Indiana Hoosiers Basketball
Who doesn't love to watch a classic pick and roll play out? With the 2014 college basketball
season in full swing, teams are gearing up for a postseason run with inter-conference games. As the 2012-2013 BIg 10 champions,
the Indiana Hoosiers are back and ready to defend their title.
With fives games still scheduled to
be played against ranked opponents, the Indiana Hoosiers are focused on making a statement in the Big 10 conference and getting
a seat in the Big Dance come March. Given that three of these ranked games occur on the Hoosiers' home court, the team expects
their fans to be out in full swing when they take on No. 10 Michigan, No. 15 Iowa and No. 24 Ohio State University. A strong
finish to the season with victories in at least three of their remaining games against ranked opponents should secure the
Hoosiers a spot in March Madness. Indiana Hoosiers Basketball parking passes remain available for all home games left in the
The Big 10 is historically one of the best college basketball conferences in the NCAA.
In addition to being home to the Indiana Hoosiers, the conference also includes basketball powerhouses like Wisconsin, Ohio
State, Michigan State and Michigan. As a result, the conference routinely sends between four and six schools to March Madness
Ask any Hoosier fan who their biggest rivals are, and they will say the Purdue Boilermakers
from within their state and the Kentucky Wildcats from outside of Indiana. The Purdue-Indiana rivalry is one of the most storied
in college sports and has been ranked as one of the best rivalries by both Newsweek and the Huffington Post. Since fans and
players regard their respective teams as the best in Indiana, the rivalry is often over bragging rights. Although Purdue holds
more wins (112 to 88) in the series, Indiana has five more National Championships than the Boilermakers. Beyond state lines,
the Hoosiers are embroiled in an intense rivalry with the University of Kentucky Wildcats that dates back more than 70 years.
Not only is the rivalry intense because both Kentucky and Indiana border each other, but also because both teams are consistently
two of the best in college basketball. In fact, in nearly 20 percent of the games between the two teams, either the Wildcats
or the Hoosiers have been ranked No. 1 in college basketball.
The Indiana Hoosiers have
an illustrious record in the NCAA Tournament, with five National Championships in 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981 and 1987. The feisty
and controversial coach Bobby Knight led the Hoosiers to their latter three National Championships and coached the 1976 team
to an undefeated record. In addition to ranking third for the most championships in history, the Hoosiers are sixth in tournament
appearances (37), eighth in Final Four appearances (8) and have the highest winning percentage in Big 10 Conference history.
The Hoosiers have a track record of sending talented players to the NBA, including Cody Zeller,
Eric Gordon, Jared Jeffries, Victor Oladipo, Walt Bellamy, Scott May, Isaiah Thomas and many more. In total, the Hoosiers
have sent more than 50 players to the NBA and have had 20 drafted in the first round.
of Fame coach Bobby Knight won the most games in Indiana Hoosier history with 662. Larry Bird originally played for the Hoosiers;
however, he transferred from the program. Had Bird remained with the team, he would have won an NCAA Championship in 1976.