On Tuesday it was announced by Indiana University that five sculptures will be placed throughout Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall to pay tribute to the teams that have won national championships. With former head coach Bob Knight, who has not been on good terms with the school since his dismissal in 2000, being the head coach of three of those teams it’s fair to wonder if he would be a part of any of those sculptures.
Unfortunately Knight will not be in the sculptures for the 1976, 1981 or 1987 national championship teams, as it was noted in the release that the former coach requested to not be included. According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana athletics director Fred Glass said that it is school policy to request permission to depict someone on this kind of project. The school reached out to Knight, who declined the request.
The sculpture honoring the 1976 team was the reason for the school reaching out to Knight, as it honors the team that is the most Division I team to go through an entire season without a loss. That teams was led by the likes of Kent Benson, Scott May and Bobby Wilkerson, and won the first of Knight’s three national titles at Indiana.
After being fired prior to the start of the 2000-01 season, Knight spent a year away from coaching before accepting the head coaching job at Texas Tech. Despite Indiana having honored former players and teams of Knight’s in recent years, the relationship between the former coach and the school he led to three national titles remains strained to this day.
As for the sculptures, fans will be able to see them for the first time at Hoosier Hysteria on October 21.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) James Blackmon Jr. made five 3-pointers, scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Robert Johnson added 16 points, as No. 6 Indiana sailed to a 100-78 victory over UMass Lowell on Wednesday night.
Blackmon made four 3-pointers and scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half of Indiana’s regular season home opener.
The Hoosiers (2-0) were playing their first game since beating No. 3 Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic and had to overcome a slow, sloppy start. Indiana outscored UMass Lowell (1-2) 32-15 over the final 8:24 of the first half. Indiana shot 60 percent from the field (21 of 35) in the first half. The Hoosiers found scoring opportunities with sound passing, scoring 23 of their field goals off an assist.
Big men OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant contributed to Indiana’s onslaught. Anunoby scored 15 points and Bryant added nine. The Hoosiers outrebounded UMass Lowell 46-24. The 19 offensive rebounds helped the Hoosiers score 15 second-chance points.
Jahad Thomas finished with 16 points and Tyler Livingston scored 14 for the River Hawks.
BIG PICTURE: Indiana will have three more games to build on the big win over Kansas. The Hoosiers next three games are against mid-majors before they host North Carolina on Nov. 30. The Hoosiers’ other notable non-conference game comes on Dec. 17 when they face Butler at Bankers Life Fieldhouse before kicking off Big Ten Conference play against Nebraska on Dec. 28. Indiana’s final non-conference game is a showdown with No. 12 Louisville at Bankers Life on New Year’s Eve.
Indiana hosts Liberty University
UMass Lowell travels to Indiana-Fort Wayne
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The two programs met just a few months ago when the Tar Heels knocked off the Hoosiers in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, but their last regular-season meeting came in 2012, with Indiana toppling UNC.
The Jimmy V Classic puts Indiana in NYC for at least the next two years as they’ll be joined by Providence, Virginia Tech and Washington in the 2017 2K Sports Classic.
Indiana leads the all-time series against North Carolina, 8-5, with the first-ever meeting coming during the 1961-62 season. Between the two programs, they’ve combined for 10 NCAA national championships, with both schools accounting for five apiece.
Sure, it’d be great to see this as a home-and-home with the games being played in Bloomington and Chapel Hill, but to get these two programs to face each other in any setting (and, presumably, Madison Square Garden is no slouch) is a good sight to see.
Trump, of course, went on to win not only the Hoosier State primary, but also has become the party’s presumptive nominee. He’s now asking Knight to make his case not just to the state in which he won national titles, but to the entire country as a speaker at the Republican National Convention later this month in Cleveland.
Knight won 902 games in his career at West Point, Indiana and Texas Tech. His time with Indiana famously ended after he violated a “no-tolerance” policy placed on him after a string of controversies that are as much a part of his legacy as any achievement on the floor. He retired in 2008 after seven seasons with the Red Raiders.
Former Indiana player Emmitt Holt has committed to join Ed Cooley’s program at Providence, according to multiple reports.
Holt spent last season at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Ia. He left the Hoosier program last August after a series of high-profile off-the-court incidents. During his freshman season, Holt was cited for illegal consumption of alcohol and operating under the influence of alcohol under the age of 21 after an incident in which the car he was driving hit teammate Devin Davis. Last August, he was cited for underage possession of alcohol and dismissed from the program. Davis, who suffered a serious head injury in the accident, recently committed to Houston after spending a year at junior college.
Holt averaged 11.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 69.5 percent shooting last year for Indian Hills, which finished the season ranked sixth in the NJCAA Division I poll.
The 6-foot-8 forward will give the Friars frontcourt depth, which will be especially important if Ben Bentil decides to remain in the NBA draft after entering his name and not initially signing with an agent. Otherwise, Providence is slated to return all but All-American Kris Dunn from last year’s 24-11 tournament team.