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    Go Hoosiers!

    April 24, 2002

    What a Run it Was...

    November 18, 2001
    The Hoosiers open the season with a come from behind victory at Charlotte. After trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half but outscored the 49ers down the stretch 35-19 to post the victory. Charlotte native George Leach proved to be the player of the game for the Hoosiers coming off the bench to score eight points, pull down seven rebounds and block four shots.

    November 21-24, 2001
    Indiana took part in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage and posted a 2-1 mark with wins over Alaska-Anchorage and Texas. Fans got a taste of what much of the season would be like from the three-point stripe as Indiana hit what was then a school record 16 three-pointers against Alaska and came back with 11 against Texas.

    November 28, 2001
    Continuing on a road trip that covered over 8,500 miles Indiana posted a three-point victory at North Carolina. A.J. Moye led the way with 20 points and six rebounds.

    December 4, 2001
    After six straight road games the Hoosiers finally made a home appearance against Notre Dame and posted a 76-75 victory. Jared Jeffries showed why he would later earn All-America honors with 28 points to lead Indiana to the victory.

    December 8, 2001
    It was Ball State, not Indiana that was ranked when the two teams met at Assembly Hall in early December. But, the Hoosiers made quick work of the 15th-ranked Cardinals posting a 13-point victory. Jared Jeffries led the way with 22 points.

    December 29, 2001
    Indiana ended its tough non-conference season with a two-point loss to Butler in the Hoosier Classic championship. The Hoosiers stood at 7-5 heading into Big Ten play and not many were giving them a chance to get to the top of the Big Ten standings.

    January 2, 2002
    The Hoosiers opened Big Ten play with a 15-point win at Northwestern and Jarrad Odle began what proved to be a magical season in his senior campaign. Odle came off the bench to score 16 points and pull down 15 rebounds.

    January 8, 2002
    The day Indiana named a new football head coach, proved to be a day that Michigan State would soon like to forget. Indiana jumped out to a 48-26 lead at the halftime lead and blew past the Spartans by 18 points. Tom Coverdale lit up the scoreboard with 22 points, including six three pointers. The Hoosiers connected on 14 shots from long range as Dane Fife added four threes of his own.

    January 13, 2002
    The Hoosiers faced their biggest road test of the Big Ten season when they traveled to Iowa City, but it did not prove to be much of a test at all as the Hoosiers handled the 13th-ranked Hawkeyes en route to an 11-point win. Jared Jeffries led the way with 26 points and Indiana was 4-0 in the conference.

    January 26, 2002
    The Hoosiers improved to 6-1 on the season with a dominating performance against No. 8 Illinois. Indiana connected on 17 three-pointers to set a new school record and won by 31 points, 88-57. Dane Fife led the way with 20 points on six three-pointers.

    January 31, 2002
    In the lone meeting between Indiana and Purdue the Hoosiers posted a 66-52 win behind 26 points from Jared Jeffries.

    February 5, 2002
    The Hoosiers got the clean sweep of Iowa when they posted a 28-point victory over the Hawkeyes in Assembly Hall. All five starters scored in double digits led by Kyle Hornsby's 15 points.

    February 20, 2002
    Indiana took over first place in the Big Ten with a 63-57 win against Ohio State. Jeff Newton came off the bench to lead the way with 16 points.

    March 2, 2002
    After back-to-back close road losses at Michigan State and Illinois the Hoosiers bounced back at home with a 79-67 victory over Nortwestern to capture a share of the Big Ten crown. Tom Coverdale led all scorers with 20 points.

    March 14, 2002
    After a heartbreaking loss in the Big Ten semifinals Indiana answered everyone's questions with a dominating 75-56 win over Utah in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tom Coverdale fought through an ankle injury he suffered in the second half to score a team-high 19 points. He also added eight rebounds.

    March 16, 2002
    The Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 76-67 win over UNC-Wilmington. It marked the first time since 1994 that Indiana moved onto the Sweet 16. Jared Jeffries anchored the Indiana offense with 22 points, 20 of them coming in the second half as he put the Hoosiers on his back.

    March 21, 2002
    It was the game no one thought Indiana could win, that is except for Indiana itself. The Hoosiers shocked the world with a 74-73 victory over top-ranked Duke to advance on to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils led by as many as 17 points but the Hoosiers fought back and a key baseline jumped by Tom Coverdale gave Indiana its first lead with under two minutes left. The Hoosiers kept everyone holding their breath in the game's final four seconds but when the final buzzer went off the court was covered in a see of red as Indiana posted the one-point victory. Jared Jeffries led the way with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

    March 23, 2002
    Indiana had no letdown after the historical win over Duke. It came out and dominated Kent State with one of the greatest three-point shooting performances in NCAA history. Indiana was 15-19 from beyond the arc to post an 81-69 victory over Kent State. Dane Fife led the way with 17 points, including five three pointers. Indiana did suffer a bit of a setback as Tom Coverdale suffered a new ankle injury. After the win Coverdal's ankle was the most tackled about ankle in the nation as the Hoosiers made their first trip to the Final Four since 1992.

    March 30, 2002
    The dream season continued. No one gave the Hoosiers a chance again, but again the Hoosiers proved the critics wrong with a 73-64 win over Oklahoma to advance to the NCAA Championship game for the first time since 1987. Jeff Newton, returning home to Atlanta, led the way with 19 points off the bench and the Hoosier defense, led by Dane Fife, shut down the Sooners. Oklahoma shot just 36.4 percent from the floor and its leading scorer Hollis Price was held to just six points, on 1-of-11 shooting.

    April 2, 2002
    The Hoosiers run finally came to an end as they fell to a talented Maryland squad 64-52. It was the final game for Jarrad Odle, Dane Fife and Jared Jeffries. Few will remember that the season ended with a loss. In fact the magical ride the Hoosiers went on is something no one has stopped talking about to this day.




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