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Indiana is not playing in the CBI because they’re Indiana

Tom CreanIndiana finished the season a disappointing 17-15, which included a 7-11 record in conference play. That sort of thing will happen when your best players leave for the NBA, as Kentucky’s John Calipari will tell you.

Even though 17-15 is just a shade over .500, it’s still a good enough record to get you into the postseason in college basketball. Unfortunately, Indiana being the elite program that it is, will not lower itself to compete in anything other than the NCAA Tournament or NIT.

Athletic Director Fred Glass had this great quote in explaining why Indiana wouldn’t be participating in the CBI, which schools have to pay to play in.

“Finances wouldn’t be an issue if we thought it made sense,” Glass told The Indianapolis Star. “But we’re Indiana. We don’t play in the CBI.”

You’re damn right Indiana doesn’t play in the CBI. Now you just have to get that program right to make sure you are playing in the NCAA Tournament next year. You can only be too good for something if you are too good for something, you know what I mean? I know Crab Man agrees.

Chest bump to Deadspin

Mike Woodson a candidate to coach Indiana Hoosiers?

Mike WoodsonNew York Knicks coach Mike Woodson is expected to be unemployed at some point in the very near future. The Knicks, who are expected to hire Phil Jackson to take over their basketball operations department, are in need of an overhaul. That will likely start with Woodson. Could the NBA coaching veteran be heading to the NCAA once he’s terminated?

According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, Woodson would be a top candidate to take over at Indiana if current head coach Tom Crean is bought out. Crean has led the Hoosiers to a 17-15 record and it hoping for an NIT bid. Indiana was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year but was eliminated in the Sweet 16.

According to a source, Woodson would be a top candidate at his alma mater, Indiana University, if current coach Tom Crean does not return. The source claims that several prominent IU boosters are pushing to buy out Crean and install Woodson, a product of Indianapolis, as the coach.”

Woodson graduated from Indiana, where he played college ball and ended up being the 12th overall pick in the 1980 NBA draft. He has been an NBA coach since 1996, though a source told Isola Woodson fully expects to be fired by the Knicks.

If Indiana truly is hoping to hire Woodson, the deciding factor will obviously be if he wants to coach at the collegiate level. While Indiana is one of the most elite programs in the country, going from the Knicks to the Hoosiers would obviously be taking a step back.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

John Harbaugh gave Indiana a pep talk before Sweet 16 that didn’t work

john harbaughIndiana was a popular pick to win the national championship heading into the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and the Hoosiers busted a lot of brackets on Thursday night. They were dominated by Syracuse from the opening tip, eventually going on to lose 61-50 in a game that was never really close.

If you are one of those people who likes pointing the finger at someone who in reality had nothing to do with the loss, you’re welcome to blame Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Before tip-off on Thursday, Rachel Nichols of CBS Sports reported (via The Dagger) that Harbaugh had given the Hoosiers a pep talk in the locker room. Indiana coach Tom Crean is Harbaugh’s brother-in-law.

Nichols said Harbaugh emphasized how important momentum would be for Indiana. He also told them that he had watched them play multiple times during the season and that they remind him of his Super Bowl champion Ravens. Naturally, Harbaugh told the Hoosiers he believed they had what it takes to win it all.

He was wrong. Indiana shot a measly 33.3% from the field and hit only 62.5% of its free throws. They turned the ball over 18 times and allowed Syracuse to come away with 12 steals. Crean’s team played one of its sloppiest games of the year, and it ended up costing them. That’s what makes it so difficult to win a championship in college basketball — one rough game and it’s see you next year.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard shows a ton of confidence in Indiana with his bracket (Picture)

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Greg Ballard, the mayor of Indianapolis, feels confident that Indiana University can win it all this year. Like many other politicians, Ballard filled out his 2013 NCAA tournament bracket this week. You probably could have predicted that he would pick the Hoosiers to win it all. What you may not have seen coming is that he picked them to win every game — as in, even the ones they aren’t playing in.

How long did it take Ballard to fill in his bracket? If you figure out how long it takes the mayor to write “IU” 63 times, you have your answer. Reddit user backnblack92 summed up Ballard’s selections perfectly.

