Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Sunday, January 7

Indiana Basketball Is Fun Again

Have you been spending your recent hours shaking your head in amazement over the huge news in college basketball circles -- Caltech finally ended its 207-game losing streak?

Of course not. You’ve been too busy basking in the glow from Indiana’s 73-51 dismantling of Michigan State.

Points figured to come grudgingly, if at all. Instead, IU played its best half of the season -- 38 points, 51.7 percent shooting, just five turnovers -- against the Big Ten’s best defense. Michigan State, meanwhile, shot 61 percent from the field, but struggled with 12 turnovers and ended the half down by 11.

Indiana opened the second half looking for a knockout. A couple of blocked shots, a couple of easy baskets and the Spartans were down 15 and reeling.

And then it was over.

So what does this mean? Well, IU (10-4) avoided an 0-2 Big Ten start, maintained its home court edge (8-0) and ensured it would have momentum going into Wednesday’s rivalry game with Purdue (12-4).

Yes, basketball in the Hoosier state is fun again.


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