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Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball

Indiana Hoosiers
2014–15 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team
Indiana Hoosiers athletic logo
University Indiana University
First season 1901
All-time record 1736-981 (.639)
Conference Big Ten
Location Bloomington, IN
Head coach Tom Crean (7th year)
Arena Assembly Hall
(Capacity: 17,472)
Nickname Hoosiers
Student section Crimson Guard

Crimson and Cream

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
NCAA Tournament champions
1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987
NCAA Tournament runner up
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1940, 1953, 1973, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992, 2002
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1940, 1953, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1993, 2002
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1953, 1954, 1958, 1967, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2012, 2013
NCAA Tournament appearances
1940, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1967, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
Conference regular season champions
Big Ten Conference
1926, 1928, 1936, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2013

The Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Indiana University (IU). The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the NCAA. The Hoosiers play on Branch McCracken Court at the Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana on the IU campus. Indiana has won five NCAA Championships in men's basketball (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987) — the first two under coach Branch McCracken and the latter three under Bob Knight. The Hoosiers' five NCAA Championships are tied for third in history with North Carolina (5), trailing only UCLA (11), and Kentucky (8). Indiana's 1976 squad remains the last undefeated NCAA men's basketball champion, and considered by many to be the best college basketball team ever.

The Hoosiers are also sixth in NCAA Tournament appearances (37), seventh in NCAA Tournament victories (62), eighth in Final Four appearances (8), and 11th in overall victories.[1] The Hoosiers have won 21 Big Ten Conference Championships and have the best winning percentage in conference games at nearly 60 percent. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than the Hoosiers with 53. The Hoosiers also rank seventh in all-time AP poll appearances and sixth in the number of weeks spent ranked No. 1.[2] Every four-year men's basketball letterman since 1973 has earned a trip to the NCAA basketball tournament. Additionally, every four-year player since 1950 has played on a nationally ranked squad at Indiana.[3]

The Hoosiers are among the most storied programs in the history of college basketball, and considered to be a blue blood of the sport. A 2012 study listed Indiana as the third most valuable collegiate basketball program in the country.[4] Indiana has ranked in the top 15 nationally in men's basketball attendance every season since Assembly Hall opened in 1972, and often in the top five.[5] When asked if Indiana basketball fans were the most passionate in the country, ESPN commentator Dick Vitale said, "I don't think there's any doubt about it. They eat, sleep and drink the game."[6] Basketball sportscaster Gus Johnson called Assembly Hall, "the Carnegie Hall of basketball."[7]

Indiana has two main rivalries including in-state, against the Purdue Boilermakers (see Indiana-Purdue rivalry), and out-of-state, against the Kentucky Wildcats (see Indiana–Kentucky rivalry). The team is currently coached by Tom Crean.[8]


  • Traditions 1
    • Candy striped pants 1.1
    • Jerseys 1.2
    • William Tell Overture 1.3
    • Mop lady 1.4
  • History 2
    • Early years (1900-1924) 2.1
    • Everett Dean Era (1924–1938) 2.2
    • Branch McCracken Era (1938-1965) 2.3
    • Lou Watson Era (1965-1971) 2.4
    • Bob Knight Era (1971–2000) 2.5
    • Mike Davis Era (2000-2006) 2.6
    • Kelvin Sampson Era (2006-2008) 2.7
    • Tom Crean Era (2008-present) 2.8
  • Season by Season records 3
  • Current staff and players 4
  • Facilities 5
    • Old Assembly Hall (1900-1917) 5.1
    • Men's Gymnasium (1917–1928) 5.2
    • The Fieldhouse (1928-1960) 5.3
    • New Fieldhouse (1960-1971) 5.4
    • Assembly Hall (1971-present) 5.5
    • Cook Hall 5.6
  • Coaching history 6
  • Notable Players and Coaches 7
    • National Player of the Year 7.1
    • All-Americans 7.2
    • Academic All-Americans 7.3
    • Coaching honors 7.4
    • Conference honors 7.5
    • National Basketball Hall of Fame 7.6
  • Post-season 8
    • NCAA tournament 8.1
    • NCAA Tournament seeding history 8.2
    • Complete NCAA tournament results 8.3
    • NIT results 8.4
    • CCAT results 8.5
  • Tournament Titles 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Candy striped pants

