Either way, we owe Illinois a case of beer for beating both teams.
Rooting interest, Indiana vs Ohio.
Till they lose to us at home like they're supposed to.
I think IU is a bigger threat to win the B1G then Ohio. So I will be rooting for IU to lose.
Haha this thread was a lot of fun to read. Note to self: Don't ever misspell anything in a thread title.
What helps Michigan is beating a highly ranked IU team at the end of the year! And I would just feel dirty rooting for Ohio.
I'm sure Indiana fans got sick of hearing about the best back court in the country and how nice Crisler is and how he can't wait to see it. Vitale is the only announcer that can manage to annoy the entire listening audience
The prime directive: Always root against Ohio State. Plus, we control our own destiny in the Big Ten basketball race, so there is no reason to even consider deviating from this sound rule.
Rooting for IU to lose. We don't want any of the other contenders to win on another contender's home floor.
They just lost ot ILL
Ohio State, as much as it pains me to say. I don't want Indiana winning a big game on the road.
I actually mostly like OSU basketball. They play a style I enjoy, their players have mostly seemed like good guys.
that said, even if I felt about them like I feel about OSU football, I'd be rooting for them because it's in our best interest in the standings.
...have you been to Columbus...wearing Michigan gear (albeit not the brightest thing I did when attending Michigan) for a b-ball game? They do not discriminate by sport. I did not hear a single Ohio fan say oh...we only root against you in football...we love your basketball team...they are fun to watch!
Indiana has my vote. Rooting for Ohio is like cheering for the spread of syphilis. I'm not doing THAT again!
It's close to a push, but with Indiana tied and OSU a loss behind us, an OSU win over IU betters our conference title chances.
I also think IU has a much better chance at the title than OSU, so if IU is a loss behind us that puts us in excellent standing. Of course, all we need to do is win, the rest will sort itself out.
This is a toughie, but.... if I can't root for the asteroid, I go with wanting the Hoosiers to win this one.
- The same OSU fans we hate in November? Many of them are also at Value City cheering for their basketball team. The only reason they don't poop in coolers is because there aren't tailgates for a basketball game in February.
- If Indiana was the crean of the crop and OSU was a bunch of scrubs, I'd gladly hold my nose and root for the Buckeyes just this once. OSU is very legit, as we saw Tuesday. I don't want to see them putting it all together and making a run in March. If they revert back to All Deshaun All The Time, I'm fine with that. Also, OSU losing Sunday is a potentially fatal deathblow to another viable conference contender's title hopes.
- Yeah, Crean is a Dwight Schrute-wannabe douchebag, but is Thad Matta substantially better in that regard?
- This isn't like OSU at MSU last season where the result of that game absolutely determined who'd win the conference. There's almost half a season left to play and you can't even say for sure that OSU winning is the best result for our title hopes.
Isn't "fatal deathblow" kind of redundant?
"crean of the crop" lol
Ohio cheats; Indiana doesn't. The choice is pretty easy for me.
Or are they still on it, for the Sampson years? Plus they had a bunch of players suspended at the start of the season for violations.
It's not exactly gold pants for tats, and it's not their history, but they might have been in more actual (if minor) trouble than anything OSU has been caught doing...yet.
I'm rooting for OSU. Winning on the road in the Big Ten is extremely hard, and we might just split with MSU. A loss by Indiana could give us some margin for error.
I rooted for OSU in a bowl game once, several years ago. I've learned from my mistake. It won't happen again.
Indiana simply isn't good enough to dominate anyone in the top half of the B1G on the road. Also, I think OSU drops three more games (@IU, @Wisky and home against MSU) to finish 12-6 so I don't view them as a threat. We need more IU losses.
This thread added to the substance of the universe in a very hilarious manner. I'm reading the fateful transcript-and-subsequent-community-revision of the title and scope therin. Classic stuff!
Rooting interest, intra-conference juggernauts (State, Ohio, IU): Usually Away team win--it weakens the homecourt advantage, and anything to make away games less worrying for my team (Michigan) as it potentially plays at these sites in the future. I could go either way but I also root for as many turnovers and sloppy play as possible.