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The Crimson Quarry Feb 27, 2015

SEEDING SCENARIOS: Who needs what over the last week for a Big Ten Tournament bye?

With a week left in the regular season, the Big Ten is a mess of twisted steel. But no worries! We're here to sort it all out for you. The last week of February has been a microcosm of this Big Ten basketball season. For everyone unexplainable loss, there's been another team just sitting, waiting to up the ante. Tuesday night gave us an unexpected Maryland home win over against the conference's overlords in Wisconsin. Indiana decided not to score points in the second half in Evanston Wednesday night, and then a classic SPARTY NOOOO occurred last night in East Lansing. What does it all...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 27, 2015

Hoosier Baseball Looks to Right the Ship in Charleston

Last weekend, Indiana suffered two bad losses in a round robin in Greenville, South Carolina. This weekend, as the Hoosiers travel to the Low Country, they look to get back on track against the College of Charleston Cougars. Last weekend's trip to the Palmetto State was overly disappointing, and enough to drop the Hoosiers out of the Top 40, as they dropped games to Presbyterian and Furman. This weekend, in a part of South Carolina where people actually go even when they aren't being forced to do so, Indiana is hoping to fix the problems that doomed them last weekend. IU had more errors in...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 27, 2015

B1G Time Weekend Preview

Where the Hoosiers have the whole weekend off to watch the rest of the league try to tear itself apart. Well, the chances of Indiana getting a double bye in Chicago are basically gone now (THANKS OBAMA NORTHWESTERN!), so rather than try and do the math that would allow us to somehow sneak into one of those slots, you get the top 3 teams in conference in action in this preview instead. Of the 5 games the conference is putting on this weekend, these are pretty clearly the 3 most important, and probably the most fun 3 to watch. Saturday Michigan @ #14 Maryland, Noon, ESPN Why it's important:...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 26, 2015

BUTTSTARS: Indiana unveils new uniforms for Big Ten Tournament

...and they're not as bad as we first thought. We showed you Indiana's new jerseys that were first unveiled by a Adidas tweet a few hours ago. They were... uniforms? Yeah, that, and not much else. Yeah, those don't look any different than the regular jerseys, right? Well now Indiana's chimed in with more photos, and I recant my earlier statement. HAWT. .@adidasHoops Unveils Heritage Uniform System for #iubb #GoIU Release: http://t.co/zq4ykn8CNe pic.twitter.com/nPJxkFZrl8 — IndianaMBB (@IndianaMBB) February 26, 2015 #BUTTSTARS They'll wear these three sets, deemed the Heritage...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 26, 2015

Northwestern beats Indiana: What went wrong? What have we learned?

A disappointing road loss in Evanston has me wondering what went wrong and what we've learned about the Hoosiers this season, if anything. After 29 games, what more have we really learned about this Indiana basketball team that we didn't know before the season started? Yes, this team can shoot. Yes, this team doesn't have much height. Yes, this team may not be best on the defensive side of the ball. And when any or all of these factors aren't clicking, the Hoosiers struggle. Especially when they're outside of Assembly Hall. We know all these things. Yet we are always shocked when the...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 25, 2015

Quick Reaction: Northwestern 72, Indiana 65

So. I FUCKING HATE @TOM CREAN!!!!! HE IS A WORTHLESS PIECE OF SHIT!!!!!!! I HZTETHIS MOTHER FUCKER!!!!! GET HIS ASS OUT OF BLOOMINGTON!! #IUBB — Scott Tackett (@Tackett_24) February 26, 2015 I'm going to bed. We'll talk in the morning.
The Crimson Quarry Feb 25, 2015

Does Tom Crean recruit the state of Indiana enough? Does it matter?