Indiana players wear warm-up pants that are striped red and white, like the stripes of a candy cane. They were first worn by the team in the 1970s under head coach Bob Knight.[9] At the time they were in keeping with the fashion trends of the 1970s, but despite changing styles they have since become an iconic part of playing for Indiana. IU star guard Steve Alford said, "As you watch television and you watch the IU games, that's the first thing you saw, was the team run out in the candy stripes. So when you finally got to put those on, those are pretty special."[9] Rusty Stillions, Director of Indiana's Equipment Operations, said the pants were originally available only for team members. However, changes in licensing agreements permitted the general public to buy them as well.[9] They have since become a staple at games and other Indiana basketball events.


Players huddle before a game in their iconic candy striped pants

The team is widely noted for their simple game jerseys. Unlike most other schools, Indiana doesn't have players' names on the back of jerseys that players wear on the court.[10] The notion behind the nameless jerseys is that players play for the team name on the front, not the individual's name on the back. In keeping with the principle of team over player, no uniform numbers have been retired by Indiana. Adidas is the current outfitter of Indiana basketball and all Indiana athletics.

When coach Mike Davis began at Indiana, he suggested adding names to the jerseys, but was met with considerable backlash from fans and the proposal was dropped.[11] Despite the long tradition behind the jerseys, they have undergone some slight changes over the years. The school's colors are cream and crimson, but in the 1970s coach Bob Knight and football coach Lee Corso started using uniforms that were more scarlet or bright red.[12] During the same time, cream gave way almost universally to white. But those colors reverted mostly to cream and crimson in the early 2000s, after then-athletics director Michael McNeely decided that the team uniforms needed to reflect the school's official colors of cream and crimson.

William Tell Overture

During the third time-out of every second half, the Indiana pep band and cheerleading squad performs the William Tell Overture with cheerleaders racing around the court carrying myriad flags. Indiana Assistant Director for Facilities Chuck Crabb said the tradition began in about 1979 or 1980.[13] Sportscaster Billy Packer called it "the greatest college timeout in the country."[13]

Mop lady

In 1971 Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance became the sole sponsor of the Indiana University and Purdue University basketball games on WTTV-4.[14] During the mid-1970s, the State Farm Indiana Legends ads included a lady named "Martha" sweeping the floors of Assembly Hall while whistling and singing the school's fight song. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the ad ran during Indiana basketball games. Upon the termination of coach Bob Knight from Indiana, State Farm pulled the ad.[14] In 2009 coach Tom Crean resurrected the tradition and had "Martha" appear at the "Midnight Madness" festivities to begin the season. Because the actress who had appeared in the original ads was unavailable, singer Sheila Stephen stepped in as the new Martha. Since the 2010-11 season, video of the original ad is shown at home games after the National Anthem and right before tip off.[15]


Early years (1900-1924)

The first Indiana basketball team (1900-01)

Indiana fielded its first men's basketball team in the 1900-01 season, posting a 1–4 ledger under coach James H. Horne. In their first game the Hoosiers traveled to Indianapolis and lost to Butler 17-20.[16] Indiana's first victory was a 26-17 win over Wabash College that same year.[16]

In 1917 the Hoosiers began playing their games at the Men's Gymnasium. After the first few games there spectators complained that they couldn't see the game because of opaque wooden backboards. Therefore new backboards were installed that contained one-and-a-half inch thick plate glass so that fans could see games without an obstructed view. As a result, it was the first facility - and the Hoosiers were the first team - in the country to use glass backboards.[17]

Everett Dean Era (1924–1938)

IU's first great head coach, Everett Dean, was at first a standout player who garnered IU's first All-America honors in 1921.[16] In 1924, Dean signed on as the full-time head coach of his alma mater.[16] Under Dean, the Hoosiers would elevate their play to new heights, winning their first-ever share of the Big Ten Conference title in 1926, defeating Wisconsin 35-20. The Hoosiers also won conference championships in 1928 and 1936. Four All-Americans helped lead the Hoosiers in this era: Jim Strickland, Branch McCracken (later coach), Vern Huffman, and Ken Gunning. Dean coached Indiana until 1938. He is the only coach named to both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Hall of Fame.[16]

Branch McCracken Era (1938-1965)

When Dean left for Stanford, the popular selection to succeed him was Branch McCracken.[18] McCracken was another young alumnus and former player under Everett Dean.[18] Because of his fast-breaking style of play, McCracken's teams would earn the nickname "Hurryin' Hoosiers".

