What a difference of two games for the Indiana Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3). After beating the third ranked Wisconsin Badgers 75-72 on Tuesday night, they lost to a very bad Northwestern Wildcats (9-10, 2-4) team 54-47 at home on Saturday.
How on earth could this happen?
How do you beat Wisconsin, who was one of only four undefeated teams left entering Tuesday night’s game, and also the same team who has had IU’s number since 2007 as they won 12-straight games over the Hoosiers, then lose to a bad Northwestern team that’s in rebuild mode and was two games below .500 entering today’s contest in Assembly Hall?
Wisconsin is among the nation’s best in defense and Northwestern is in the bottom.
Indiana scores 75 points and shoots over 50 percent against Wisconsin, but only scores 47 and shoots 25 percent at home against Northwestern. The Wildcats were also last in the Big 10 in rebounding margin and the Hoosiers only were only +1 at the end of the game.
So, how does this happen?
How do you score more points in the paint against a very good Wisconsin team (52) than you do as a whole against a very bad Northwestern team (47).
How does a team get the biggest win of the season and arguably the worst loss in the storied program’s history in the span of four days?
All that talk of making the NCAA Tournament is now gone.
It is not only gone, but trapped inside the mansion of bricks that IU built today.
The Hoosiers only shot 15-for-60 today. Yes, you read that right, 25 percent and only hit 15 total shots. Don’t feed into the Northwestern’s defense as stifling either as Indiana just missed countless open shots. It wasn’t on Northwestern, but Indiana as they had open look after open look after open look and missed them all.
They missed 45 shots against a bad Northwestern defense.
Is that a Tournament team? Nope.
That’s why Indiana’s NCAA Tournament hopes are gone. This loss far outweighs the big Wisconsin win.
Spring Break just got a lot more fun for the students in Bloomington as they can party now with the 13 members of this basketball team because they’re not playing in the Big Dance this March. Not when you lose to bad teams like Northwestern with horribly bad players. This is a type of loss that could get a coach fired.