Saying that the Indiana Hoosiers are losing talent for the 2013-14 college basketball season is a huge understatement. The team is losing four starters, which includes Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller. So, will the Hoosiers be a top 25 team?
Indiana has a great chance to start off the season by being ranked. Both Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey will be back. Ferrell averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 assists per game as a freshman, while Sheehey averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season.
The team also brings in a pretty good recruiting class, which includes five-star Noah Vonleh (according to ESPN).
Indiana will look completely different in the upcoming season, but the talent will be there to win some games and for Indiana to compete for a Big Ten title. Whether if that will actually happen though, is the question.
Although the Hoosier should be ranked to start off the season, they very well could have some growing pains early on, which could lead to some losses before conference play even begins. Speaking of which, the Big Ten will consist of some of the best teams in the nation once again.
Both Michigan State and Michigan could enter the season in the top 10. With that in mind, Indiana will struggle to finish in the top three in the conference standings and really in the top five for that matter.
This is going to be an adjusting year for the Hoosiers, but if their talent can meet expectations and if Ferrell and Sheehey can be the leaders of this team, it may not be that bad at all for Indiana.