McCracken's first IU team was led by All-America Ernie Andres, later a McCracken basketball assistant.[16] In McCracken's first year, the team finished 17–3, splitting games with both Purdue and eventual NCAA runnerup Ohio State.[16] The following year the 1939-40 NCAA title team, led by All-American Marvin Huffman, would take Indiana to unprecedented success: an NCAA title and a record (at the time) 20 wins.[18] The 20-3 record by that team would not be bested for another 13 years until broken again by Indiana.[18] At their home court at The Fieldhouse, Indiana saw six perfect seasons including a 24-game unbeaten home winning streak from 1938-1941. In 1948, McCracken was responsible for recruiting Bill Garrett who became the first African American player in Big Ten varsity basketball history.

The Hoosiers' 1952-53 NCAA title team - led by Bobby Leonard, Dick Farley, and three-time All-American Don Schlundt - won the Big Ten and went on to win the NCAA championship by defeating reigning champions Kansas by one point. The Hoosiers would again win the Big Ten the following season in 1953–54. Just a few years later the team won back-to-back conference championships in 1956–57 and 1957–58 behind the leadership of two-time All-American Archie Dees. A few years later the Hoosiers were led by two-time All-American Walt Bellamy, one of the few African-American players in college basketball at the time.

In the fall of 1960 the Indiana Hoosiers football program was hit with devastating NCAA sanctions that impacted every varsity sport at the school, including basketball.[19] Although the violations only occurred within the football program, all Hoosier varsity sports were barred from postseason play during the probationary period.[19] The sanctions drastically undermined the ability of coaches to lure talented players to Indiana. Nevertheless, McCracken did manage to successfully recruit twins Dick Van Arsdale and Tom Van Arsdale, both of whom would earn All-America honors in 1965.

McCracken ultimately coached IU for 23 years, amassing 364 wins and 210 Big Ten wins.[16] His teams also won four regular season Big Ten titles and went to the NCAA tournament four times, winning two national titles.[16] He was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame and the court now at Assembly Hall is named in his honor.

Lou Watson Era (1965-1971)

Sandwiched between two iconic coaches in George McGinnis. Watson ended his Indiana coaching career with a 61-60 record.

Bob Knight Era (1971–2000)

During Bob Knight's 29 years as head coach at Indiana, the Hoosiers won 662 games, including 22 seasons of 20 or more wins, while losing but 239, a remarkable .735 winning percentage. In 24 NCAA appearances at Indiana, Hoosier teams under Bob Knight won 42 of 63 games (.667), winning titles in 1975-76, 1980-81, and 1986-87, while finishing third in 1973 and 1992. While at Indiana, a total of 23 different players under Coach Knight's tutelage received All-American and All-Big Ten honors. For 10-consecutive seasons, a player made the All-American Academic and All-Big Ten Academic Teams, and a total of 18 players were so honored. Nine Indiana players won 10 Big Ten Most Valuable Player honors.

Kent Benson of the 1976 NCAA Championship team scoring in a Big Ten game against Illinois in 1977

In 1972–73, Knight's second year as coach, Indiana won the Big Ten championship and reached the Final Four, but lost to UCLA. The following season, 1973–74, Indiana once again captured a Big Ten title. In the two following seasons, 1974-75 and 1975-76, the Hoosiers were undefeated in the regular season and won 37-consecutive Big Ten games, including two more Big Ten championships. The 1974-75 Hoosiers swept the entire Big Ten by an average of 22.8 points per game. However, in an 83-82 win against Purdue they lost consensus All-American forward Scott May to a broken left arm. With May's injury keeping him to 7 minutes of play, the No. 1 Hoosiers lost to Kentucky 92-90 in the Mideast Regional. The Hoosiers were so dominant that four starters - Scott May, Steve Green, Kent Benson and Quinn Buckner - would make the five-man All-Big Ten team. The following season, 1975–76, the Hoosiers went the entire season and 1976 NCAA tournament without a single loss, beating Michigan 86–68 in the title game. Indiana remains the last school to accomplish this feat.[20][21]

