Indiana seniors take long road to earn respect

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The players in Indiana's senior class will save their goodbyes for later.

For now, they just want to celebrate the rebirth of Hoosiers basketball.

Yes, it's been a long, tough slog for the five players who will appear in their final home game Sunday against archrival Purdue, and it was tougher than any of them could have imagined four years ago.

While fans lamented the public struggles -- 28 wins in three seasons, heartbreaking losses and three debilitating injuries to Maurice Creek -- it was the seniors who faced even tougher circumstances behind the scenes.

But through perseverance, hard work and toughness, the seniors stuck around long enough to become a part of Indiana's greatest turnaround.