Indiana’s Micah Johnson knows how to flash the leather. The second baseman can get creative with the glove, too, evidenced by his highlight-reel play Saturday against Michigan State. On a soft grounder by Anthony Cheky, Johnson charged the ball, fielded it, and with his momentum taking him toward home plate, decided to flip the ball out his glove to first base. It’s never easy directing the ball out of the glove, but Johnson got it done. Watch the play now.
Indiana trailed Purdue 3-0 heading into the ninth on Friday night in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, which meant it was time for the Hoosiers to follow baseball tradition and don the rally caps. That usually means players on the team that trails turn their hats inside out or turn them brim up so that they resemble a shark fin. But this Hoosier took it upon himself to not only wear multiple caps but also a snappy pair of glasses. It didn’t help this time as Indiana fell 3-0 to Purdue, but the Hoosiers get another chance to play Saturday.
No Big Ten basketball team had a better winning percentage at home during the 2011-12 season than Indiana (.947 percent), and a lot of the success can be attributed to the rabid fans who fill Assembly Hall every game. Even when Indiana was winning six games a season, the fans showed and gave their team a homecourt advantage. IUAthletics YouTube channel posted a cool time-lapse video of the school’s loyal fans, from the time the gates opened to just before tip. Watch the video in this post.
Indiana commit Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, a five-star point guard and the No. 17 overall player in his class, according to Rivals, had quite the (lucky) play in a recent state semifinal game for Park Tudor HS (Ind.). Let’s just say it was a heady pass, in that Ferrell left his feet, threw the ball off an opponent’s forehead, right to a teammate under the basket for an easy lay-up. Just as he planned it, right? Watch the video in this post.
It’s been a while since Indiana made it to the Sweet 16. The year was 2002, to be exact, and the Hoosiers advanced all the way to the national title game, where they lost to Maryland. Considering that, plus the program’s recent struggles, it comes as no surprise that Indiana was in the celebrating mood following its exciting comeback victory over VCU on Saturday night (recap). Watch the Hoosiers celebrate their long-awaited Sweet 16 berth in this post.
In his first NFL season, former Michigan QB Jim Harbaugh turned the San Francisco 49ers from a 6-10 team into a unit that was one game away from the Super Bowl. The success shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering what he accomplished at his previous stop: Stanford. So what does the reigning NFL coach of the year do when he finally has free time? Well, when your brother-in-law is Tom Crean and you’re visiting Assembly Hall — which he was Wednesday — you sit in on huddles and run the players’ stools on and off the floor during timeouts. Watch Harbaugh work as a team manager now.
Derek Elston averaged 2.6 points per game in Indiana’s first nine Big Ten games. On Sunday night against Iowa, the junior forward erupted for eight points in a 70-second span, hitting a 3-pointer, a deep jumper and another 3 on successive first-half possessions. The scoring spree not only marked Elston’s most points in a game since he totaled eight against Howard on Dec. 19, it also turned a tie game into an eight-point Indiana advantage. Oh, and for good measure, the junior blocked a shot to help create the final bucket of the outburst. Watch Elston’s rare explosion now and see Cody Zeller’s dunk-a-thon in this post.
During Thursday night’s game between Indiana and Minnesota at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, our BTN cameras caught two celebrities with some pretty good seats. Musician John Mellencamp and actress Meg Ryan were watching the game and BTN announcers Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson discussed it. Jackson: “I’m sure you got some of that John Mellencamp in your iPod, right?” Johnson: “I certainly do.”
Indiana’s Victor Oladipo has made himself a regular on our latest feature, “Did You See This?” Well, the Indiana sophomore was at again in Indiana’s upset of No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night (AP recap), tallying back-to-back steals that led to a pair of easy baskets, including a powerful dunk of his own on the second poach. Watch the terrific 20 seconds of game action from the Indiana sophomore right here. Think he enjoyed hanging on the rim there? We sure think so.
Night in and night out, Indiana’s Cody Zeller continues to dazzle and show why he was so highly recruited. The talented freshman entered Thursday night’s game against UMBC averaging 15.3 points, 7.4 rebounds 2.3 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Those numbers may get better following Thursday’s action. One thing’s for sure: Zeller added two more highlight-reel plays to his first-year resume tape. Watch his powerful jam, set up by a terrific pass from Victor Oladipo, and see his breakaway jam in this post.
It’s no secret that Indiana’s Victor Oladipo is a human highlight-reel, and the high-flying sophomore proved it again Saturday against No. 1 Kentucky. Oladipo, who always knows how to excite the crowd with impressive dunks, did it all by himself versus the defensive-minded Wildcats. From behind the arc, Oladipo drove the lane, blew by a couple defenders and threw down a powerful one-handed jam, posterizing Kentucky’s Darius Miller in the process. Watch the explosive dunk here. In a word, wow!
Down 72-70 to No. 1 Kentucky with 5.6 seconds left, Indiana had one last chance Saturday at Assembly Hall. Christian Watford inbounded to Verdell Jones, who drove the length of the court and kicked it back to a wide-open Watford for a potential game-winning 3-pointer. Watford, of course, drained the trey to give Indiana the big-time upset and send the Indiana faithful into an absolute frenzy. The fans stormed the court, making for one of the most memorable moments of the young season. Watch the entire play and celebration now.
At halftime of Sunday’s game against Stetson at Assembly Hall, Indiana honored its 1987 national championship team. Star and Big Ten icon Steve Alford was there, as was Keith Smart, the man who hit the game-winning jumper against Syracuse to clinch the national title, among others. Watch now as the school introduced its popular champions to the Assembly Hall faithful Sunday night. And the current Hoosiers treated the 1987 team to an easy 84-50 win. Check out the AP story from the game.
Indiana freshman Cody Zeller is off to a fabulous start to his college career. The highly touted Mr. Basketball has won each of the conference’s first two Freshman of the Week honors and a third could be on the way when the latest honors are released Monday morning. In Sunday night’s game against back-to-back national runner-up Butler, Zeller went for 16 points, two of which came on this emphatic reverse slam, eight rebounds, two blocks and three steals. It’s easy to see why Indiana fans are so excited about this kid. Watch the big-time dunk now.
Batman. Spiderman. You name it, there were costumes all over Assembly Hall on Saturday night. Halloween may have been a few weeks ago, but Indiana held “Superhero Night” for its game against Savannah State. The Hoosiers, behind freshman Cody Zeller’s 23 points, cruised to a 94-65 victory in front of the fun atmosphere. Watch a quick montage of some of the best costumes in Assembly Hall now.