Seeing Red: Will IU Basketball Fans Ever Like Tom Crean Again?
“Everybody’s expectations are the same—mine, Tom’s, Hoosier Nation, the players,” says Fred Glass. “Hang a sixth banner.”
Okay, so the Hoosiers didn’t finish their exciting 2012–13 season on the high note IU fans had hoped for. No need to belabor that point.
If you’re still scratching your head over how Indiana lost a big game and sole lead of the Big Ten in under one second—less time than you’ve already spent reading this post—then check out Buzzfeed’s frame-by-frame analysis of that final, unforgivable play, and trust that Cody Zeller will never let that happen again.
Coming into this season, it seemed the most likely NBA draft prospects among the current Hoosier lineup were Cody Zeller (duh!) and Kentucky-killer Christian Watford. But two games into IU’s Big Ten campaign, with today’s tough matchup against eighth-ranked Minnesota looming (noon, Big Ten Network), another player is getting all the buzz: Victor Oladipo.
Even Indiana fans must have known this day was coming. Rarely do teams run the gauntlet of a season without losing. But judging by the way Jordan Hulls angrily wrenched away from a teammate offering to console him following his failed (wide left) last shot in Butler’s upset of Indiana Saturday, I believe that Hoosier thought his team was going to win every game.