Behind the play of Mike Woodson Indiana won the 1979 NIT championship. The 1979-80 Hoosiers, led by Woodson and Isiah Thomas, won the Big Ten championship and advanced to the 1980 Sweet Sixteen. The following season, in 1980-81, Thomas and the Hoosiers once again won a conference title and won the 1981 NCAA tournament, the school's fourth national title. In 1982–1983, with the strong play of Uwe Blab and All-Americans Ted Kitchel and Randy Wittman, the No. 1 ranked Hoosiers were favorites to win another national championship. However with an injury to Kitchel mid-season, the Hoosiers' prospects were grim. Knight asked for fan support to rally around the team and, when the team ultimately won the Big Ten title, he ordered that a banner be hung for the team in Assembly Hall as a tribute to the fans, who he credited with inspiring the team to win its final three home games. Nevertheless in the tournament Kitchel's absence was felt and the team lost to Kentucky in the 1983 Sweet Sixteen.

The 1985-86 Hoosiers were profiled in a best-selling book A Season on the Brink. To write it Knight granted author John Feinstein almost unprecedented access to the Indiana basketball program, as well as insights into Knight's private life. The following season, in 1986-87, the Hoosiers were led by All-American Steve Alford and captured a share of the Big Ten title. The team won Indiana's fifth national championship against Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA tournament with a game-winning jump shot by Keith Smart with five seconds of play remaining in the championship game.[22] In the 1988–1989 season the Hoosiers were led by All-American Jay Edwards and won a Big Ten championship.

From 1990-91 through 1992-93, the Hoosiers posted 87 victories, the most by any Big Ten team in a three-year span, breaking the mark of 86 set by Knight's Indiana teams of 1974-76. Teams from these three seasons spent all but two of the 53 poll weeks in the top 10, and 38 of them in the top 5. They captured two Big Ten crowns in 1990-91 and 1992-93, and during the 1991-92 season reached the Final Four. During the 1992-93 season, the 31-4 Hoosiers finished the season at the top of the AP Poll, but were defeated by Kansas in the Elite Eight. Teams from this era included Greg Graham, Pat Knight, All-Americans Damon Bailey and Alan Henderson, and National Player of the Year Calbert Cheaney.

Throughout the mid and late 1990s Knight and the Hoosiers continued to experience success with superior play from All-Americans Brian Evans and A. J. Guyton. The Hoosiers won a minimum of 19 games and played in the NCAA Tournament each year. However, 1993 would be Knight's last conference championship and 1994 would be his last trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Moreover, his portrayal in the media often brought as much controversy to the school as success. The controversial reputation, combined with a strained relationship with then-University President Myles Brand, resulted in Knight's controversial dismissal in 2000.[23]

Mike Davis Era (2000-2006)

Following Bob Knight's tumultuous exit from Indiana, assistant Mike Davis took over as interim head coach in the fall of 2000. In his first season, Davis led a team featuring All-Americans Kirk Haston and Jared Jeffries to a 21–13 record. The following year, in the 2001–02 season, Davis was named the permanent coach. That year the Hoosiers captured a share of the Big Ten championship and made an unexpected trip to the 2002 NCAA championship game. But after the Hoosiers failed to make the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005 (for the first time since 1985), criticism of Davis grew. Following months of speculation, he announced his resignation in February 2006, saying the basketball program needed to move on with a new coach. He remained with the team for the rest of the 2006 season before leaving.[24]

Kelvin Sampson Era (2006-2008)

On March 28, 2006, Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson was named coach of the Hoosiers, despite a history of violating NCAA rules and sanctions imposed on him.[25] Sampson fielded competitive teams and scored a major recruiting victory by persuading in-state star Eric Gordon to sign with Indiana.[26] The Hoosiers, with Gordon and forward D.J. White, were considered one of the better teams during the 2007-2008 season. However, in October 2007 Sampson was found to have violated rules again, this time by engaging in a 3-way phone conversation with a recruit. Indiana punished Sampson by denying him a previously scheduled $500,000 raise, firing one of his assistant coaches, and taking away one of his scholarships for the 2008-2009 season.[27]

