In light of it being Valentine’s Day, we here at The Hoosier Network decided we’d try to rank some of the great duos, both funny and serious, in Indiana athletic history.
#10: Tom Crean + Diet Coke
Tom Crean won 166 games in his tenure at the helm of the men’s basketball program at IU. However as the years went by, fans grew weary, his hair went gray, but one thing remained the same: his love for Diet Coke.
Every game, no matter the venue, he had multiple Diet Cokes at the ready to be cracked open and promptly slammed down to readjust his pants at the hip.
#9: Todd Yeagley + Restarts
Todd Yeagley is on here twice. One for actual soccer accomplishments and this one for an interesting little tidbit he loves. Coach Yeagley has taken his club to the College Cup two times in his seven years as head coach. This in large part is due to the success that the team converts goals from free kicks, or in Yeagley’s terms, restarts.
When asked about them he starts to smile because he gets so excited about them. On the sideline he feels his squad has a very good chance of scoring or creating a chance when they’re given a free kick in a dangerous spot or a corner.
#8: Yogi Ferrell + Cody Zeller
Back in the 2012/2013 season of IU basketball, there was a lot of optimism. Cody Zeller was coming back for his sophomore season, the team was preseason #1 and they had a very talented in state point guard by the name of Kevin ‘Yogi’ Ferrell joining the squad.
The season went as planned by winning the Big Ten title outright at Michigan after the ball seemed to sit on the rim for half a century before finally falling out. Then the tournament came and the Hoosiers were still number one.
It seemed that Tom Crean finally did bring them back to greatness. Zeller and Ferrell combined for 24.1 PPG of Indiana’s 78.6 scoring average that year. Ferrell also tossed in just over 4 dimes a game to lead the Hoosiers to Sweet Sixteen battle with Syracuse where they ultimately fell to a zone that looked to be impenetrable.
#7 Nate Sudfeld/Tre Roberson + Cody Latimer/Shane Wynn
Ah the glory days of the good Indiana football offense. I realize there are four people listed on this duo, but they played the same positions so it counts. Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson split time at the QB position in the 2013/2014 season because Roberson could run and Sudfeld could throw. Sudfeld found the end zone with his arm 21 times during the season while Roberson threw for 15 but also rushed for five.
The two guys on the receiving end of the majority of these throws were Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn. Those two combined to catch 20 of the 36 touchdown passes thrown that season. Latimer was also a 1,000 yard receiver that year.
#6 Kyle Schwarber + Sam Travis
These two could absolutely rip the cover off of a baseball. Both are now in the majors with the Cubs and Red Sox, respectively. In their time at IU, however, neither hit below .300 in their three years with the Hoosiers. They combined to mash 71 home runs and 314 RBI in that time span as well.
They, along with a great pitching staff, led the Hoosiers to their first ever College World Series in Omaha. The duo helped the Hoosiers to a 123-61 record from 2012-2014 before they both departed for the Majors.
#5 Quinn Buckner + Scott May
Both 1,000-point scorers for their careers and on the undefeated 1976 National Championship team. Buckner in four seasons with IU averaged 10 points and 4.5 assists per game (3rd all time with 542) while his counterpart was the AP Player of he Year in 1976 averaging 23.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG and shooting 52.7%.
The duo led the Bob Knight to his first National Championship title and the 3rd for the Hoosiers. May scored the most points in the tournament in 1976 with 113 but another teammate, Kent Benson, was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
#4 Tyra Buss + Amanda Cahill
This duo may be the most underrated on this list. What these two have done for the women’s basketball program at Indiana has been remarkable. They led the Hoosiers to the second round of the NCAA tournament in for the first time in 33 years back in 2016.
Last season they got a WNIT berth and went all the way to the to the Elite 8 while racking up 23 wins and 2,547 points for the season which were both program bests. Cahill has been Robin to Buss’s Batman for four years now.
Tyra has set numerous program records this season including points scored (2,106), free throws made (569) and attempted (764), and steals (264). After racking up three assists in their last game out, she needs just 13 more to break the career assist record as well.
Cahill is no slouch herself. This season Amanda became only the third player in program history to corral over 1,000 rebounds. She was also the second player in program history to record more than 1,600 points and 1,000 rebounds.
All in all the two have combined for 3,796 points. I’d say that’s one dynamic duo.
#3 Steve Alford + Keith Smart
Steve Alford is one of the most successful players in Indiana basketball history. He has a national title, is second on the all time scoring list with 2,438 and was a two-time consensus All-American.
His partner was a two-year starter for the Hoosiers who averaged 12.1 PPG and 3.1 APG, but also hit one of the most well known shots in all of Hoosier basketball history to win the 1981 National Championship over the Syracuse Orange.
#2 Brian Maisonneuve + Todd Yeagley
This duo may not be as well known. But they absolutely are one of the most accomplished duos in Hoosier history. Maisonneuve and Yeagley played with each other on the men’s soccer team for the Godfather, Jerry Yeagley. Although they could only be National runner-ups in 1994 for the storied program, they were both named players of the year that same year.
Yeagley was named the MAC Player of the Year while Maisonneuve received the Herrman Player of the Year award. Yeagley and Maisonneuve also picked First Team All American honors. Maisonneuve finished his career as the leading goal scorer in the Big Ten with 44.
#1 Lilly King + Cody Miller
These two just had to be number because they are Olympic Gold Medalists. Lilly King is most notably known for defeating Russian swimmer, Yuliya Yefimova, with a time of 1:04.93 in the 100-meter breaststroke. You might also remember her wagging her finger after defeating the Russian who was caught cheating earlier in 2016. King also went on to win gold in the 4 X 100 meter medley.
Miller, on the other hand, only has one gold medal (like that’s less impressive) and one bronze medal to pair it with. He won bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke and gold in the 4 X 100 meter medley as well as King on the women’s side.