The Indiana Hoosiers are the Big Ten's regular-season champions.
It was indeed a super Tuesday for Tom Crean's crew, which held off Iowa by an 81-78 score in Iowa City.
The Hoosiers shot a sterling 50.8 percent from the field, buoyed by a hot first half in which they posted a terrific 60-percent shooting mark. Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes struggled from the field all night long, shooting just 38.8 percent from the field and 36.1 percent in the second half.
Indiana had a six-point lead at halftime and boosted that edge to double digits not long into the second half. That lead reached as high as 14 and stayed in double digits till midway through the half. Iowa's charge came then, an 11-0 run capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Nicholas Baer that tied the game at 70. The Hawkeyes grabbed their first lead of the half with four and a half minutes to play. But Peter Jok's layup that gave them that advantage was the Hawkeyes' final made basket before there were just nine seconds remaining, the team's only point during that more than four-minute stretch was an Adam Woodbury free throw. And during that stretch, the Hoosiers took advantage, going 5-for-6 from the free-throw line to grab a modest two-point lead before Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer that put Indiana ahead, 80-75, with 37 seconds to play. Anthony Clemmons hit a 3 with nine seconds left to bring Iowa within three, and the Hawkeyes came away with a steal in the final seconds. But a pair of 3-point attempts were no good, and Indiana won the game and the conference crown.
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The Hoosiers were 11-for-22 from behind the 3-point line, also holding a small 34-30 edge in points in the paint, scoring 14 second-chance points and scoring 18 points off turnovers.
Ferrell led the way with 20 points — hitting four 3-pointers — with Troy Williams scoring 15 points and Nick Zeisloft scoring 11 points. Thomas Bryant recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Jarrod Uthoff scored 18 points to lead the Hawkeyes. Clemmons scored 14 points, and Ahmad Wagner scored 11 points.
Indiana secured its second outright regular-season conference championship in the past four seasons, quite the accomplishment for a head coach in Crean who has been under a ton of fire in recent years. The Hoosiers have won four games in a row and have a 24-6 record overall, 14-3 in the Big Ten. There is one final regular-season game remaining: against Maryland on Sunday.
Iowa has now dropped four in a row and five of its last six, frighteningly mirroring its late-season slide two years ago. The Hawkeyes sit at 20-9 overall and 11-6 in the conference after Tuesday's loss. They close their regular-season schedule Saturday at Michigan.