The last time Indiana won a Big Ten tournament game? 2006.
It has been a slow revival of Indiana hoops under Tom Crean, but the fifth-seeded Hoosiers took another step with a 75-58 win over 12th-seeded Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
Jordan Hulls led Indiana with 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including 4-for-6 from three-point range. Cody Zeller had 19 points, with most of those coming from the free-throw line, where he was 11-for-15. Zeller was one of three Hoosiers with 10 rebounds. Christian Watford shot just 2-for-11, but was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line and finished with 14 points. Tim Frazier led Penn State with 26 points (18 at halftime) and four assists, but he had four turnovers and shot 9-for-24 from three-point range
Verdell Jones went down late in the second half with what looked like a right knee injury. He did not return and a teary-eyed Crean told Big Ten Network after the game that it didn't look good for Jones.
Indiana advances to face fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Friday around 2:30 p.m.