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Who-Who-Whoosiers?

“Part my hair like this, Coach?”

 

What is happening at Indiana?

 

If you missed it last night, the Fighting Zellers from Bloomington lost to Nebraska, 70-69.  This is the same Indiana team that, you might recall, used a Christian Watford junk shot (the “garbage three” kind, not the “Marquis Teague’s forearm” kind) to beat our beloved boys a few weeks ago.

 

Indiana, honestly, had been playing really well.  I hated watching our game against them, but I have to admit when a team plays really good basketball, and they did just that.  The Watford shot was the icing on the cake, but they put themselves in the position to win it, and came up money.  These things happen.  They didn’t beat just us, either; THE Ohio State Buckeyes also felt the cold sting of Victor Oladipo’s crazy circus shots, and lost 74-70 on New Year’s Eve.

 

Since those two great wins (three if you count Michigan, which is solidly “…mehh” this year), Indiana has undergone a Cardinal-esque collapse, losing not only last night to the Huskers, but also to Tubby’s Gophers at Assembly Hall.  Both of those teams, by the way, are 2-5 in the Big Ten.  Pretty piss-poor.  Oh, and one Jared Sullinger got something this year that we won’t: a rematch.  That didn’t go so well for Tom Crean and Co.

 

The question is, how does this make you feel?  The small, vindictive Corey wants to think that this is some sort of providential retribution–that Indiana is getting embarrassed themselves for embarrassing us on national television.  I wanted to believe that it serves them right for keeping us from being undefeated and an overwhelming #1, but really I think the answer is quite simpler than that.  And if Occam’s razor has taught me anything, it’s that the simplest answer is most often the correct one.  Also, it taught me to shave against the grain, and use some sort of lubricant if I want any skin left on my face.

 

Most likely, Indiana simply ran out of mojo.  Not the megalomaniacal monkey kind of mojo, but the “I’d-rather-be-lucky-than-good” kind of mojo.  The kind of mojo I have on my side whenever I win a game of ping pong.  Because I suck at ping pong.  I know I have no business winning those games, and every time I win I just wonder how long it’s going to take before it all goes away and I get demolished again.  I know it’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of time.

 

And that’s just about what happened with Indiana.  They were living above their means for too long, borrowing undeserved fortune, and it finally came time to pay their debts.  Like the nerdy guy who somehow gets a date with the prettiest girl in school (yes, that one you’re thinking of; she was really something, wasn’t she?), we all knew the romance wouldn’t last forever.  And it’d be a spectacle when it was over.  Well, it’s over now, and it’s ugly.  They may finish the season in the Top 25.  Maybe.  But gone are the days of Lunardi practically knighting them as a 2-seed.  I understand that they beat us fair and square, but this isn’t just sour grapes.  Kentucky has improved since that loss, and is playing better right now than they have all year (I literally just knocked on wood, so don’t blame me if something happens).  IU, conversely, is looking worse and worse.  I like Tom Crean’s middle-part as much as the next guy, but something’s going to have to change if they expect to get as far as the Sweet Sixteen this year.

 

Although, compared to their last few years, I suppose even getting to the tournament makes the season a great success.  So don’t worry about a thing Indiana.  You could not win another game and still have three more Ws than you did last year.  Baby steps, okay?

 

Finally, though, let’s not ignore the true low point: the Nebraska student section rushed the court after beating an Indiana team that had fallen out of the top ten and was already on a two-game losing streak.  At least when other teams rush the court on us, it’s because we’re ranked number one and are generally pretty stacked.  So Indiana can take solace, at least, in the fact that they were at least good enough to celebrate beating this year.  At least for a team like Nebraska.  Apart from that, it looks like their basketball goodwill is like Jeff Pearlman’s mom: all used up.

 

*Edit: I submitted this article last night at around 11:30.  Since then, Myron Medcalf has also expressed concern with Indiana’s future over on ESPN.com.  Panic time, Hoosiers?

Article written by Corey Nichols

58 Comments for Who-Who-Whoosiers?



  1. Nutwrap
    9:05 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hahahahahaha…all used up.



  2. Nutwrap
    9:06 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’ld rather my kids not attend college than go on a date with Pearlman’s mom.



  3. NYCWildcat
    9:08 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Indiana’s just a bunch of clowns.



  4. Kidnut
    9:08 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Whoah whoah whoah…please follow the advice of Mr. T
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_rBidCkJxo



  5. HOO HOO
    9:10 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Since when is a wide-open 3 a “garbage shot”? UK fans proving once again that they are all dumb hillbillies.



  6. DREWBLUE
    9:10 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Indiana VS Louisville NIT finals, or 1st round matchup?



  7. ktmiln2
    9:11 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Nice.

