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IU Wins 1st Big Ten Tourney Game Under Crean; Jones Injured

The team won the game but -- at least temporarily -- lost one of its leaders in the process.

Verdell Jones

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IU will have to play without Verdell Jones III.

Indiana University’s men’s basketball team has advanced in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time under coach Tom Crean, but at the expense of one of the team’s veterans.  The Hoosiers easily defeated Penn State Thursday – avenging first round tournament losses to the Nittany Lions in two of the past three years.

But if the 75-58 win was easy, the loss of senior guard Verdell Jones to what the team was initially calling a sprained knee divided the team’s attention after the game.  Fellow senior Tom Pritchard tried to focus on game results following the win.

“Feels great, especially finally getting a win in the Big Ten Tournament,” Pritchard says. “We’ve played Penn State a lot of my years and they beat us, so it feels good to beat a team like that.  But our main focus right now is to beat Wisconsin.”

Today’s game against the 4th-seeded Badgers is scheduled to start around 2:30 p.m.  Other winners on the tournament’s first day included Purdue, Iowa and Minnesota.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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