With the Louisville Cardinals‘ triumphant run through the Big East tournament, the nation has really shifted their attention away from the Indiana Hoosiers to the MSG darlings and Gonzaga. But, as President Barack Obama said during his Bracket predictions for ESPN, the Hoosiers might just be the most talented team in the field of 68.
And, you could even argue that No. 1 Seeded Indiana will reach the Final Four in Atlanta and roll through the East Region of the NCAA Tournament with ease.
In the first round, head coach Tom Crean and company will face the winner of the LIU Brooklyn and James Madison 16-seed play-in game. History and Indiana’s sheer talent tells us that IU will most likely steam-roll that first round second round game.
Moving forward, the top teams Indiana would have to face before even reaching the Elite 8 are Syracuse, UNLV, NC State and Temple. Can anyone of those teams really threaten a cast that’s top six scorers are Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipi, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey and Kevin Ferrell?
Of Indiana’s six losses this year, they lost by a combined 34 points. That’s just 5.7 points. So, the Hoosiers are going to be competitive in every game this tournament at the least.
Further, 99 percent of the country is expecting Indiana to either face Miami, Marquette or Butler in the Elite 8. Those teams won’t scare the Big 10 regular season champions either. It seems unlikely that the Hurricane’s Shane Larkin-dominated offense will be able to overcome Oladipo, Hulls, and Ferrell.
While Marquette is a talented club, they don’t have the firepower to compete with the Hoosiers either. Lastly, even though the Bulldogs did Indiana earlier in this season, it came at home, in overtime and only by two points. On a neutral court, it should be a different story.
So, if you’re filling out a bracket like millions of other Americans this March, be smart and put the Hooisers in your Final Four.