In early February 2008 the NCAA informed Indiana that Sampson had "knowingly violated telephone recruiting restrictions and then lied about it." After launching another internal investigation, Indiana officials announced just 14 days later that Sampson accepted a $750,000 buyout of his contract and resigned as the men's basketball coach.[28] Former player and assistant coach Dan Dakich was named Interim Head Coach. In November 2008, the NCAA imposed a three-year probation on the basketball program and upheld the school's self-imposed sanctions stemming from the actions of Sampson and his staff.[29]

Tom Crean Era (2008-present)

On April 1, 2008, Tom Crean was hired as head coach and inherited a thoroughly depleted team.[30] Between Crean's hiring and the start of the 2008–09 season, freshman Eric Gordon opted to leave early for the NBA and star forward DJ White graduated. Two other players transferred and three others were kicked off the team. As a result, Crean began with a roster consisting of two walk-ons who had scored a combined 36 points in their careers.[31]

With a depleted roster and damaged recruiting lure, Crean's first three seasons saw losing records of 6–25 record (the worst in school history), 10-21, and 12-20. However, during this period Crean's recruiting classes progressively improved, most notably with the signing of five-star recruit and McDonald's All-American Cody Zeller, an Indiana native and lifelong Indiana Hoosier fan. Zeller was the highest ranked recruit to join the Indiana program since the Sampson era.

The 2011-2012 season was a watershed one for Crean and the program, which saw a 27–9 record and a sweet 16 appearance. The team earned wins over the #1 ranked Kentucky, the #2 ranked Ohio State, and #5 ranked Michigan State. This made Indiana the first Big 10 program to knock off the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the same season since 1991 and the first IU squad ever to defeat three programs ranked in the top five in the regular season.[32][33] The fifteen game win improvement in 2011-2012 was the largest single turnaround in the NCAA that season.[34] Crean's guidance of the program to success from "unthinkable depths" was regarded as one of the most remarkable rebuilding projects in NCAA basketball history.[31] The Hoosiers earned a number four seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing a rematch game to arch rival Kentucky, who would go on to win the national championship.

In the 2012-2013 season the Hoosiers spent 10 weeks ranked #1 in the country, and all but two weeks in the top 5.[35] The team finished as outright Big Ten regular season champions. Despite being a #1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, they again lost in the Sweet Sixteen. It was the first time since 1994 that the Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons.

The 2013-14 Hoosiers began the year winning the first five games of the season before losing a heart breaker to UCONN. The team finished with an overall record of only 17-15 and a losing conference record of 7-11 in the Big Ten Conference. Much of the season involved inconsistent play and league leading turnovers. The season ended with three players (Etherington, Hollowell and Fischer) transferring to different programs and Noah Vonleh leaving early for the NBA.

Season by Season records

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Tom Crean (Big Ten Conference) (2008–present)
2008–09 Tom Crean 6–25 1–17 11th ––
2009–10 Tom Crean 10–21 4–14 9th ––
2010–11 Tom Crean 12–20 3–15 11th ––
2011–12 Tom Crean 27–9 11–7 5th NCAA Sweet 16
2012–13 Tom Crean 29–7 14–4 1st NCAA Sweet 16
2013–14 Tom Crean 17-15 7–11 9th --
Tom Crean: 101–97 40–68
Total: 1,731–971

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Current staff and players


Old Assembly Hall (1900-1917)

Indiana's first basketball home was the original Assembly Hall, and at the time it was known simply as the Men's Gymnasium.[17] As a multi-purpose building it also hosted a number of other indoor sports and campus activities. The wood frame structure was built in 1896 at a cost of $12,000 and had a seating capacity of 600, though many more would often pack inside to watch games.[17] It was located on the east side of Owen Hall where a small "A" parking lot sits today on the south side of the Indiana Memorial Union building. The first basketball game was played on February 21, 1901, when Indiana lost to Butler 24-20.[17] In March 1911 the gym hosted the first ever Indiana high school basketball tournament and was hosted by the IU Booster Club instead of the IHSAA. As basketball began to outgrow the facility, students went so far as to characterize the gym as a public menace and health risk. On January 13, 1917, Indiana played its final game in the gym with a win over Iowa State 29-13. The building was torn down in 1938.[17]

Men's Gymnasium (1917–1928)

The Men's Gymnasium hosted Hoosier basketball from 1917-1928 and was the first in the nation to use glass backboards.

