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And Another Thing

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R. Brent Smith | Associated Press
Indiana guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell shoots after getting past Wisconsin's Kevin Kaminsky, left, and Traevon Jackson.

A few brief thoughts on Indiana 75, Wisconsin 72

And now a couple of thoughts, 12 hours or so later, on Indiana's upset of No. 3 and previously unbeaten Wisconsin:

1. Score another one for Assembly Hall, which, when it gets revved up (and lord knows it was revved up last night) is at least in the running for the most intimidating home court in college hoops. You go in there and win, you've done something.

2. That said, the whole storming-the-court thing was a little beneath everyone.

Yeah, I get it: Indiana ended the longest season-opening winning streak for Wisconsin since basketballs had laces, and it beat the Badgers for the first time in 13 meetings. But it's not like the Hoosiers were 5-12 and mired in a long run of mediocrity; they're 12-5 and were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year.

Besides, they're Indiana, not some Hyphen Directional Tech. As Tom Crean put it afterward, it's not like the Hoosiers are going to pop in the tape of this game and have a pizza party (with ice cream!). If you're Indiana, you expect to win these games. So behave accordingly.

3. That said, what does this mean for the young Hoosiers?

Well, it means they're getting older, for one thing. But let's not pretend some theoretical corner was turned last night. The Hoosiers are still feeling their way in the Big Ten. That means, last night notwithstanding, they're still going to lose some games they shouldn't and struggle in other games when they have no business struggling.

It's a process, people. Get used to it.

Ben Smith's blog.

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