Halfway through January 2023, the Indiana Hoosiers women’s basketball program is hitting its stride, especially with Teri Moren leading the charge. Along with the women’s team, the men’s team hopes to turn some heads in Champaign ahead of Thursday night’s contest.
Mackenzie Holmes and the Indiana women’s basketball team have shown their strength after dropping their first game of the season in East Lansing against Michigan State on December 29. Since then, the Hoosiers have won five straight games, with two ranked wins over No. 9 Maryland and No. 21 Illinois, with two upcoming ranked Big Ten opponents on the schedule with No. 14 Michigan in Ann Arbor and No. 2 Ohio State in Assembly Hall (January 26 — Pack the Hall).
Holding strong at 17-1 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten, Teri Moren has an opportunity to lead this women’s basketball team deep in the NCAA Tournament, currently ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 and being placed as a 1-seed by many bracketologists as we approach March.
The one major component of this Indiana women’s basketball team aside from the play from Naismith Player of the Year candidate Mackenzie Holmes and the return of Grace Berger is the leadership from Coach Teri Moren.
On Wednesday night in Champaign, Moren became the all-time winningest coach in Indiana women’s basketball history, passing the late Jim Izard, with her 189th win in her ninth season in Bloomington.
In Teri Moren We Trust. This team has the chance to be something special.
Indiana Hoosiers @ Illinois Fighting Illini Preview
After the women’s team took care of business on Wednesday night with an 83-72 win over No. 21 Illinois, the men’s team takes the floor at State Farm Center with a chance to shock some college basketball fans with possibly their first Big Ten road win against a streaking Illini squad.
Illinois has won four straight games after starting 0-3 in the Big Ten and has not lost a game at home since falling to Penn State on December 10, 74-59. Since that game, the Illini have won four straight home games by an average margin of 18.3 points per game, with a 10-point win over No. 14 Wisconsin and a 9-point win over Michigan State.
Indiana, on the other hand, is looking to start a streak of their own, especially after snapping their three-game losing streak with a dominant showing against No. 18 Wisconsin on Sunday, winning 63-45 in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have yet to claim a big road victory since taking down unranked Xavier on November 18, 81-79.
What do the Hoosiers need to do to come home with a huge road victory over the Illini? Who will step up? Will the defense we saw against Wisconsin travel to Champaign? All of these questions will be answered tonight at 7:30 PM on FS1. Tune in and go Hoosiers!