• Newsletters
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
°
Saturday, September 23, 2017
View complete forecast
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.

No NIT for IU, season is over

Indiana coach Tom Crean's hopes to play in the postseason ended when the NIT didn't give the Hoosiers an at-large bid Sunday night and IU passed on the CBI. (File photo by the Associated Press)
Indiana coach Tom Crean's hopes to play in the postseason ended when the NIT didn't give the Hoosiers an at-large bid Sunday night and IU passed on the CBI. (File photo by the Associated Press)

More Information

ONLINE

For more on college sports, follow Pete DiPrimio via Twitter at www.twitter.com/pdiprimio
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.The Associated Press

Poor record, scheduling cost Hoosiers

Sunday, March 16, 2014 09:27 pm
BLOOMINGTON — This is what happens when you go 17-15 and play a non-conference schedule rated among America's worst:You get left out of the NIT.

And then you end your season rather than play in the pay-to-play CBI.

Indiana paid the price for poor scheduling and inconsistent play. It beat four ranked teams, but also lost to four teams with RPI's outside the top 100. It never improved, making the same bad-turnover mistakes in March it made in November.

The Hoosiers finished with a RPI of 97.

Six Big Ten teams made the NCAA tourney field, and two more — Minnesota and Illinois — received NIT bids.

“We would have loved to be able to keep playing,” coach Tom Crean tweeted Sunday night. “Our determination and confidence was high. Our desire to improve has been strong.

“Not much I will add now, but we certainly appreciate the great support of our Indiana fans and students. See you next year.”

The 32-team NIT awarded just 19 at-large bids because 13 teams received automatic bids. Those go to regular season conference champions who lose in their conference tournaments and don't receive NCAA tourney at-large bids.

Crean and IU athletic director Fred Glass elected not to play in the 16-team CBI. That event required a fee to participate. Only one Big Ten team has ever played in it — Purdue last season.

The Hoosiers ended their season with three straight losses, including a 64-54 defeat to Illinois in last Thursday's opening round of the Big Ten tourney.

This was a big blow to a program coming off consecutive Sweet 16 appearances.

While IU lost four 1,000-point scorers from last season, talent wasn't an issue. IU has had consistently strong recruiting under Crean. This season included Noah Vonleh, the Big Ten freshman of the year, plus all-conference players Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey.

The Hoosiers finished eighth in the Big Ten with a 7-11 record.

More Information

ONLINE

For more on college sports, follow Pete DiPrimio via Twitter at www.twitter.com/pdiprimio

Comments

News-Sentinel.com reserves the right to remove any content appearing on its website. Our policy will be to remove postings that constitute profanity, obscenity, libel, spam, invasion of privacy, impersonation of another, or attacks on racial, ethnic or other groups. For more information, see our user rules page.
comments powered by Disqus