Long gone are the days of Big Ten struggles.
The Indiana Hoosiers and head coach Tom Crean took their lumps in their first few years together, but things have certainly changed over the course of the past two seasons.
After bursting onto the scene during the 2011-12 season, the Hoosiers have quickly found themselves on a collision course with supremacy in 2013. They began the year as the team to beat within the conference and on Tuesday night, a long road of ups and downs have come down to one chance to simply take what they have been striving for for a number of years now: a conference crown
Win or lose, Indiana will not stop on Tuesday night. However, a moment of satisfaction will undoubtedly be felt within Assembly Hall on Tuesday night should the Hoosiers be able to knock off Ohio State for a second time this season.
“It’s something that we’ve been working for all year, so it’s obviously exciting for us,” All-American candidate and starting forward Cody Zeller told Dustin Dopirak of The Hoosier Scoop. “But it’s only a share of the Big Ten championship. We were right back to work to getting this win tomorrow night and having it all to ourselves.”
That’s exactly what they are out to achieve. The Hoosiers have already clinched at least a share of the league title, but like Zeller referred to in his quote, Indiana wants it all to themselves.
One win in two games is all it takes, but either way the Hoosiers are celebrating their first regular season crown since 2002.
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