As difficult as it was for the Indiana Hoosiers to lose a basketball game Tuesday night, especially at home, the sky won’t be falling in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers are going to be fine in the long run. They simply had a bad night against a very good Wisconsin team.
It happens. It’s part of life in college basketball.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean is confident Indiana will get back on track. “We played really hard,” Crean said in a post-game press conference. “We are always going to play really hard. The energy was good. We just over-helped sometimes.”
Playing against the Badgers isn’t easy. Wisconsin doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and it forces opponents to play their style of ball. And Indiana struggled to play it. The Hoosiers shot a miserable 37 percent from the floor and was just 3-of-12 from 3-point range.
“That’s their style of play,” Indiana’s Cody Zeller said in a post-game press conference. “We just didn’t defend the dribble well enough. Didn’t make enough shots. That’s all it boils down to.” Zeller is right. No point in trying to complicate matters.It’s a loss and you have to move on from it. Dwelling on it won’t do the Hoosiers any good.
It’s tough to be the team with the biggest target on its back, which is what the Hoosiers are as they entered the season as the top-ranked team in the nation. But in the long run, Indiana is going to be fine. It is still alive and well in the hunt for a Big Ten title and a national championship.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.