The Indiana men’s basketball team will try to claim the Hoosier’s first ever Big Ten Tourney title in Chicago this weekend. But first they will have to take on the Fighting Illini Friday.
The Hoosiers enter the tournament as the top seed for the first time in the history of the 16-year Big Ten Tournament after winning the Big Ten regular season.
Senior Jordan Hulls says emotions are high but they’re not satisfied with what they’ve accomplished.
“I think guys on this team have done a great job all year after a loss or even after a win to keep composure and to stay focused on the next task on hand,” he says.
Victor Oladipo was just named Sporting News player of the year. He says playing in the Big Ten Tourney is like starting the season all over again.
“It’s like we are zero and zero. This time going to the Big Ten league again. We’re looking forward to it; it’s going to be fun.”
Senior Derek Elston says coach Crean has been basing the last couple of practices making sure they feel at home despite being on the road the rest of the season.
“Everywhere we go we just got to feel like we’re at home, whether it be with the crowd or with our shooting or mental process we just gotta feel like we’re at home,” Elston says.
Freshman “Yogi” Ferrell hopes winning the Big Ten Tournament will give them the momentum needed going into the NCAA tournament.
“I feel like it could definitely help us push us deeper and keep winning games.”
A win Friday would match the Hoosiers with Wisconsin or Michigan on Saturday afternoon.