What are we to make of this Indiana Hoosiers team this season? They’ve shown their ability to compete with and beat some of the top teams in the Big 10 Conference, yet have also suffered some inexcusable losses. They possess one of the better freshmen in the country in Noah Vonleh as well as one of the best overall players in all of college basketball in Yogi Ferrell. But outside of those two guys, it’s been a real struggle for Tom Crean‘s bunch. The rest of his assembled roster just isn’t all that talented.
Over the course of the past two seasons, Crean has wonderfully resurrected the storied Hoosier program. He’s done a phenomenal job in dragging them out of the mess that was left by Kelvin Sampson and restoring the passion for Indiana Basketball in Bloomington. After a four year absence from the NCAA Tournament, IU made consecutive Sweet 16 appearances and even earned a No. 1 seed in the tournament last march. With that said, it’s going to take a miraculous effort in order for them to even qualify for this season’s version of the “Big Dance”.
Up and down is probably the most fitting way to describe the Hoosiers, this season. They’ve experienced some great highs in wins over Wisconsin and Michigan, while also experiencing some tremendous lows in home losses to Northwestern and Penn State. Ferrell is such an outstanding point guard, and Vonleh looks to have an incredibly bright future. Add in Senior glue-guy, Will Sheehey and Indiana has a dynamic trio of weapons. But again, the rest of the roster just isn’t very good. And in a league like the Big 10, three-player teams aren’t going to make it very far.
They are 14-10 overall and 4-7 in conference play. Certainly, time still remains to right this ship, but one more bad loss just might seal the Hoosiers’ fate. If they want to keep their slim tournament hopes alive, a win at Purdue tomorrow is a must.
Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27