The Men's Gymnasium served as the home of the basketball team from 1917-1928. After the first few games spectators complained that they couldn't see the game because of opaque wooden backboards. As a result the Nurre Mirror Plate Company in Bloomington was employed to create new backboards that contained one-and-a-half inch thick plate glass so that fans could see games without an obstructed view. As a result, it was the first facility in the country to use glass backboards.[36] Due to growing popularity of the sport at the school the team eventually had to move to a larger arena. The facility is now used by the School of Public Health-Bloomington (formerly the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, HPER).

The Fieldhouse (1928-1960)

The Wildermuth Intramural Center (previously called The Fieldhouse) hosted the basketball team from 1928–1960. Indiana star player (and later coach) Branch McCracken scored the first point in the facility with a free throw.[17] During the team's 32 seasons there, it hosted two national championship teams, five conference titles, twenty different All-Americans, and three Big Ten Most Valuable Players. However, the growing popularity of the sport necessitated a move to a new facility.

New Fieldhouse (1960-1971)

The New Fieldhouse (later named the Gladstein Fieldhouse) was originally intended as an interim home for the men's basketball team, but ended up hosting the team for eleven years from 1960-1971. It now serves as a state-of-the-art track and field facility.

Assembly Hall (1971-present)

The Hoosiers currently play at Assembly Hall. The 17,472 seat arena has been the home of the men's basketball team since 1972. The basketball floor is named Branch McCracken Court after the legendary Hoosier coach. The south end of the arena prominently displays the program's five national championship banners. Former head coach Bob Knight called the facility a "sacred place" for student fans and athletes.[37] Basketball sportscaster Gus Johnson called Assembly Hall, "the Carnegie Hall of basketball."[7]

Cook Hall

Cook Hall is a basketball practice facility completed in 2010 and located next to Assembly Hall and connected to it by an underground tunnel. It contains a museum, locker rooms, practice courts, players' lounges, training and treatment areas, strength and conditioning areas, along with coaches offices.

Coaching history

Coach Years Win–Loss Win % Conference
NCAA Tourn.
NCAA Titles
James H. Horne 1901 1–4 .200 0
Phelps Darby 1902 4–4 .500 0
Willis Coval 1903–1904 13–8 .619 0
Z. G. Clevenger 1905–1906 12–21 .364 0
James M. Sheldon 1907 9–5 .643 0
Ed Cook 1908 9–6 .600 0
Robert Harris 1909 5–9 .357 0
John Georgen 1910 5–8 .385 0
Oscar Rackle 1911 11–5 .688 0
James Kase 1912 6–11 .353 0
Arthur Powell 1913 5–11 .312 0
Arthur Berndt 1914–1915 6–21 .222 0
Allan Willisford 1916 6–7 .462 0
Guy Lowman 1917 13–6 .684 0
Dana Evans 1918–1919 20–11 .645 0
Ewald O. Stiehm 1920 13–8 .619 0
George Levis 1921–1922 25–16 .610 0
Leslie Mann 1922–1924 19–13 .594 0
Everett Dean 1924–1938 162–93 .635 3
Branch McCracken 1938–1943, 1946–1965 364–174 .677 4 4 2
Harry C. Good 1943–1946 35–29 .547 0 0 0
Lou Watson 1965–1971 65–60 .520 1 1 0
Jerry Oliver 1969–1970, 1971 4–17 .190 0 0 0
Bob Knight 1971–2000 662–239 .735 11 24 3
Mike Davis 2000–2006 115–79 .592 1 4 0
Kelvin Sampson 2006–2008 43–15 .741 0 1 0
Dan Dakich 2008 3–4 .429 0 1 0
Tom Crean 2008–Present 101–97 .510 1 2 0

