Tourney Dreams Dashed, Hoosiers fall to Minnesota

It was a simple task for Mike Davis's Indiana Hoosiers on Friday afternoon win and you can get in. However, the back side of that statement was lose and it's all over. Indiana came into the game flat, and could not get their game together, falling to the Gophers 71-55 in their opening game of the Big Ten Tournament

The Hoosiers had their chances during the game, but could not capitalize. Gopher big man, Jeff Hagan only played 20 minutes of the game due to foul trouble, but the Hoosiers were unable to capitalize on his absence. DJ White managed to score 21 points with nine rebounds and five blocks, but it wasn't enough for Indiana who struggled to score throughout the second half.

A big reason for the loss was poor shooting by the Hoosier guards. Indiana star, Bracey Wright, managed only 4-13 from the field, but did go 4-4 from the line. Robert Vaden also had a bad day for Indiana, managing to convert just 2 field goals in 13 attempts, and also bricked on five shots from behind the arc. White, Vaden, and Wright accounted for 42 of Indiana's 57 field goal attempts, and combined to shoot only 31%. As a whole, Indiana shot 33.3%, but struggled from the line, missing 9 of their 20 attempts.

The Hoosier defense was unable to discourage Minnesota during the game, as the Gophers shot 45.1% from the field, with a very good 6-12 from the three point arc. Minnesota also limited their turnovers, committing just 10 during the game. Vincent Grier led the Gophers with 16 points, scoring most of them in the second half, going 5-9 from the field. Dan Coleman, Brent Lawson, and Aaron Robinson also scored in double figures for Minnesota. The Gophers were able to spread the ball around and get plenty of different looks in the game, while Indiana relied too much on their big 3. Most of the Hoosier players looked alike, shaving their heads before the game, but they were unable to gel as a team when they really needed to.

This loss shatters the Hoosier's dreams of securing an NCAA bid, and cements Minnesota's spot in the field. Indiana, now 15-13, is expected to gain an invite to the NIT, and could host opening round games.

The Hoosiers struggled when they needed to play their strongest, and it brought to an end, a rather disappointing season in Hoosierland. After missing the NCAA tournament for two straight years, Indiana coach Mike Davis will be feeling a lot of heat, and the administration could decide to make a change. No one in Indiana will go to sleep happy tonight as their Hoosiers squandered a chance to make the tournament after a great Big Ten season. What happens from here is yet to be seen. Top Stories