During Archie Miller’s four years as head coach the Hoosiers failed to reach the Big Dance. New coach Mike Woodson accomplished that feat in each of his first two seasons, but Indiana’s stale, old-timey offense has the Hoosiers likely on the outside looking in.
The nonconference schedule frankly didn’t allow much opportunity for the Hoosiers. They’re best win of the bunch might be Morehead State, which is saying something. They did have a close call at home with Indiana, but got blasted by Auburn and Connecticut, two teams we know are among the best in the country.
After winning their first two Big Ten games, the Hoosiers have now dropped five of their last seven outings, sitting just 4-5 in the league. They’ve lost each of those games by at least 8 points, really falling out of games against Nebraska and rival Purdue in the last month.
Not only is Indiana not playing great basketball but there’s one particular statistic that dooms this resume. The Hoosiers are currently 0-7 in Quad 1 games, fumbling away any chance for notoriety or to put themselves into Tournament position. Obviously, things can change in a hurry in a league like the Big Ten, but this team didn’t make a free throw on Saturday in a loss to Illinois; it’s hard to see things turning around.