Dagger – Had Indiana clinched its first outright league title since 1993 by beating Ohio State, the Hoosiers could have celebrated in front of a sellout crowd by donning championship hats, cutting down the nets at Assembly Hall and hoisting a Big Ten trophy. Instead Indiana staggered to a surprising 67-58 loss Tuesday night … and still did all the rest of that stuff anyway. In a coronation that felt anticlimactic and ill-timed, Indiana president Michael McRobbie awarded the team with a silver Big Ten championship trophy at the end of senior night festivities even though the Hoosiers still have one more conference game to play. They’ve known they’ll have at least a share of the league title since Michigan State and Wisconsin both lost this past weekend, but they’ll only earn it outright by winning at Michigan on Sunday.
It’s unclear whose idea it was to celebrate the Big Ten title win or lose Tuesday night, but the impression many viewers were left with was that Indiana had no contingency plan for a home loss. “This is the epitome of bittersweet,” Indiana coach Tom Crean told reporters after the net-cutting was complete.
Too funny. Almost like Indiana is hell bent on getting everyone to hate them or something? Blatantly flopping. Being coached to flop in huddles. Cutting down nets after losing. Hoisting a Big 10 trophy that you didn’t win yet and might not even win outright. While wearing Big 10 championship hats that you didn’t earn. What the fuck. Bro I told you guys. You have a great team. I like your players. Oladipo’s the man. College hoops is better off with a good Indiana team. Why do you keep trying to ruin it?
PS- This block was something worth cutting the nets down about though: