Indiana Hoosiers: 5 Reasons They Will Go to Final Four
Reasons the Indiana Hoosiers Will be in Final Four
Indiana had arguably its best season in 20 years, not having achieved a No. 1 seed since 1993 under Bob Knight. The Hoosiers are known for their basketball, however, head coach Tom Crean is determined to earn the right to be called a basketball school once again.
Indiana finished the season as Big Ten champions, its first such title since 2002, which was also the year that it went to its last national title game.
Indiana has a history of winning and, with five national titles, it is poised to make its first deep tournament runs in over a decade. It went to the Sweet 16 last season for the first time since the 2002 season and it showed flashes of greatness throughout that season.
Those flashes of greatness shone through much brighter and stayed around much longer this season as it finished the regular season with a 26-5 record, its best finish in the 21st century.
The Hoosiers are finally a little experienced with Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford leading the way as seniors. They lacked serious depth and skill in the starting lineup for the first few years under Crean, but with his top-notch recruiting skills, he finally has the top talent in the nation begging to come to Bloomington.
Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are two of the best players in the Big Ten and this could be both of their last seasons in Bloomington with possible NBA Draft plans in their future.
What better way for arguably the best team in the country to go out on top with the seniors who have gone through the good and the bad winning a title? Here are five reasons why the Indiana Hoosiers will go to the Final Four.
They Finally Have Experience
The Indiana Hoosiers were looking to create an experienced core of players ever since Tom Crean took over as head coach. Well, they finally have that and the experience consists of the good and bad of Indiana basketball. Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford are both seniors and major contributors to the team and both have been with Indiana through the ups and downs. This could help them drastically in the Sweet 16 and beyond.
They Can Score Points in Bunches
The Hoosiers were the best scoring team in the Big Ten and the No. 3 scoring team in the entire nation with 80 points per game. They have scored over 80 points in 19 of their 35 games this season, dominating teams along the way. It's been a while since the Hoosiers could put up points like this and with no other dominant offensive teams left in the tournament, they could flat-out outscore teams.
Cody Zeller is Hard to Stop
This is an understatement. Cody Zeller is extremely hard to stop. He averaged 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season while dominating the post in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers will need Zeller to be the same guy he's been all season long if they want to make it to Atlanta.
They Are a Scrappy Bunch
The Hoosiers are scrappy. From the best player in Oladipo and Zeller to the last guy on the bench, they are tough to handle. They take after their head coach and will give any team a hard time on their way to Atlanta.
Victor Oladipo is a Freak
Victor Oladipo is, plain and simple, a freak. He is an athletic specimen that many teams covet and only one team has. He can do it all: steal, shoot from long range, rebound and defend the other team's best player. If Oladipo keeps doing what he has been doing all year he will play himself into a top draft pick and a national title.