Name: Indiana University Bloomington
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, obviously
Indiana University, noted theological school: Indiana was founded as the State Seminary and from the days the doors opened through 1885, all of the university presidents were in fact members of the clergy. Of course, they stopped that, making Indiana a school run by quitters.
The Indiana-Purdue rivalry sounds fun: Lemme quote this passage from IU’s Wikipedia page, talking about the early 20th century:
The curriculum emphasized the classics, as befitted a gentleman, and stood in contrast to the service-oriented curriculum at Purdue, which presented itself as of direct benefit to farmers, industrialists, and businessmen.
No word on whether you could buy a pipe and a monocle on campus or if you had to bring your own from home.
Shake a statue’s hand: Herman Wells was the 11th president of Indiana University and the first chancellor in school history. He served as president from 1938 through 1962 and then stood as chancellor, albeit as an honorary title, from 1962 through his death in 2000. There is a statue of him on campus, and tradition states that good luck is granted by shaking his outstretched hand.
Enrollment: 43, 710, with 33,429 undergraduate students
Why “Hoosiers?” Because residents of the state of Indiana are nicknamed Hoosiers, obviously.
That was not helpful. You’re right, it wasn’t.
We’re waiting for an explanation. UGH, you’re the worst. According to the Indiana Historical Bureau, we don’t know. On January 1, 1833, the Indianapolis Journal published a poem entitled “The Hoosier’s Nest,” and offered no explanation of the name, leading historians to understand that it was a commonly used word already at that time. There are instances of it popping up before that, but again, nothing to indicate an explanation of what it meant. So yeah, there’s no real explanation other than that’s what citizens of Indiana are called and that’s all there is to say about that.
Notable Alumni: Musician Hoagy Carmichael; Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks; Jamie Hyneman, host of MythBusters; Rod Paige, former United States Secretary of Education; professional wrestler Jason Jordan; Ryan Murphy, creator of television shows such as Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story; Dan Quayle, former Vice President of the United States; Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games series; journalist and TV news anchor Jane Pauley, professional baseball player Kyle Schwarber; Paul O’Neill, former United States Secretary of the Treasury; author and television host Tavis Smiley; and Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia; actor Jonathan Banks, most famous for his role as Mike Ehrmantrout on Breaking Bad; Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players Association and former executive director of the MLB Players Association; sports broadcaster Joe Buck; James Watson, molecular biologist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA; sports statistician Jeff Sagarin; actress Sarah Clarke, most famous for her role as Nina Meyers on 24; Dick Enberg, sports broadcaster and noted friend of Al McGuire; actor Kevin Kline; Pulitzer Prize winners Don Mellett, Gene Miller, Tom French, Michel du Cille, Ernie Pyle, and Nancy Weaver Teichert; actor Lee Majors, most famous for his role as Steve Austin on The Six Million Dollar Man; singer Jim Cornelison; Robert Gates, former United States Secretary of Defense; Scott A. Jones, inventor most known for inventing voice mail; John T. Thompson, inventor of the Thompson submachine gun, aka “the Tommy gun;” and finally, cult leader Jim Jones.
All-Time Series: Indiana leads the all-time series 7-2. The two teams have not met since November 2001, where Marquette defeated #20 Indiana, 50-49, in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout.
The two most famous meetings between the two teams came in 1973 and 1976. In 1973, the two teams met in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament with Marquette ranked #5 in the country and Indiana ranked #6. The Hoosiers got the 75-69 victory.
Three years later, the two sides met up in the NCAA tournament again, except one round later and with a trip to the Final Four on the line. If you ever think that the NCAA selection committee is a bunch of goofs these days, please remember that they set up the 1976 tournament to pit #1 ranked and undefeated Indiana up against #2 ranked and 23-1 Marquette against each other IN THE ELITE EIGHT. Say whatever you want to say about the AP Poll not meaning anything, but that is a DUMB DUMB DUMB way to set up a tournament. As you probably figured out if you know your history, Indiana got the win, 65-56, and went on to complete the last undefeated season in college basketball history.
