In December 2011, Tom Crean led his Hoosier basketball players to an upset win over Kentucky, the #1-ranked basketball team in the nation. In one of the two Wildcats’ losses of the year, Indiana fans rushed the court. Christian Watford's epic game-winning three-pointer has since been viewed over 500,000 times on YouTube. From that moment on, the revival of IU basketball was a reality.
On April 16, This is INDIANA: Tom Crean, the Team, and the Exciting Comeback of Hoosier Basketball will be published by Indiana University Press in partnership with The Herald-Times. The book relives the incredible 2011-12 season—game by game, photo by photo.
Facing many challenges, Coach Crean walked into Indiana's Assembly Hall in 2008, promising a return to glory for Indiana basketball. Four years later, led by Big Ten Freshman of the Year Cody Zeller and the brilliant lineup of Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Will Sheehey, Verdell Jones III, and Victor Oladipo, the Hoosiers went 24-7 in a regular season that included upsets over top-ranked teams like Kentucky and Ohio State—quite a difference from the 6-25 program of Crean’s first season. Making it to the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen, the team once again faced the Wildcats in what proved to be a thrilling season finale.
A New York Times article recently put it this way: “Anything with ice and snow should prominently feature a Norwegian. And Indiana should have a good basketball team. … This is why this season has felt like such a rejuvenation in Bloomington.”
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