leads the series 94-65.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS: By virtue of their 72-71 win at Michigan to close the regular season, Indiana won the Big Ten Championship outright for the first time since 1993. IU has shared titles in 1926, `28, `36, `57, `67, `74, `87, `91 and 2002. The Hoosiers have won outright crowns in 1953, `54, `58, `73, `75, `76, `80, `81, `83, `89, `93 and 2013.
INDIANA IS ... : Ranked No. 3 in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll this week. The Hoosiers have held the No. 1 spot for 10 weeks this season and 54 weeks all-time. This is the 31st straight week the Hoosiers have been nationally ranked, the most since IU appeared for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94.
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT ... : Indiana makes as strong a case as any for one of the top seeds in the 75th NCAA Tournament which begins next week. The Hoosiers won the outright regular season championship of the highest ranked conference in the country. IU is a nation's best 7-1 when facing a nationally ranked opponent this year, including a 5-0 mark against top 10 opposition with three of those wins (Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State) coming on the road. The Hoosiers also had the best conference road record in the country (along with Miami) among major college conferences with a 7-2 league road ledger. Looking at the current top 10, IU has a 6-1 record against those squads (also beat #5 Georgetown in Brooklyn before they were ranked).
COACH CREAN: Tom Crean is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers and has guided them to a 54-14 mark since the start of the 2011-12season and is 82-80 during his tenure at Indiana. He was named USBWA District V Coach of the Year earlier this week. He is 272-176 all-time as a head coach and has 13 wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons.
RECAPPING ILLINOIS: The Hoosiers never trailed in the 80-64 triumph over Illinois at the United Center in today's Big Ten Conference quarterfinal.
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