Is there a reason to hate Indiana other than the all-time series? Well, they did hire Tom Crean away from Marquette following the 2007-08 season as the Hoosiers needed someone to pick up the pieces after they fired Kelvin Sampson for making too many phone calls. If you want to dislike Indiana for what amounts to a compliment of “we believe we are a very good program, while you are a good program with a good coach and we shall hire your coach now,” well, that’s fine.
I don’t really blame Crean for taking the IU job, although I do have questions about him bailing on a potential Final Four team (they were ranked #8 in the country when Dominic James broke his foot, remember) to start rebuilding a program from the ground up.
I dislike Indiana for how they treated Tom Crean. Indiana believes themselves to be a blue blood program here in 2018, and hey, under Bob Knight from 1972 through 1993, you could definitely make the argument that they were. From 1993 to 2016, Indiana won three Big Ten Titles. Tom Crean won two of them. Indiana fired Tom Crean exactly one calendar year after winning his second one.
That’s a bunch of crap.
Last Season: 16-14, with a 9-9 record in the Big Ten. That had them finishing tied for sixth, and then they lost to DFL Rutgers in their first game of the conference tournament.
Final 2017-18 KenPom.com Ranking: #71
This Season: 2-0
Current KenPom Ranking: #24
Current KenPom Projection: 20-11, with a record of 12-8 in the Big Ten. That projects into a three-way tie for second.
Points: Romeo Langford, 15.5 ppg
Rebounds: Juwan Morgan, 9.5 rpg
Assists: Devonte Green, 4.0 apg
Romeo Langford, Congressional Honoree: At this point, if you’re paying attention to college basketball on a national level, you’ve probably heard of Romeo Langford. He finished his high school career with the fourth highest point total in Indiana history, and he’s the first Indiana Mr. Basketball to pick the Hoosiers since Cody Zeller in 2011. He was 247 Sports’ #7 prospect in the class of 2018, right up there with names like Zion Williamson (#5) and Quentin Grimes (#10).
He also has a portrait hanging up in the United States Capitol building.
Ok, it’s in the underground tunnels that connect the Congressional offices with the Capitol building.
Back in the spring, the captain of the cheerleading squad at Langford’s high school did a pencil drawing of the hoops star, and while carrying his signature, it was entered in the Indiana 9th Congressional District Art Competition, and it won. Since it won, it’s hanging up in the tunnels and our very own Pistol Brad had to walk past it every day this past summer.
Shooters? It’s hard to say. Devonte Green and Romeo Langford clearly think they are with eight and seven long range attempts so far this season, but they’ve only made one each. Green only shot 34% last year after shooting 44% as a freshman, so it’s all kind of up in the air as to what his deal is. Langford is a freshman, and so we’ll have to wait and see what happens for him. Freshman Damezi Anderson is 2-for-7 through two games, which is... fine, I guess? Freshman Rob Phinisee is 3-for-5, although he went 3-for-4 against Montana State. Juwan Morgan attempted 53 threes last season, but only made 30% of them, and the 6’8” center is 1-for-2 so far this season with both attempts in the opener against Chicago State.
Bigs? I dunno, maybe? I mean, 6’10” De’Ron Davis is on the roster, but 1) he averaged less than 20 minutes per game last year before tearing his Achilles, and 2) he’s played just 23 minutes total in IU’s first two games. Clifton Moore is also 6’10”, but he appeared in just nine games last year and has played just 12 minutes this year. Evan Fitzner is a 6’10” transfer from Saint Mary’s, but he’s more of a shooter (41% for his career) than an inside presence. When you’re 6’10” and rank #21 in the West Coast Conference in block rate, you’re probably not much of a rim protector. On top of that, he’s playing just 15 minutes a game in IU’s first two games, and he’s just 1-for-3 from outside. The 6’8” Juwan Morgan qualifies as their starting five-man, and he’s got the advanced numbers to back that up. He grabs up rebounds on both ends by the bucketload and is a skilled rim protector as well.
Head Coach: Archie Miller, in his second season at Indiana. He’s 18-15 so far in Bloomington after six successful seasons at Dayton. Miller’s first year at Indiana was his worst as a head coach in terms of wins, as his worst season at Dayton had a record of 17-14. After that year, which was his second, he made four straight NCAA tournaments, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2014 as a #11 seed. He finished his tenure at Dayton with a record of 139-63.