IU women have first-round date with Michigan

Although seeding for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament wasn’t resolved until the final day of the regular season, Indiana finally knows its opponent.

The No. 12 seed Hoosiers will face No. 5 seed Michigan in the second game of Thursday’s second session at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The game, which will air on Big Ten Network, will tip off at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The Wolverines swept the season series against the Hoosiers, winning both games by an average margin of 17.5 points. Indiana has lost 13 of its last 14 games, but enters the postseason playing its best basketball of the season. The Hoosiers went into Sunday’s 59-53 loss to Minnesota averaging 64 points per game and outrebounding opponents by a plus-3.3 margin. The loss to the Gophers also featured one of Indiana’s better defensive efforts of the season, in that the team held Minnesota’s potent offense 12 points below its season average.

“We don’t feel like we’re an easy out,” IU coach Curt Miller said Sunday afternoon. “We’re not embarrassed to be Indiana women’s basketball. I think there was a time when they didn’t really want people to know they were Indiana women’s basketball players. There’s a little swagger in our step. We may not be as talented as you, but you better throw a good knockout punch because we’re not going to go away.”

Indiana is 14-17 all-time in the tournament and is 10-8 in its opening games. This will be Miller’s first Big Ten tournament. He won five conference tournaments over 11 seasons at Bowling Green.



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  1. The girls played very hard against Minnesota on Sunday afternoon holding them 11 points below their season average. Unfortunitly, IU was unable to score enough points to overcome the Gophers which are very talented. The wife and I will be attending the Big Ten tournament in Chicago this week. I have only missed one Big Ten tournament since it’s inception. One thing I know is that the girls will play exceptionally hard despite their below average talent. This team has been fun to watch this year simply because of how hard they have played against superior talent day in and day out. This is a direct result of the great coaching staff that is available to them! Hang in there Lady Hoosier fans, the future is bright! Go Hoosiers!

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