IU Basketball: Games of the Decade

Bloomington - As the decade winds down, Hoosier Nation continues its series of rankings of the most memorable moments during the last 10 years. Today we look at the Hoosiers' 10 most memorable basketball games since 2000...

1. Indiana 74, No. 1 Duke 73, March 21, 2002 – Many thought that Coach Mike Krzyzewski's No. 1 Blue Devil team was among the best of all-time thanks to the presence of such standouts as Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy and Chris Duhon. But Indiana overcame 17-point first-half deficit and survived a near last-second collapse to upend the NCAA's No. 1 seed in Lexington. Jared Jeffries had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead Indiana. A pair of A.J. Moye free throws gave IU a four-point lead with 11 seconds remaining, but IU nearly blew the game when Dane Fife fouled Williams on a made 3-pointer with just seconds remaining. But Williams missed the free throw, Boozer missed an attempted put-back, and Indiana was in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993.

2. Indiana 81, Kent State 69, March 23, 2002 –With a Final Four berth on the line, Indiana scorched the Zips with 15-of-19 shooting from behind the 3-point arc to earn the trip to Atlanta. Dane Fife led Indiana with 17 points, including a 5-of-6 effort from behind the 3-point arc. Six different Hoosiers connected on at least one 3-pointer as IU established a new school record for 3-pointers made in a game. Kent State was led by current NFL standout tight end Antonio Gates, who scored 22 points in a losing effort.

3. Indiana 79, No. 20 Purdue 65, Feb. 29, 2000 – With Purdue's Big Ten regular season championship hopes on the line, No. 14 Indiana dashed those chances with a convincing 14-point win in the Hoosiers' regular season home finale. A.J. Guyton scored 17 while Lynn Washington added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. The victory's significance was much more than just knocking Purdue out of the Big Ten championship chase – it also proved to be the final game that Bob Knight coached at Assembly Hall.

4. Indiana 59, No. 1 Michigan State 58, Jan. 7, 2001 – With the game clock winding down, Kyle Hornsby zipped a pass to Kirk Haston who elevated and drained a 21-footer at the buzzer to give IU its first win over a No. 1 team in more than a decade. The win lifted the Hoosiers to 10-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten and helped propel them to a 10-6 Big Ten regular season mark that ultimately landed Mike Davis the full-time coaching job at IU.

5. Indiana 73, Oklahoma 64, March 30, 2002 – Atlanta native Jeff Newton led the Hoosiers with 19 points as IU advanced to its sixth NCAA championship game with a nine-point win over future Hoosier coach Kelvin Sampson's Oklahoma squad. With the game tied 60-60 with 3:26 left, Indiana outscored the Sooners 13-4 down the stretch. In addition to Newton's play off the bench, Indiana also got 10 points from freshman reserve guard Donald Perry who filled in for a hobbled Tom Coverdale.

6. Indiana 79, Kentucky 53, Dec. 10, 2005 – After enduring five straight losses to its rival, Indiana and Coach Mike Davis turned the tables in Indianapolis. Marco Killingsworth had 23 points and 11 rebounds, while A.J. Ratliff added 21 points as Indiana came away with its most lopsided win in the history of the IU-UK series. Kentucky made just 2-of-27 shots from behind the 3-point arc in the contest and turned the ball over 19 times compared to just four assists.

7. Indiana 58, No. 4 Illinois 56, March 10, 2001 – Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Williams drove the length of the floor, elevated, and had his last-second potential game-tying lay-up blocked by Kirk Haston as Indiana upset the top-seeded Illini in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The win was Indiana's ninth in 11 games and propelled the Hoosiers to their first-ever Big Ten Tournament title game. This Illini loss, meanwhile, dropped Coach Bill Self's team from a probable No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Coverdale had 17 points to lead IU, while Haston added 16 points and three blocks.

8. Indiana 80, No. 9 Maryland 74 (OT), Dec. 3, 2002 – In a rematch of the 2002 NCAA title game, No. 11 Indiana got a career-high 30 points from Tom Coverdale and 19 more from freshman Bracey Wright top the Terps in Indianapolis in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Indiana missed 20 of its first 23 shots in the game and landed in a 14-point hole before mounting a comeback. Maryland's Steve Blake led Coach Gary Williams' team with 22 points and nearly won the game when his halfcourt heave at the end of regulation swished through. But game officials determined the shot came after the horn, and IU went on to the overtime win.

9. Indiana 83, Illinois 79 (2 OT), Feb. 7, 2007 – In Eric Gordon's one and only trip to Champaign, the Hoosier freshman banked in a late 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and Armon Bassett went on to score 11 points in the second overtime to lead Indiana to a come-from-behind win. This was one of the most anticipated Indiana games in years thanks to Gordon's decision to back out of his Illinois commitment and sign with Indiana. Gordon scored a team-high 19 points in the game while dealing with nearly two hours of jeers from an Illini crowd that hadn't forgotten about his decision to back out of his Illinois commitment.

10. Indiana 74, Pitt 64, Dec. 8, 2009 – Indiana's surprisingly easy 10-point win over the Panthers in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden earlier this month provided some evidence that IU Coach Tom Crean's reclamation project is taking some significant steps forward. Before that win, Crean's nine victories in Bloomington had come against USC-Upstate, Howard, Iowa, TCU, Cornell, Chaminade, IUPUI and Northwestern State (twice).But the victory against Pitt – a team that was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last March – suggested Indiana is on the right path. Verdell Jones led Indiana with 18, while Christian Watford added 18.

A Couple of Other Memorable Wins:
Indiana 81, No. 5 Michigan State 79 (OT), Feb. 26, 2000 – In Knight's second-to-last game at Assembly Hall, A.J. Guyton scores 34 and Lynn Washington puts back a Guyton miss with 0.5 remaining in overtime to give Indiana the win.

Indiana 79, No. 13 Iowa 66, Jan. 13, 2002 – The Hoosiers stun Steve Alford's 13th-ranked Hawkeyes on Iowa City in a game that helped propel the Hoosiers to the Big Ten regular season title.

Indiana 88, No. 9 Illinois 57, Jan. 26, 2002 - Dane Five hit six 3-pointers, Kyle Hornsby five, and Tom Coverdale four as the Hoosiers destroyed the ninth-ranked Illini in Bloomington.

Indiana 80, No. 9 Michigan State 61, Feb. 16, 2008 – Three days after the NCAA accused Sampson and his staff of five major recruiting violations, No. 13 Indiana managed to set aside the turmoil and cruise to a surprisingly easy 80-61 win over No. 9 Michigan State to improve to 10-2 in the Big Ten.


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