In the years after the Kelvin Sampson texting fiasco, the program cleansed itself and made a renewed dedication to recruit players that fit the Indiana mold. That meant locking up the state's homegrown talent first and foremost. While this effort was accomplished in the past, recent years have started to veer off into a different direction as the recruiting landscape has become more of a national picture than a local one. Is this a good or bad thing? Being the head basketball coach at a school like Indiana is a polarizing job. When you're ranked #1, you're just doing your job. When you're...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 25, 2015

Crimson Query with Inside NU

Zach Pereles from SB Nation blog Inside NU answered some questions about the Wildcats before tonight's game. In the Q&A, we discuss the team's current three-game winning streak, how Greensburg product Bryant McIntosh has fared this year, and the job that Chris Collins has done in Evanston. 1. Northwestern is currently enjoying a three-game win streak, after 10 straight B1G losses. What has prompted this late-season turnaround for the Wildcats, who won by 21 against Penn State over the weekend? Zach: There have been two big things that have prompted this turnaround. The return of Nathan...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 24, 2015

GROWING PAINS: Hoosiers struggle to overcome a litany of mistakes in SC

After opening weekend success at Stanford and a jump into the Top-25, Indiana baseball reminded us this weekend that they're still learning to adjust to life without five or six of the most successful players in program history. The Hoosiers dropped two games to lesser competition and nearly gave away the finale against Xavier. Woof. Ew. Yuck. Choose to describe Indiana baseball's troubling weekend however you please, but I'm going with "ouch." The losses to the Presbyterian Blue Hose (5-2) and the Furman Paladins (6-5 F/12) were defensive nightmares for the Hoosiers and were incredibly...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 24, 2015

LUNCHTIME LINK: Indiana Women take 2nd at Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship

For more detailed results, check out IU Athletics' complete recap here. The Indiana Women's Swimming and Diving team grabbed 2nd place at the 2015 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships. The Hoosiers finished 27.5 points behind Minnesota. Winning their events for the Hoosiers were Brooklynn Snodgrass in the 200 Backstroke, Gia Dalesandro in the 200 Butterfly, and Jessica Parratto in Platform Diving. Joining Snodgrass in the 200 Backstroke Championship Final were Allie Day (3rd place), Cynthia Pammett (4th place), Marie Chamberlain (7th place), and Justine Ress (8th place). Dorina...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 24, 2015

Game Preview: Northwestern Wildcats

Indiana heads to Evanston for their final true road game of the season, and the Wildcats are prepared to give the Hoosiers all they can handle. GAME INFO: Who? Northwestern Wildcats (13-14 (4-10), #111 KenPom)  v. Indiana Hoosiers (19-9 (9-6), #43 KenPom) When? Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 PM, Big Ten Network Vegas? TBA Pomeroy? INDIANA by 1, 56% chance of Indiana victory _______________________________________ The Final Road Test My how a couple of weeks can change perceptions. Two Sundays ago, Northwestern was on a ten-game losing streak with their last result being a 24-point home...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 23, 2015

Recruiting roundup: Rawle Alkins is (the most) valuable

The weather puts a damper on this week's games, while Rawle Alkins earns some well-deserved accolades. News, notes, and any other tidbits that deal with Hoosier recruiting targets - Juwan Morgan and Waynesville fell to Kickapoo (which has the phenomenal twitter handle of @PooBasketball) by a score of 76-67. Morgan led all scorers with 23. Waynesville's only other scheduled game was postponed until 2/25 due to inclement weather. - Both of O.G. Anunoby's games for Jefferson City this week were canceled due to freezing rain. - Rawle Alkins (2016 G, Middle Village, NY), the man with the...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 23, 2015

Big Ten power rankings head for the home stretch

Only two weeks left of conference play before the B1G Tournament starts! Time is running out on this year's season, so let's get right to the rankings this week. Tier 3: Autobids only 14. Rutgers (10-18, 2-13) (Previous: 14) If you thought IU's victory over Rutgers was bad, the Scarlet Knights had just come off a 34-point loss to Iowa three days earlier. For what Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack have put up with during their four years in Piscataway, they deserve a better send-off than how their team's been playing. The Rutgers mascot, however, deserves a raise. 13. Penn State (15-13, 3-12)...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 22, 2015