Notable Players and Coaches

National Player of the Year


♦ Denotes Consensus First-Team All-American

Academic All-Americans

Coaching honors

Conference honors

National Basketball Hall of Fame


Indiana has won five NCAA Championships in men's basketball (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987) — the first two under coach Branch McCracken and the latter three under Bob Knight — and 21 Big Ten Conference championships. The Hoosiers' five NCAA Championships are tied with North Carolina (5) for the third-most in history, trailing only UCLA (11) and Kentucky (8).[38] Their eight trips to the Final Four ranks seventh on the all-time list.[39] The Hoosiers have made 37 appearances in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament (fifth-most in NCAA history).[38] In those 37 appearances, Indiana has posted a 64–32 record (.667) (seventh all time).[38] Its 64 victories are the sixth-most in NCAA history.[38] The Hoosiers also won post-season tournaments in 1974, the Collegiate Commissioners Association Tournament, and in 1979, the National Invitation Tournament. As of 2014, the 1976 Hoosiers remain the last NCAA men's basketball team to go undefeated in both regular season and postseason play.

NCAA tournament

Championship Results

1940 NCAA Tournament Results[40]
Round Opponent Score
Regional Semifinals Springfield 48–24
Regional Finals Duquesne 39–30
National Finals Kansas 60–42
1953 NCAA Tournament Results[41]
Round Opponent Score
Regional Semifinals DePaul 82–80
Regional Finals Notre Dame 79–66
National Semifinals LSU 80–67
National Finals Kansas 69–68
1976 NCAA Tournament Results[42]
Round Opponent Score
Round #2 St. John's 90–70
Regional Semifinals Alabama 74–69
Regional Finals Marquette 65–56
National Semifinals UCLA 65–51
National Finals Michigan 86–68
1981 NCAA Tournament Results[43]
Round Opponent Score
Round #2 # 6 Maryland 99–64
Regional Semifinals #7 UAB 87–72
Regional Finals #9 St. Joseph's 78–46
National Semifinals #1 LSU 95–84
National Finals #2 North Carolina 63–50
1987 NCAA Tournament Results[44]
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 #16 Fairfield 92–58
Round #2 #8 Auburn 107–90
Regional Semifinals #5 Duke 88–82
Regional Finals #10 LSU 79–69
National Semifinals #1 UNLV 97–93
National Finals #2 Syracuse 74–73

NCAA Men's MOP Award[45]

NCAA Tournament seeding history

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.
Years → '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '06 '07 '08 '12 '13
Seeds → 2 3 5 2 5 3 1 4 2 8 2 2 1 5 9 6 8 7 6 6 4 5 7 6 7 8 4 1

