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Indiana 69, Minnesota 55.

Better late than never. Here's the box score. Inside the Hall has gathered the Senior Night video clips in two posts.
This was a slow one, a 62 possession game. Minnesota's .883 points per possession was IU's second best defensive performance of the Big Ten season and offset a middling offensive performance. IU took much better care of the ball compared to the last game against Minnesota (only a 14.4 turnover percentage) and Minnesota turned the ball over 25 percent of the time. While IU shot only 38 percent from the field, IU shot only 40 percent, so who would have guess that turnovers would be a significant advantage for IU in a game against Minnesota? While the stats might suggest a comfortable win, the Gophers actually took the lead with 8:26 remaining in the game. It then was 47-46 Minnesota, but IU finished the game with a 23-8 run. Eric Gordon scored 12 of his 20 points after Minnesota's brief lead. While none of the games has been pretty, the 3-1 record in the post-Sampson portion of this season is about what would have been expected even if all the fireworks hadn't happened.
The individuals:
  • DJ White wasn't as dominant on the boards as he has been for most of the Big Ten season, but finished his Assembly Hall career with 17 points on 7-12 from the field.
  • As has become standard, Eric Gordon struggled from the field, but scored 20 points on 11 shots thanks to 12-14 from the line. As I mentioned above, he really picked it up in the final eight minutes. Still, four turnovers.
  • Armon Bassett had a rough shooting day, 3-11 from the field, but did score 11 points thanks to three pointers and a couple of free throws.
  • Jamarcus Ellis was great. 10 points on 7 shots, 13 rebounds, no turnovers, four steals.
I am typing this belated post-game entry just after Wisconsin beat Northwestern to clinch the outright Big Ten title. When Bo Ryan arrived in Madison, the Badgers had not won even a share of the Big Ten title since 1947. This is now the Badgers' third title in the last seven years, and their second outright title in the last six years. So, IU's quest for the first conference title in six years is over, and the chance for the first outright title since 1993 ended a few days ago. Still, if IU can win at Penn State, the #2 seed will be the Hoosiers' best seed in the 11 year history of the Big Ten Tournament. This team still has the opportunity to do some great things in both tournaments.