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Jim Harbaugh was Indiana basketball’s team manager (Pictures, Video)

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is going to be in Indianapolis for the NFL combine this week, so it only made sense Wednesday night for him to make the hour-long drive south to Bloomington to see his brother-in-law Tom Crean’s Indiana Hoosiers take on North Carolina Central. But what Harbaugh was seen doing during the game might make less sense.

Fans in attendance probably noticed the NFL’s coach of the year, in his typical black-sweater-and-khakis ensemble (he’s practically reached a Steve Jobs-level when it comes to his wardrobe), lingering around huddles and hauling fold-up chairs before and after timeouts. It turns out that’s what Harbaugh wanted to do, and for the night he was college basketball’s most famous (and richest) team manager.

“I’m trying to contribute,” Harbaugh shouted from the back of the room during Crean’s postgame presser when the Hooisers coach was asked about Harbaugh’s involvement on the bench.

When Crean was also asked if his brother-in-law was a Michigan spy, Harbaugh yelled, “Hell no!”

The Hoosiers rolled, 75-56. Afterwards, Harbaugh also spoke to the Indiana players (perhaps about honey badgers?) and even complimented NCC’s coach LeVelle Moton for his team’s effort. Jim Harbaugh being well-mannered towards the other team’s coach? That’s a first.

Below is a video of Harbaugh in action:

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Playboy Model Megan Dills Injured When Indiana Fans Rushed Court

The Indiana Hoosiers are back. The last four seasons of men’s basketball at Indiana were tarnished by recruiting scandals, a lack of success, and just a single one-and-done tournament appearance. This season, excitement has returned to Bloomington as the Hoosiers are playing great basketball and off to a 9-0 start. No moment was more electrifying than Christian Watford’s game-winning three pointer at Assembly Hall over the weekend. As Playboy model Megan Dills will tell you, however, it was not without consequence.

According to the Kentucky fan blog VaughtsViews.com, Dills — a Kentucky fan — was injured at the end of the game when Indiana fans stormed the court.  She has been unable to walk because of a badly sprained ankle and will have to miss a photo shoot as a result.

“All those fans came out of their seats and rushed the floor like idiots,” Dills explained. “The next thing I knew, I was knocked down five or six steps. I think the guy who actually knocked me down is the one who did at least pick me up. After I got hurt, I was scared to death.

“I just can’t do the shoot with my ankle like it is. But that’s okay because I do a lot of them.”

One of the shoots she did was back in 2007 for Playboy’s “Girls of the SEC” feature.  Dills’ story reminds us that, whether it’s because of security guards getting physical or students being rowdy, rushing the court can be dangerous.  Not only that, but it can rob us all of valuable reading material and entertainment. That, my friends, is a true shame.

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Indiana Team Manager Michael Santa Sees Action in Northwestern Game

If you were watching the end of the Indiana/Northwestern game on Wednesday night (and God help you if you’re not an alum of either school and were still watching), you may have been wondering who that 5’9″ tiny white guy on the floor was. You might also be wondering why that J.V. high schooler was wearing an Indiana jersey. Well, turns out Indiana coach Tom Crean told team manager Michael Santa that the kid would be suiting up for the Hoosiers’ game against Northwestern, and he made good on that promise.

“I never dreamed that would be possible, and when he told me that, I didn’t know what to think, to be honest,” Santa said. “He pulled me off to the side after practice and told me to get a jersey on, and get ready to suit up and keep playing hard like I had been in practice.”

“Our managers come out here and work and we hold them to a pretty high standard,” Crean said. “They come in here and they make it more competitive for our guys. I didn’t (put him on the team) as a reward. I didn’t do it as an end-of-the-season deal.”

Inside the Hall says watching a team manager suit up while Indiana lost to Northwestern for the first time ever at Assembly Hall was a sign of the ugliest times ever at IU. It’s hard to disagree, but I’ll add some positive spin to the story. For the second time in weeks, I find myself complimenting Tom Crean for his actions. He treats people fairly, disciplines evenly, and looks to reward hard workers. I’ve always wondered what my answer to the question “If you were recruited by every team in the country, for which coach would you choose to play?” and now I know it. My choice would be Tom Crean. I appreciate coaches like him who do things the right way, and who also know the game pretty darn well, too.