    5. HOO HOO- Reading comprehension and the ability to apply it will do wonders for your life.



  8. horny uk fan
    9:12 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    #5 is a douche! TROLL!!



  9. Guck Foodman.
    9:14 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Sure Indiana is falling apart and in a total collapse, but I think it is overstating it to compare them with UL. UL is in a state of collapse never before seen in any sport.



  10. Hoss
    9:18 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    5- build a statue of that play, dude. Worship it daily as your single string of modern relevance. B/c that’s exactly what it is.



  11. Stan
    9:20 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Years from now the players will be able to tell their Kid’s ” We beat the 2012 National Champions” Comparing them to Louisville isn’t fair, i am sure Crean can last more than 15 second’s…….sorry, shouldn’t have said that………NOT!!!!!!!!



  12. DoubleZeroMostel
    9:20 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    9, I’m pretty sure that award goes to the Boston Celtics this year.



  13. Mr. Obvious
    9:23 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Hoo Hoo…how about that 2-29 record in conference play for Crean and the Loo-Loo-Losers??



  14. Snoopaloop
    9:26 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    I hate Indiana with a passion, but #5 is right. Since when is a WIDE OPEN 3-pointer a garbage shot? I hated watching us go down to those candy striped ass clowns, but that was hardly a garbage shot.



  15. The Cheese
    9:26 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Jimmy Chitwood ain’t walkin through that door. Reality is hitting Indiana. Just go shrink back to irrelevance. You played that part so well.



  16. Smoke-Fire?
    9:27 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Yea, they are in a bit of a meltdown…
    stories of TC anger management help he got over the summer…
    student managers getting punched in the face? bizarre practices.

    Like I have always said he’s a Harbaugh Wannabee and the pressure
    to not be the stinkweed in the family garden will get him.

    Oh yea- he’s doing it the right way alright, clean as a whistle he’s not!



  17. Kyle
    9:28 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    #5 Looiser fan on a UK fansite. You must be a closet UK fan.



  18. Me
    9:29 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    1.19.12

    UK > uofl + iu



  19. uklumpy
    9:29 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    I know IU fans adore the movie Hoosiers, but bringing in Shooter (pictured behind Tom Crean) to sit on the bench is pushing it.



  20. catcrawler
    9:30 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Nebraska hadn’t beaten IU since 1920, so good for them.
    These 3 consecutive losses are simply “mean reversion” in statistics. IU is a good team, but that’s about it. They’ll beat Penn St this weekend then go to Wisconsin and lose and remain a little above the middle of the conference. Probably a #6 seed in the tourny..



  21. Rich Pitino has daddy issues
    9:33 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    #15. Awesome post



  22. brandon
    9:36 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Why does north carolina have their own blog on espn bb page?



  23. The Curse Lives!
    9:37 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Indiana now 0-3 since Sports Illustrated ran a story about Hoosier basketball being “back”.



  24. bung
    9:41 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    mkg was the running key in the second half…i am afraid we will go back to the plodding halfcourt game



  25. Al's IndiCats
    9:47 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Very Good CorEy, in fact I was thinking the same thing last night when “Brasky” stormed the floor saying to myself…How does that feel Hoo Hoo Hoosiers? Let’s all just PRAY Indiana’s playboy model didn’t get harmed in the rush to the floor!



  26. warrior
    9:49 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    i hate Alabama with every fiber of my body.



  27. Go Deep
    9:50 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Jimmy Chitwood isn’t walking through the door, but looks like the drunk assistant somehow got onto IU’s bench behind Crean.



  28. SexnNursinHomes
    9:51 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    iu was never back. and 5- that shot was garbage. used toilet paper garbage. He shoots that thing 50 more times in that situation and he hits maybe 3 of them.

    goin back.. goin back … back back….. to the N.I.T.



  29. Abe Froman
    9:51 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    #26 – Cool it. Save the hate for Louisville and Duke.



  30. DHo
    9:52 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    IU is getting a little taste of being the hunted now, plus they have just sucked on the road under Creamie, plus they have led the NCAA in 3 pt shooting pct and that just isn’t going to hold up. Add those together and you are gonna take some road losses (and a couple of ugly home defeats)
    It’s tough now that your fans expect to win every game and your are stuck with a losing record in conference.



  31. he says she
    9:57 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    The ending of the UK/IU game was all about lack of execution from Kentucky’s players — not fouling and allowing Watford an open look at the end. Better execution comes with more game situational experience. I wouldn’t call it a garbage shot. Maybe a slightly lucky shot.

    #5 (aka Douche): As for #5’s ridiculous correlation about “hillbillies” — You do remember how your idiotic, redneck, hick, frothing-at-the-mouth fanbase acted during the UK/IU game in December, don’t you? I guess that’s what happens when your crappy basketball program averages 9 wins a year over the previous three seasons. That and having Bobby Knight as your hero.

