For Indiana fans, any loss at Assembly Hall stings. Then there are 21 point home losses to Missouri Valley Conference teams. Not being accustomed to home losses by such large margins, we wondered, what are the 10 worst home losses by the Hoosiers since Assembly Hall was opened in 1971. It is a list that doesn’t really take long to compile — Indiana has gone entire seasons without losing at home, including 1973, 1975, 1976, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2007, and 2016 — which further highlights the significance of the Indiana State debacle. So here is the list. We suggest that you find your happy place before revisiting the carnage:
- February 25, 2010 – 32 point loss to Wisconsin
- February 25, 2009 – 22 point loss to Northwestern
- November 10, 2017 – 21 point loss to Indiana State
- January 27, 1977 – 19 point loss to Minnesota
- January 24, 1990 – 18 point loss to Michigan State
- March 6, 2004 – 18 point loss to Wisconsin
- December 31, 2010 – 18 point loss to Ohio State
- January 6, 1977 – 17 point loss to Purdue
- February 19, 2009 – 17 point loss to Wisconsin
- December 12, 2009 – 17 point loss to Kentucky
- February 10, 2010 – 17 point loss to Ohio State
A couple things jump out of this list:
- The Indiana State loss is the only loss on the list to a non-Power 5 school. There wasn’t another loss to a non-Power 5 school that was even close to making this list.
- Numbers 1 and 2 on the list were during the Tom Crean rebuild era. Accordingly, you could clearly argue that the Indiana State loss was the worst loss in the history of Assembly Hall.
- We can’t speak for the other games, but the Indiana State score could have been much worse. They led by 30 at one point.
Based on this we believe the Indiana State loss just might be the worst loss in the history of Assembly Hall. Sure, there have been more heartbreaking losses, but from a pure optics and expectations perspective — we can’t see anything else this bad. What do you think?
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