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HSN March Madness - Day 3 - Games 11 & 12

HSN March Madness - Day 3 - Games 11 & 12  

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  1. 1. Who wins?

    • 2009 Indiana Hoosiers
    • 1968 Indiana Hoosiers
  2. 2. Who wins?

    • 2000 Indiana Hoosiers
    • 1977 Indiana Hoosiers

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  • Poll closed on 03/25/2020 at 04:00 PM

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Day 3 of the 64 years/teams of IU Basketball Tournament

Vote for the team you think would win

Each day (Mon-Fri) will have 4 games and the polls will be open for 48 hours. I will try to post the new day’s games at noon EST.

HSN members are encouraged to debate, discuss memories of the teams involved in today’s matchup, post links to videos/games, etc. before voting on that day’s matchups.

Today’s Bracket:


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Game 11




A polar opposite of the previous game, the 2009 and 1968 Hoosiers get a fortuitous matchup vs. each other. Both squads had losing records and finished near the basement in the Big Ten. Tom Crean’s in his 1st season looks to add to the foundation by advancing in the tournament at Lou Watson’s expense.





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Game 12




The 2000 Hoosiers and Bob Knight in his final season take on the 1977 Hoosiers, a team trying to live up to their undefeated NCAA Champion predecessors. The SRS rankings favor both teams more than their on-court results, as both teams experienced disappointing seasons. Seniors AJ Guyton (2000) and Kent Benson (1977) led their respective teams.





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In the game pitting '09 vs. '68, Tom Pritchard slams home a Verdell Jones miss at the buzzer to help the '09 team to a surprising upset over the '68 Hoosiers.  After the game, when asked to give his thoughts about the win, Tom Crean stated.  "We're Indiana, and they're not."  When told that his opponent was, in fact, Indiana, Crean seemed perplexed.



In the '00 versus '77 game, the '77 team came into the matchup as underdogs, but after a compelling pre-game speech by Coach Knight where he stated.  "They don't respect you!  They think you're no better than Pepperdine!", the '77 Hoosier came out with fire in their belly and cruised to a 20 point win.   

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The '68 vs. '09 is a tough one especially for me since 1968 is before my memory.  But yet, somehow that '68 squad found their way in to the polls.  I go with '68.

That '77 team just never put it together.  But they did feature 4 future NBA players in Kent Benson, Mike Woodson, Wayne Radford, and Butch Carter.  Going with '77 over '00.


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