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It's finals week at IU, so this will be a pretty quick rundown. I want to re-emphasize that yes indeed THE BASEBALL TEAM SWEPT PURDUE OVER THE WEEKEND.

Is there a CBI in baseball? Because we don't play in that either.
Is there a CBI in baseball? Because we don't play in that either.

  • Kyle already wrote about it, but who am I not to mention IU baseball's awesome weekend again. That's right, we swept Purdue in baseball. Not only did we sweep the Boilers, but we did so in dominating fashion. After blanking Purdue 6-0 on Friday, the 11th-ranked Hoosiers won 7-3 on Saturday, and 12-3 on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, as Bart Kaufman Stadium was filled with Hoosier fans and their dogs, as part of the Bark in the Park day. Next up: a weekend series at Penn State starting Friday. Oh yeah, we swept Purdue over the weekend. It felt so good I had to say it once more.

  • I'm planning a longer article on water polo soon, but the team won their NCAA Tournament play-in game against Wagner on Saturday, 11-6. Senior Shae Fournier scored four goals for the Hoosiers, who played in front of an enthusiastic crowd here in Bloomington. The 8th-ranked Hoosiers next travel to Los Angeles to play in the NCAA tournament. Their first game will be against top-seeded Stanford, on Friday at 6:30 eastern time.

  • More basketball scheduling news: I wrote on Friday that we are scheduled to play Pitt in the ACC/B1G challenge next season. However, today will mark the announcement of a new Big Ten/Big East tipoff tournament starting with the 2015-16 season. Named for former Big East commissioner Dave Gavitt, the tournament will face Big Ten teams against Big East teams at various campus locations. IU already plays Butler every other year, but I'm looking forward to yet another Big East team to help boost IU's nonconference schedule starting in 2015. As for potential Big East opponents, Villanova or Georgetown would definitely be high-profile battles. But assuming Tom Crean is still around, my money would be on a game against Marquette. Already, the Hoosiers are scheduled to go to Maui in fall 2015, so they may have a challenging start to that season. Which is not a bad thing, and a good change from recent years. (UPDATE: Here are more details on the Gavitt Tipoff Games. These sound great, as long as we don't get stuck playing DePaul. I wish college football did something like this too.)