In today’s Point/Counterpoint, we tackle a question that has already gotten some play in basketball circles across the nation – has Indiana really gone from an 11-7 Big Ten team to the best squad in the nation?
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In our season’s first basketball episode of “Big Ten Elite” on Friday at 10 p.m. ET right after the Indiana-Bryant men’s basketball on BTN/BTN2Go, we take a close look at at the second Bob Knight’s three national championship teams at Indiana. Just two years prior, Indiana didn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament. But with the arrival of star point guard Isiah Thomas the Hoosiers were back among the nation’s elite.
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The NCAA has agreed to reinstate two Indiana freshmen basketball players after they serve nine-game suspensions and repay a portion of the impermissible benefits they received before arriving on campus.
Here are a few individual highlights from Indiana’s exhibition game against Indiana Wesleyan on Thursday night, including a dunk, a newcomer’s jumper and a nice drive. Indiana won the game 86-57. For more stats and game details, check out the GameTracker at IUHoosiers.com, and see more videos in this post.
The exhibition season already has tipped off for Big Ten men’s hoops teams. Before the games start to count, though, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina wanted to offer his Big Ten players in the spotlight. Whether the players have big shoes to fill, they’re considered the missing piece or they’re coming off down years, Yarina offers one guy for every Big Ten team. See the list in this post.
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