The Indiana basketball team is looking to make a splash in the Big Ten this year, but how soon will they be able to get on the court?
Just like everything else in 2020, the college basketball season is an unknown. When will it start or worse yet will we even have a season?
The 2020-21 season ended before the conference tournaments ended and we were robbed of getting to experience one the best things in all of sports in the NCAA Tournament. One in which the Hoosiers were looking to get back in for the first time in three years.
Last year, Indiana started to show signs of life in a program that had struggled for the better part of three years. Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis was one of the best newcomers in the conference and he helped lead the Hoosiers to five wins over ranked opponents.
It was a great start to his career, but this year looks to be better. Archie Miller has brought in a great recruiting class lead by point guard Khristian Lander. But as good as this season may be, will they get to play?
It has been a big question and one we are still not sure on. But with the news last week that the Big Ten may be reconsidering the fall football season, it brings new hope that the basketball season could be close to normal.
There is still no definite date for the football season, but the fact that they may play in the fall is good news for basketball. If football can get started in November or even October, there should be no reason why basketball can’t start somewhere near the normal start date.
It still may be pushed back some, but it seems to be trending in the right direction for a full season. They may not get to play every game they originally had on their schedule and we would be surprised if they actually travel to Hawaii, but they could still play in that tournament but just at a different site.
When the Big Ten postponed their football season, the PAC-12 was right behind them, but they postponed everything until January 1, 2021. It was a move that made it seem like college basketball could look drastically different.
It could be just a conference schedule, and possibly an abbreviated one at that. But if football can find a way to play earlier, then basketball should also.;
We know it won’t look the same and their may be some sort of bubble at times, but a season that once looked lost, could be saved. There are still a lot of details to be worked out, but it looks like it is trending in the right direction.
We have a glimmer of hope that we can see the Hoosiers run out onto Assembly Hall’s court this year. We just may need to do it from our tv, but hey that is better than nothing.