Despite the heartbreaking loss to Michigan State Tuesday night, fans had a reason to stick around after the game. On senior night, IU forward Kyle Taber was the lone Hoosier to be honored.
“I came here because I wanted to win championships and that’s what teams do here at Indiana. So it made it an early decision for me,” said Taber.
Four head coaches and five years later, Taber is still smiling. The Evansville native played his last game on Branch McCracken Court Tuesday night. His younger teammates said they will never forget the foundation Taber helped establish.
“We came in not knowing what to do,” said freshman guard Verdell Jones. “He told us, ‘well this day is going to be hard so you might want to get prepared or this is going to be easy but still go hard;’ so stuff like that. I’d say the experience of going through all this, that’s pretty much his leadership role he brought to us.”
Taber finished with a mere three points in the five-point loss to Michigan State. However, he said no one could have scripted a better ending to his career.
“This program is headed in the right direction, as you can see tonight. I mean, we have a team that has six walk-ons, five freshmen scholarship players, two junior college transfers and you guys helped us come within one or two possessions of beating a top-ten team.”