On July 26th, it was announced that the Indiana Hoosiers will go up against the Georgia Bulldogs for the first day of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. The first day of the tournament, November 19th, will also see the UCLA Bruins battle the Georgetown Hoyas. The winner of those two games will play on November 20th. Of the four teams in the tournament, Indiana got the easiest draw for the first round. Besides Kentucky and Florida in the 2012-13 season, there aren’t any other true threats in the SEC. The other game on the 19th will be one of the better non-conference match-ups of the season. UCLA is in the process of rebuilding its program to the glory days when that one Wooden guy used to coach. With huge pick-ups like Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, and Tony Parker (2, 5, and 26, respectively, in 2012 ESPNU), the Bruins are ready to reemerge into the national spotlight. On the other side of that matchup, there is the very young Georgetown squad. The 2012 Hoyas will be without Hollis Thompson, Jason Clark, and Henry Sims. They will struggle in the low post without Sims and no one able to truly fill that void. So, the question that all of you are wondering, what are the chances of the Hoosiers winning the whole thing? Well, they are actually pretty great.
The most likely matchup for the final game on November 20th will be the Hoosiers against the Bruins. Many analysts are hyping up UCLA because of their huge recruiting class coming in, but there is one thing that Indiana has on the Bruins. A group of veterans. There is no doubt that Shabazz, Kyle, and Tony will make an impact in Los Angeles, but they don’t have strong upper classmen. Indiana will have Hulls, Watford, (hopefully a healthy) Creek, Oladipo, Sheehy, and Zeller returning for his sophomore year. Also, not to mention, five freshmen coming in. However, there is a good chance that only one of them will see a lot of playing time that early in the season, and that’s Yogi. There is no doubt that the UCLA matchup for the Hoosiers would be challenging, but they have more weapons.
Hopefully all you east coast Hoosiers make it to the Barclays Center to see the Legends Classic. Maybe I’ll see some of you Midwesterners traveling next to me with the cream and crimson crew heading to Brooklyn. The season is closing in and it will be an exciting one from the beginning.