The Indiana Hoosiers are the No. 1 team in the nation and are still undefeated at 6-0. However, this may be different if Indiana was actually challenged so far this year.
The Hoosiers are obviously a great college basketball team. We all knew they would be coming into the year, so why would they not make their out-of-conference schedule tougher? Indiana has not played a single ranked opponent yet, but it will finally face the No. 14 North Carolina Tar Heels later on today.
Until that matchup, the Hoosiers toughest game was against a Georgetown Hoyas team that no one knew was going to be this good this early in the season. Georgetown is now ranked, but it wasn’t when Indiana beat them.
The Butler Bulldogs are a great basketball teams, but we are talking about the No. 1 team in the nation here. These teams will tip off on Dec. 15. Please, challenge yourselves.
The Duke Blue Devils have already played two top five teams, at the time in the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals. The Blue Devils will take on the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes this week. Now that is challenging yourself, but Duke has a rough out-of-conference schedule like that on a yearly basis and maybe this team is just a bunch of overachievers.
I completely understand that the Big Ten will be one of the best conferences in all of college basketball this season, so Indiana will face its fare share of tests this year, but it could have made its out-of-conference schedule a little tougher. North Carolina should give Indiana a game, but expect the Hoosiers to blow the rest of their competition away, until they start conference play.
Whether the case, Indiana will be challenged once before conference play starts in the the Big 10.
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