Men’s basketball: Win may get Indiana No. 1 overall seed
By Lamond Pope 648-3090 or firstname.lastname@example.org March 10, 2013 8:44PM
Updated: April 12, 2013 6:38AM
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Indiana already is the No. 1 seed for the Big Ten tournament.
And IU might have wrapped up a No. 1 seed for the upcoming NCAA tournament with its 72-71 victory at Michigan Sunday.
Indiana earned its first outright Big Ten title since 1993.
“I think you win this league, and it’s the best league in the country, I would say so,” IU coach Tom Crean said when asked if he thought the win guaranteed a No. 1 spot.
“... And we may not be the only one. If we are, I don’t think (Michigan) is far (from a No. 1 seed). You win this league, the way that we did. You win it outright with everything that has gone on this season in this league, yes, I do think so.”
IU faces the Illinois-Minnesota winner in a Big Ten quarterfinal at 11 a.m. Friday.
Bench help: Will Sheehey and Jeremy Hollowell gave IU a spark off the bench. Sheehey had 10 points and four rebounds. Hollowell had five points and five rebounds. Hollowell and Sheehey made consecutive 3-pointers in the second half to briefly pull Indiana ahead.
“I was open and knocked it down,” Hollowell said. “It was a good feeling to contribute to the win.”
Player of the year race: Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke have been getting a lot of attention for Big Ten Player of the Year. Oladipo said someone else should take home the award.
“Cody Zeller should be the player of the year,” Oladipo said. “If you guys (voters) don’t give it to him, no disrespect, but there is something wrong with you.”
Local connections: Michigan’s three Northwest Indiana natives all contributed. Glenn Robinson III had 13 points and five rebounds. Mitch McGary had two points and two rebounds. He was in foul trouble throughout and was limited to eight minutes. Spike Albrecht had three points, two assists and one rebound.