What did we learn: Indiana 84, Rutgers 54

Indiana blew Rutgers out in the RAC tonight. But did we learn anything from the victory? Find out below. 1. There was no letdown on the road after losing to Purdue at home. Many of us were worried about how Indiana would respond after Purdue got the brooms out on Thursday night in Assembly Hall. This was a long trip on short rest to New Jersey against a Rutgers team that gave IU all it could handle in Bloomington. But there was no Darkness on the Edge of Town in Piscataway, and in this game Indiana was playing like it was their Glory Days. Rutgers has now lost 11 straight, and a game...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 21, 2015

Game Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

IT'S A TRAP. GAME INFO: Who? Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-17, #204 KenPom)  v. Indiana Hoosiers (18-9 #51 KenPom) When? 5:15 PM, Big Ten Network Vegas? TBA Pomeroy? INDIANA by 6, 73% chance of Indiana victory _______________________________________ Doooooooooooooon't caaaaaaaaaaare After a tough to swallow / fathom sweep by arch rival Purdue, that spoiled Indiana's bid for a perfect home season in conference play, the fanbase's frustration and disappointment seems to be turning into a bit of a malaise. While the team remains firmly in in line for a bid to the NCAA Tournament,...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 20, 2015

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Indiana Baseball at First Pitch Invitational

After opening weekend success at Stanford, the Hoosiers head to Greenville, South Carolina for a round robin invitational where they should be favored to sweep the event. Here is a quick preview of the event and the opponents. WHAT: 2015 First Pitch Invitational. Part of the BB&T College Baseball at Fluor Field, the event is hosted by the Greenville Drive, a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and member of the South Atlantic league. WHO: Indiana, Xavier Musketeers, Presbyterian Blue Hose, and Furman Paladins. The four teams will play a round robin, with each team playing one game on...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 20, 2015

Big Ten Weekend Preview

Where the name of the game is positioning. Writing this article late Thursday night as I often tend to, it sometimes makes it much more difficult to write after certain games. Last night was one of those. But we must move on, for our own sanity, and because there's still a few weeks left to play before tournament time. This weekend brings us a full slate of games with teams still vying for position. Even at 8-6, Indiana is still in OK shape to try and fight for a double bye in the Big Ten Tourney, but the margin of error just got really slim. Wisconsin is (currently) 3 games clear of the...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 19, 2015

What Did We Learn: Purdue

Indiana falls short against Purdue, 63-67, as the Boilermakers earn a sweep in the first close game between the two rivals since 2010. Welllllllllllllp that sure did suck. Purdue has answered all lingering questions. The Boilermakers have been gaining steam since before their first win over Indiana, but bracketologist and national writers, alike, wanted to see them take the show on the road against someone with a pulse. They had beaten Northwestern and Rutgers in a pair of ugly games, but a win over a (likely) tourney-bound squad in Bloomington gave them the missing piece of their...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 19, 2015

Report: Indiana's 2015-16 basketball schedule features doubleheaders with Big Ten West opponents

With roster turnover across the conference in the offseason, that schedule should spell good news for Hoosier fans. Jeff Rabjohns just dropped Indiana's 2015-16 schedule of opponents over on Peegs.com. From his article: Home and road games:Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, WisconsinHome only:Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, PurdueRoad only:Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers While much is still left to be decided with roster turnover and recruiting, that's a pretty favorable draw for the Hoosiers' Big Ten slate next season. They'll get the "Big Ten West" version of the...
The Crimson Quarry Feb 19, 2015

11 photos of Matt Painter running the motion offense

ALL COACHES LOOK FUNNY NOT JUST OURS Seems like many of you enjoyed our "11 photos of Matt Painter pointing at things" post before the last IU-Purdue game. However, we here at TCQ are open to constructive criticism, and when our esteemed editor emeritus John M. suggested a change as to what Painter was saying in each photo, we listened. With IU and Purdue playing tonight, we have reflected John's suggestions. Thus, presented below are photos of Matt Painter while running the motion offense, and what he's saying in each. once again this is good #content 1. "MOVE!" 2. "MOVE!" 3....

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