Indiana Basketball: Three big questions about this year’s Hoosier squad

Indiana basketball, Joey Brunk, Rob Phinisee. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Indiana Basketball has a lot of questions to answer

A few weeks ago, I wrote about three things Indiana Basketball fans should be excited about for the 2020-2021 season. Today, we are going to be a little more skeptical and pessimistic by looking at three potential problem areas that could negatively affect the Hoosiers.

Offensive struggles

This is perhaps the most encouraging offensive team in Archie Miller‘s four seasons as head coach. He was forced to use Tom Crean’s leftovers the first season, and although his second season had the promise of Romeo Langford, the on-court fit never quite worked. Last season was more of the same in terms of poor fit.

This season, the Hoosiers are much deeper at guard and boast two elite high school talents in Khristian Lander and Trayce Jackson-Davis. Players and coaches have both talked about a reformed offense for this upcoming season.

I don’t think anyone would argue that something needed to change with the offense after last season, and it would appear the change has occurred. However, the fact remains that Miller has still never had a good offense at Indiana. It may be encouraging that his strategy is changing, but until we see it on the court being well-executed, the imagery of the previous three seasons will be lingering in our minds.

IU’s offensive struggles may remain a weakness and plague them for the fourth season in a row.