Can Indiana Hoosiers Compete In 2013-14 College Basketball Season?

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The Indiana Hoosiers will be losing plenty of great players for the 2013-14 college basketball season, but can they still compete?

One thing is for sure and that is do not expect this team to be ranked No. 1 for a good part of the season because that is not going to happen. This team could still be ranked entering the season, but it will definitely not be No. 1.

Out of all of the starters on last year’s team, point guard Yogi Ferrell will be the only one back. Ferrell is a great player and he could easily be one of the best field generals in the country, but who knows if he can breakout in the scoring department.

Ferrell averaged 7.6 points per game, but he was not the most accurate shooter, only making 40.3 percent of his shots on average. Still, he is a great player and he will have to really step up for Indiana to be good. Another player that will have to step up is Will Sheehey.

Sheehey averaged 9.5 points per game and 3.5 boards per game off of the bench. At times, he looked great and with more playing time in the upcoming season, that could be the case on a game-to-game basis.

Now, if Indiana’s incoming freshmen can be good, then the Hoosiers will be good as well. We have yet to see what kind of impact they will make in college basketball and we won’t until they actually take the court.

Indiana definitely has some talent, but it will need just about everyone to step up for this team to compete in the upcoming season. If the new starting five is just alright, then the Hoosiers will probably be able to pull off some upsets and will be a decent team in the Big Ten. However, a lot will need to happen for this team to actually compete for a conference title.

 

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