You would think it was the end of the world because the Indiana Hoosiers were upset 77-73 last night in Williams Arena to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Indiana haters are pumping their chests and voicing their pleasantries about an IU defeat and Hoosier fans are questioning this team again.
The simple response for this is to pump the brakes and calm down.
The cards weren’t there last night for Indiana. It happens. It’s still only their fourth loss of the season. They still control their own destiny for the Big Ten title. It’s as simple as winning.
Indiana returns to action in the Assembly Hall against the Iowa Hawkeyes, then faces Ohio State next Tuesday on senior night. If Indiana wins both of those games without worrying about the results of any other game, they will clinch at least their share of the conference title.
It will be Indiana’s first conference title in a decade.
The Hoosiers dominated both the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes on the road earlier in the season and should take care of business on their home court with much better talent than those two respective schools. Neither match up well with Indiana and the Hoosiers should cruise in those two games.
Then, factor in the Michigan State at Michigan game on Sunday and if Michigan State wins and Indiana does likewise against Iowa on Saturday, then the game with Ohio State on Tuesday night is for the overall outright Big Ten crown.
The Hoosiers had one slip up for a variety of reasons last night. Some of the issues weren’t their fault and that happens in road conference games. Just know this team still controls their own destiny and if they do at least share the Big Ten title, they will earn a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region.
Turn those frowns upside down, Indiana fans, because there is light at the end of this tunnel and it’s not a train. When they’re playing in Lucas Oil Stadium at the end of March, fighting for a spot in the Final Four, this loss to Minnesota or the other three won’t look so bad after all.