Author: Seth Tow

BLOOMINGTON — When Indiana and Oklahoma matched up in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, both teams sought revenge. Both the Hoosiers and Sooners bowed out of last year’s tournament at this same stage. This year, one team would put that behind it, while the other would extend its heartbreak. And after a tight affair with little separation for much of the game, IU’s night ended in joy. The fourth-seeded Hoosiers celebrated on the court after the final buzzer, with a 75-68 victory. Indiana advances to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four seasons. The Hoosiers…

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BLOOMINGTON — Indiana women’s basketball remembers what happened at this time last year. The Hoosiers entered the second round of the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, heavily favored to advance to the Sweet 16. Their Final Four and national championship hopes all felt attainable. And then it all came crashing down, as IU lost to Miami. It took many inside the program a long time to get over it. Deep down, the Hoosiers may still not be over it. But Monday night, they have a chance to make it right. Fourth-seeded Indiana takes on No. 5 seed…

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BLOOMINGTON — Chloe Moore-McNeil has spent all year speaking up. The quiet-by-nature senior spent last offseason working on becoming more vocal, and has been Indiana women’s basketball’s voice of reason on so many occasions throughout the year. She called out her teammates after the Hoosiers suffered a blowout loss against Stanford in November. She fired them up during a mid-January win over Minnesota. She reassured them during a key point in a big win at Maryland in late January. Moore-McNeil has become increasingly comfortable in that leadership role. And in this season-defining time of year, she knows her voice is…

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BLOOMINGTON — Indiana women’s basketball knew there would be challenges going into the NCAA Tournament. And the fourth-seeded Hoosiers were certainly challenged on Saturday. No. 13 seed Fairfield, which entered Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on a 29-game winning streak, was clearly unfazed by the big stage and the raucous atmosphere. It became clear — quickly — that IU would have to really earn its spot in the round of 32. And that’s exactly what it did. The Hoosiers pulled away from the Stags in the third quarter and came away with a 89-56 victory. Indiana (25-5) will take on the winner…

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During the middle of Indiana women’s basketball’s season, assistant coach Ali Patberg made a decision. Sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser had shown development on both ends of the court from the beginning of the season and earned an important role coming off the bench, along with a seven-game stint in the starting lineup due to Sydney Parrish’s foot injury. But her inconsistent shooting limited her impact at times. Opponents often sagged off Bargesser in coverage, feeling safe allowing her an open jump shot, and they were equally comfortable putting her on the foul line. Through the first 20 games of the…

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Indiana football is back in action. The Hoosiers held their first practice of spring ball on Thursday at Memorial Stadium. They’ll have 13 practices over the next four weeks leading up to the spring game on April 18. Head coach Curt Cignetti met with the media after Thursday’s practice. Here are a few key points from that press conference. Day one This was Cignetti’s first practice after taking over as head coach at IU in December. So there’s plenty of adjustment for everyone, both coaches and players. “Day one it’s how you do things, and this was new for everybody…

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Mike Woodson has some work to do. After Kaleb Banks, CJ Gunn, and Payton Sparks all entered the transfer portal, Indiana has six open scholarships for next year’s team. And that number could increase depending on NBA Draft decisions from guys like Kel’el Ware and Mackenzie Mgbako, or any other potential transfer portal entrants. With no 2024 signees, after Liam McNeeley decommitted, the Hoosiers will have to build up a good portion of their 2024-25 roster from the transfer portal. It’s not impossible to remake a roster like that, but it’s a difficult challenge. Knowing the task at hand for…

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Mackenzie Holmes is once again an All-American. The Gorham, Maine native was named a second-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USWBA) on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, the fifth-year was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. This puts Holmes at eight total All-American honors throughout her illustrious Indiana women’s basketball career. This is her third selection from the AP — she was Indiana’s first-ever AP All-American as an honorable mention in 2021, and she became IU’s first-ever first-team All-American in 2023. And this is Holmes’ second All-American selection by the USWBA, after earning first team recognition…

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Indiana defensive lineman Philip Blidi announced on social media Monday night that he’s entering the transfer portal. Blidi will be a graduate transfer, allowing him to transfer for a second time in his college career with immediate eligibility. He transferred to IU from Texas Tech in spring 2023. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman started 11 of Indiana’s 12 games last season, and was a key veteran presence in the defensive line room. Blidi finished the year with 30 tackles, including four tackles for loss, along with two QB hurries and one pass breakup. As of January 26, Indiana was three players over…

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Upon first glance, Indiana women’s basketball received a tough NCAA Tournament draw. The Hoosiers (24-5) earned their No. 4 seed, giving them home-court advantage in the first two rounds. But they’re up against a No. 13 seed in Fairfield (31-1) that hasn’t lost since mid-November and may feel it deserved a higher seed. If IU defeats the Stags, it may face No. 5 seed Oklahoma (22-9) — the Big 12 regular season outright champions, which swept No. 1 seed Texas and played a more challenging non-conference schedule than the Hoosiers. Should Indiana get through to the Sweet 16, it would…

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