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Wait a minute, is that a new link over on my Sportswriting page?
Yes, I’m back at it. For a variety of reasons, Saturday’s Rutgers-IU game was the first sporting event I covered this year. No need to delve into the reasons other than to say my schedule conflicted with IU’s home schedule pretty much all month. I’m counting on February and March working out a bit better.
So are the Hoosiers, I imagine, at least when compared to, say, last February and March. Midway through the Big Ten schedule last season, the Hoosiers were 4-5 in conference play and would go 3-6 in the second half. They then lost to Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament and that was it for a 17-15 season.
After Saturday’s 72-64 win over Rutgers, the Hoosiers are 16-6 overall and 6-3 in the conference. That 6-3 mark had them in a five-way tie for second place in the standings going into Sunday, with a matchup between Michigan (6-3) and Michigan State (5-3) to be played, behind Wisconsin (7-1). The Badgers just happen to be IU’s next opponent.
How about that.
It won’t be easy, of course, considering the last Indiana win in Wisconsin came in 1998. But with all the drama surrounding the program from preseason suspensions and accidents to in-season injuries, that a young IU team is in this position is impressive.
Of course, what would be really impressive (awkward transition) would be me keeping this blog up to date. Let’s see what happens …