Hoosiers have reason to celebrate

January 5, 2009
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scottmayYes, there is some joy in Hoosierland today. And no it’s not because Pittsburgh is No. 1 in the college basketball poll. Well, actually that is the reason—kind of.

In a season that finds IU on the precipice of its worst men’s basketball season ever, college hoops prognosticators were beginning to rumble about the possibility of North Carolina becoming the first team since the 1976 Hoosiers to go undefeated. And while the likes of Scott May, who still lives in Bloomington, and Quinn Buckner, who works for the Indiana Pacers, say they don’t give such matters much thought, you can bet IU basketball fans do. It’s about all they have to hold onto at the moment—along with the hope that first-year coach Tom Crean has the team on the road to recovery.

And Hoosier marketers, like those for the Miami Dolphins, realized a long time ago there's solid equity in being the last to accomplish such a notable feat. It gets the institution's name blasted through the media in a positive way every time there's an occasion like this.

Well, Hoosier Nation, worry no more. The Champaign yesterday was uncorked for the glory of Old IU all up and down State Road 37 from Indianapolis to Bloomington as North Carolina was defeated by heavy underdog Boston College. And while Pitt is still undefeated, no one expects them to get through the Big East unscathed. Wake Forest, the nation’s No. 4 ranked team, also is undefeated, but with trips to Duke and UNC still on the schedule, the Hoosiers unblemished record appears safe.
  • Maybe, just maybe, it was worth mentioning in this article that Notre Dame, Butler, and Purdue are all ranked in the Top 20 (or 21, depending on the poll) at this point.
  • IU will pay for its sins for many years to come. Add to that their funky facilities and it doesn't spell a return to their glory days anytime soon. They will forever live in shame for what Brand did to a legendary coach.

    How many of those trustees that had accountability in these disasters are still in place? Ask yourself that and the answer is they deserve their fate. Sad to say that the state's name is still attached to such an athletically challenged, ultra liberal school.
  • Maybe, just maybe, GoIndyGo, that wasn't the point of the post at all. The point was about undefeated teams, and their relevance to the 76 IU team--and to the school's basketball program. The post was not about Indiana teams in the Top 25 in general.Thanks for your journalistic insight all the same.
  • Maybe GoIndy... because even when IU is down, they are still a bigger national basketball story than all three of those other schools.

    Its more of a sad statement on society, but if you took the average person off the street in NYC or California, most wouldnt even be able to tell you that any of those three schools are even in the state of Indiana.
  • Unfortunately, Ryan, most average people off the street in NYC or California probably couldn't tell you where Syracuse or California State were, either...........
  • Wasn't trying to be a jerk about it - probably was in a bad mood to be honest - but I simply was expecting a local sports blog to proclaim the fact that we have three of the top 20 teams in the country. I think it's something to be proud of, and I'm fairly certain it hasn't happened for a good long time.
  • We will be back. I say two years we crack the top 25.
  • Point taken, GoIndyGo. I do strive to cover all the Indiana schools and will continue to do so.
  • all schools uh? 4 out of the last 10 posts are about IU. In the past year there are zero Purdue stories that dont give equal share to IU. No posts on Purdue hiring Hope to replace Tiller. Be honest with yourself and admit this is a IU, Colts, and Pacers blog with a few race stories thrown in. Nothing wrong with that. The whole site is IU tilted.
  • Wouldn't if be nice if we could all appreciate the positive aspects of ALL teams and not have to rely on putting another team down as a way of feeling better about our chosen teams? I've noticed the cheapest route to feeling better about one's self is to feel NOT quite so positive about the other guy. Interesting how this permeates everything.
  • Adam, your point is not without merit. I will endeavor to be more inclusive in the future. There are certainly some sports business news angles to follow in West Lafayette.

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