Complete NCAA tournament results

The Hoosiers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 37 times. Their combined record is 64–32.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1940 Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
W 48–24
W 39–30
W 60–42
1953 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
Notre Dame
W 82–80
W 79–66
W 80–67
W 69–68
1954 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Notre Dame
L 64–65
W 73–62
1958 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Notre Dame
Miami (OH)
L 87–94
W 98–91
1967 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Virginia Tech
L 70–79
W 51–44
1973 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
W 75–69
W 72–65
L 59–70
W 97–79
1975 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Oregon State
W 78–53
W 81–71
L 90–92
1976 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
St. John's
W 90–70
W 74–69
W 65–56
W 65–51
W 86–68
1978 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
W 63–62
L 60–61
1980 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#7 Virginia Tech
#6 Purdue
W 68–59
L 69–76
1981 #3 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
#6 Maryland
#7 UAB
#9 Saint Joseph's
#1 LSU
#2 North Carolina
W 99–64
W 87–72
W 78–46
W 67–49
W 63–50
1982 #5 First Round
Second Round
#12 Robert Morris
#4 UAB
W 94–62
L 70–80
1983 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#7 Oklahoma
#3 Kentucky
W 63–49
L 59–64
1984 #4 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#12 Richmond
#1 North Carolina
#7 Virginia
W 75–67
W 72–68
L 48–50
1986 #3 First Round #13 Cleveland State L 79–83
1987 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
#16 Fairfield
#8 Auburn
#5 Duke
#10 LSU
#2 Syracuse
W 92–58
W 107–90
W 88–82
W 77–76
W 97–93
W 74–73
1988 #4 First Round #13 Richmond L 69–72
1989 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 George Mason
#3 Seton Hall
W 99–85
W 92–69
L 65–78
1990 #8 First Round #9 California L 63–65
1991 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Coastal Carolina
#7 Florida State
#3 Kansas
W 79–69
W 82–60
L 65–83
1992 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#15 Eastern Illinois
#7 LSU
#3 Florida State
#1 Duke
W 94–55
W 89–79
W 85–74
W 106–79
L 78–81
1993 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Wright State
#9 Xavier
#4 Louisville
#2 Kansas
W 97–54
W 73–70
W 82–69
L 77–83
1994 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Ohio
#4 Temple
#9 Boston College
W 84–72
W 67–58
L 68–77
1995 #9 First Round #8 Missouri L 60–65
1996 #6 First Round #11 Boston College L 51–64
1997 #8 First Round #9 Colorado L 62–80
1998 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Oklahoma
#2 Connecticut
W 94–87 OT
L 68–78
1999 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 George Washington
#3 St. John's
W 108–88
L 61–86
2000 #6 First Round #11 Pepperdine L 57–77
2001 #4 First Round #13 Kent State L 73–77
2002 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship Game
#12 Utah
#13 UNC Wilmington
#1 Duke
#10 Kent State
#2 Oklahoma
#1 Maryland
W 75–56
W 76–67
W 74–73
W 81–69
W 73–64
L 52–64
2003 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Alabama
#2 Pittsburgh
W 67–62
L 52–74
2006 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 San Diego State
#3 Gonzaga
W 87–83
L 80–90
2007 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Gonzaga
W 70–57
L 49–54
2008 #8 First Round #9 Arkansas L 72–86
2012 #4 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 New Mexico State
#12 VCU
#1 Kentucky
W 79–66
W 63–61
L 90–102
2013 #1 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#16 James Madison
#9 Temple
#4 Syracuse
W 83–62
W 58–52
L 50–61

NIT results

The Hoosiers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) four times. Their combined record is 8–3. They were NIT champions in 1979.

Year Round Opponent Result
1972 First Round Princeton L 60–68
1979 First Round
Second Round
Texas Tech
Alcorn State
Ohio State
W 78–59
W 72–68
W 64–55
W 53–52
1985 First Round
Second Round
W 79–57
W 75–53
W 94–82
W 74–67
L 62–65
2005 First Round Vanderbilt L 60–67

CCAT results

The Hoosiers appeared in one of the only two ever Collegiate Commissioners Association Tournaments. Their record is 3–0 and were champions in 1974.

Year Round Opponent Result
1974 Quarterfinals
W 73–71
W 73–72
W 83–76

Data from[16]

Tournament Titles

Season Tournament Results
1939-40 NCAA Championship W vs. Springfield 48-24
W vs. Duquesne 39-30
W vs. Kansas 60-42
1952-53 NCAA Championship W vs. DePaul 82-80
W vs. Notre Dame 79-66
W vs. LSU 80-67
W vs. Kansas 69-68
1973-74 CCAT W vs. Tennessee 73-71
W vs. Toledo 73-7
W vs. USC 83-76
1975-76 NCAA Championship W vs. St. John's 90-70
W vs. Alabama 74-69
W vs. Marquette 65-56
W vs. UCLA 65-51
W vs. Michigan 86-68
1978-79 NIT W vs. Texas Tech 78-59
W vs. Alcorn State 72-68
W vs. Ohio State 64-55
W vs. Purdue 53-52
1980-81 NCAA Championship W vs. Maryland 99-64
W vs. UAB 87-72
W vs. St. Joseph's 78-46
W vs. LSU 67-49
W vs. North Carolina 63-50
1986-87 NCAA Championship W vs. Fairfield 92-58
W vs. Auburn 107-90
W vs. Duke 88-82
W vs. LSU 77-76
W vs. UNLV 97-93
W vs. Syracuse 74-73
2002-03 Maui Invitational W vs. UMass 84-71
W vs. Gonzaga 76-75
W vs. Virginia 70-63
2012-13 Legends Classic W vs. Georgia 66-53
W vs. Georgetown 82-72

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External links

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