    Some of the most hilljack, redneck people live across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. All you have to do is watch the evening news in Louisville to see how often stupid and/or heinous crimes that are committed by Hoosiers every single day. Indiana has more than it’s fair share of ignorant hillbillies.



  32. Another Perspective
    9:57 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Nice “Occam’s Razor” reference although the sentence in which it was used is a bit redundant.



  33. Kwildcat
    9:58 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    DOUBLE BUTT CUT



  34. gabriel
    10:01 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    It has been 91 years since nebraska beat indiana. Other schools might challenge our rushing of commonwealth when we beat tennessee saying a less than mediocre team beat a mediocre team with a wide receiver as quarterback



  35. BROW-JONES
    10:03 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    BBN shouldnt worry about IU or post a blog about them



  36. Swasey
    10:04 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Rushing the court (or field) has become waaaay to common,
    Unless it’s the number 1 team in america losing to an unranked team
    It shouldn’t happen.



  37. he says she
    10:06 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    34. The difference is IU is a top 6 or 7 basketball program (tied for third in national championships). You don’t rush the court/field if you have a historically top tier program.



  38. Question
    10:32 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Honestly.. coming into this season IU was predicted to be a bubble team AT MOST. They should still be very happy with this year. It is nice though, living in southern indiana and hearing my iu buddies talk about national title hopes were getting weird. They really are delusional fans



  39. jackblue
    11:16 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    #5 summed it up, that’s what the hoosiers think of their southern neighbors, I worked in Indiana and I know. They look down their noses at us and really and truly dont like us, basketball has nothing to do with it.
    Things were getting rough in Assembly Hall when we played them, What if Cal had pulled our team off the floor? The national media would have had a field day. I was not at Florida St. but Assembly Hall seemed much more dangerous for fans and players.
    The only people that complained about “Ole Roy” were the parents of the walk-ons.



  40. Random
    11:17 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Honest question: what happened to Marc Maggard? Looking for a real response, not something about booking Mexican bands at a comedy club in Juarez.



  41. John Denver
    11:20 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Why do we care about an IU breakdown? More UK news please



  42. chuck verderber's shorts
    11:26 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Nebraska fans rushed the floor??? BWAHAHAHAHA! Bet Indiana fans were pissed about that! Karma’s a bitch, Hoosiers!



  43. Jimmy Chitwood
    11:41 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Exactly right #41. Why are UK fans worried about what happens to IU. Must me closet Hoosier fans like #17 Kyle suggest. Time to stop sulking about losing to the Hoosiers and move on.



  44. SleepieAce
    11:42 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #35. We played them. We lost. Move on.



  45. UKMathCat
    11:46 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    I haven’t read any of these other comments, but why the hell is this a post on KENTUCKY Sports Radio? It makes the whole fan base look incredibly petty. Just a month ago we were all taking about how little we care about IU and the rivalry. Let’s stop this crap and move on.



  46. MIKE
    11:58 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    5. DARREN SHARPER HOLD MY DDDDDDDDDDDDD <- thats what anthony davis would say about that. #anthonydavissaysshutup #browdown



  47. Grapevine
    11:58 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Corey Nichols is by far the best writer on this site



  48. wildbuck
    12:15 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Indiana hasn’t been relevant since the hairstyle Crean wears was in style.



  49. Laker Cat 18
    12:23 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    This guy has the greatest hair part in all of college basketball. At least he has that going for himself.



  50. Thingsthatdontexist
    12:26 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    …Louisville, Indiana, Jeff Pearlmans kid’s UK scholarship, Sypher’s baby bump…..
    point blank.



  51. LawrenceofLondon
    12:56 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    I stopped reading after seeing this: “I like Tom Crean’s middle-part as much as the next guy”. Sorry bro but you may be alone on this one.



  52. tangledupinblue
    1:01 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    indiana and louisville are killing our RPI !



  53. Head Bussa
    1:23 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, though. How could you wear that hair-style? Butt cut? For real? How could you look in the mirror and say that is acceptable for yourself?



  54. ILCatsFan
    2:04 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Like I said after IU beat us: IU will be lucky to go .500 in the Big Ten. If we played IU 10 more times, we would beat them 10 times. Thhe game in Bloomington was a classic trap game. It was a wake-up call of sorts for this team. There will be no more sneaking up on this team. You are going to have to truly outplay them to beat them now.



  55. You Stole That Part
    3:59 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Talkin bout the who-who-whoosiers? You stole that off me on Twittaaaaaa.



  56. Zo
    12:20 am January 20, 2012 Permalink

    Eat you some cream whosiers!Eat one…..Redneck [email protected]!!!!!!!!



  57. dukesofmaggard
    2:28 am January 20, 2012 Permalink

    These posts used to be unreadable but you’re doing a better job, keep it up.