An up-and-down regular season for Indiana Basketball was capped off this Saturday, and now the Hoosiers find themselves playing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Indiana basketball will square off against Nebraska on Wednesday. The stakes could not be higher; should they walk away with a victory, it is highly likely the Hoosiers make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in Archie Miller’s tenure. If they fall to Nebraska, the Hoosiers likely will be playing in the NIT once again.
If they beat Nebraska, the Hoosiers would take on Penn State — a team they just recently beat at the end of February. Should they defeat Penn State, they would then play Maryland — a team they almost beat in late January before having a dramatic collapse in the final minute of the game.
The Hoosiers are becoming a more clear-cut team for the first time since Archie Miller took over as head coach. Indiana consistently struggles on offense and has improved on defense, and that has held consistent for almost a month now. This clarity is important for them as it gives an outline of what needs to improve as we head into postseason play.
As streaky as Indiana has proven themselves to be, catching fire at this point could become a reality. Should that happen, they’d be a formidable and scary opponent in the postseason.
In order for the Hoosiers to make a splash in the Big Ten Tournament and beyond, there are three big things they need to hone in on.