Author: Mike Schumann

In a match that looked destined for penalty kicks, the Stanford Cardinal broke through in the second overtime and ended the Indiana University men’s soccer team’s quest for a 9th national title.  Stanford won its third consecutive national title. After looking sharp in the early minutes of the first half with crisp ball handling and passing, IU then spent a lot of time in their own half of the field for the remainder of the half.  The Cardinal held a 5-1 shots on goal lead at the break.  A couple first half diving saves from goalkeeper Trey Muse helped keep…

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The last step on the Indiana University men’s soccer team’s quest for a ninth national title begins at 1:00 on Sunday at the College Cup in Philadelphia.  The match will be broadcast on ESPN2.  The task will be tall as the Hoosiers will face the two time defending national champion Stanford Cardinal.  2 seded Indiana is the only undefeated team in the country at 18-0-6, while the 9th seeded Cardinal stand at 18-2-2.  Indiana advanced to the final by defeating North Carolina 1-0, while Stanford defeated Akron 2-0. The final is a match between perhaps the two best defensive teams…

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The start of the game felt like Indiana might have turned a corner and might be on the verge of a season changing road victory as the Hoosiers ran out to a double digit lead.  But first half foul trouble for Juwan Morgan and De’Ron Davis helped to change the course of the game as the pair spent much of the first half on the bench with two fouls each.  The momentum continued to favor Louisville into the second half, and a prolonged cold shooting streak ultimately doomed IU.  Louisville wins it, 71-62. Overall:  C+  There were positives in this…

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The quest for nine continues!  The Indiana Hoosiers men’s soccer team defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 1-0 on Friday evening in Philadelphia to advance to the National Championship match against the two-time defending national champion Stanford Cardinal.  The final between the 2nd seeded Hoosiers (18-0-6) and the 9th seeded Cardinal (18-2-2) will be at 1:00 on Sunday and it will be televised on ESPN2. You can see the NCAA tournament bracket here. The first half was a largely uneventful, with both clubs appearing to feel each other out.  Indiana broke through early in the second half (50:00) as IU…

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The Indiana Hoosiers go back on the road this Saturday to face the Louisville Cardinals at 2PM at the KFC Yum! Center.  The game will be televised on ESPN. Below is a complete statistical profile and comparison of both teams.  All statistics are courtesy of the NCAA. There are few noteworthy statistics: Louisville is No. 1 in the country with 8.4 blocked shots per game. The Cardinals are No. 26 in fouls per game.  That could be a blessing since Indiana only shoots 65.2% from the stripe, good for 296th in the country. Indiana is 226th in turnovers forced and…

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The Indiana Hoosiers men’s soccer team continues its quest for a ninth national championship at the 2017 College Cup.  2nd seeded Indiana (17-0-6) and 3rd seeded North Carolina (17-3-1) meet in Friday night’s semifinal match in Philadelphia.  The winner will play in Sunday’s national championship game against either Stanford (17-2-2) or Akron (18-3-2).  Collectively, the final four remaining programs have won 5 of the last 7 national titles and 13 in total. Kickoff for the IU/UNC match is set for approximately 8:45 p.m. ET.  It will air live on ESPNU.  North Carolina has a 4-3 lead in the overall series.…

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The Indiana Hoosiers go back on the road this Saturday to face the Louisville Cardinals at 2PM at the KFC Yum! Center.  The game will be televised on ESPN.  In recent years Louisville has had the reputation as a ball hawking defense that causes trouble for opposing offenses.  Prior to this year Indiana’s offense has struggled mightily with turnovers.  Accordingly a matchup with the Cardinals has been a dangerous proposition for IU.  The last two matchups between the two traditional powers has borne that out.  The teams played in 2014 and 2016.  Louisville won both matchups by double digits and…

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It goes without saying that 5-star in-state guard Romeo Langford is Indiana’s top remaining recruiting target for its 2018 class.  The New Albany High School senior has trimmed his list down to 3 schools — Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt.  For what it’s worth, prognosticators have Indiana and Vanderbilt as a coin toss, with Kansas bringing up the rear.  We’d warn however that these predictions are more like uneducated guesses than anything scientific, with the percentages drifting with the wind of any unsubstantiated rumor.  This is especially true with Langford, who has provided no clear indication as to which way he…

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It looked like the turning point of Monday’s 77-64 Indiana win over Iowa was going to be late in the first half.  Throughout most of the first half the teams stayed within a couple points of each other.  At 6:25 the game was tied at 20.  Led by 7 points and 2 assists from Devonte Green, Indiana would run out to a 41-26 halftime lead.  The first half run was capped off by a great hustle play by Al Durham, Jr. at the buzzer: https://youtu.be/DPFwxGnQ2aQ But this Indiana team hasn’t been known for putting together complete games as it continues…

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It was a game Indiana had to win.  With losses stacked after Duke and Michigan, and with Louisville and Notre Dame looming, either Indiana would win this game or they could face sitting at 4-7.  If nothing else, this was a game of runs.  Fortunately for IU, they had two big runs and the Hawkeyes only had one as Indiana secured a 77-64 win and moved to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in the B1G. Overall:  B+  Early on this game was starting to feel like a missed opportunity, with Iowa committing a lot of turnovers but Indiana failing to gain…

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