Many people thought that the Indiana Hoosiers were the best team in college basketball this season and I was one of them. Well, after losing in the Sweet 16 against the No. 4 Syracuse Orange, we can say, so much for Indiana being No. 1.
Saying that Indiana lost this game is a huge understatement. The final score may have only been decided by 11 points, but the Hoosiers were held to just 50 points. They averaged 80 on the season.
Indiana also only shot 33.3 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc. The Hoosiers had 18 turnovers in the game. Give the Orange all of the credit in the world for beating Indiana, but this did not look like the Hoosiers that we have seen the entire season.
Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo have been considered as two of the best players in college basketball this season. Yogi Ferrell was being regarded as one of the best point guards and he was only a freshman. Jordan Hulls was likely one of the most lethal three-point shooters and Christian Watford was as good as anyone. Heck, even Will Sheehey was one of the best sixth man in the country. Indiana had arguably the best offense in the country and a great defense to go along with it.
None of that matters now because the Hoosiers are out. They only made it to the Sweet 16 and they did not even show up in that game. Indiana may have been the best team during the regular season, but so much for that now because the Syracuse Orange absolutely embarrassed this team. In a single elimination tournament, all that it takes is one loss and you are out and that is exactly what happened to Indiana.
Great season, but a very disappointing ending.