Yet another elite college basketball program that continues to underachieve, Indiana is really struggling this season. Mike Woodson led this team to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons but year three may not be trending in that direction. The Hoosiers started 10-3, with losses to three very strong foes, but it’s been their play against the Big Ten that’s been disappointing.
The Hoosiers had lost three straight games entering the week, but did win 74-68 against Iowa back on Tuesday to end that skid. Hoping to get on a run to get back into bubble contention, the Hoosiers instead had a horrific defensive performance in an 85-71 home loss to Penn State. This horrific performance was not only their fifth loss in their last seven games but also Indiana’s first Quad 3 loss.
This is not an NCAA Tournament team. The Hoosiers’ stale offense keeps shooting themselves in the foot and their NET is only 103. Indiana is 0-7 against Quad 1 and clearly are trending in an even worse direction. There’s still a possibility for a turnaround in Bloomington, but the remaining schedule will be difficult, with road tests at Ohio State and Purdue in the next seven days alone.