Indiana Basketball: How the Hoosiers get back to March Madness.

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December 1, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Kevin Willard talks with players in the second half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Indiana basketball has to replace Trayce Jackson Davis and Jordan Hood-Schifino’s production

It’s one thing to have to replace your leading scorer from last season. Replacing your top scorer, one of the program’s best players is an entirely different undertaking. In addition, coach Woodson has to replace a super-talented player who was an NBA lottery pick.

Woodson has to figure out how to replace the talent and leadership of Trayce Jackson Davis and the overall talent and athleticism of Jordan Hood-Schifino. Oregon transfer Kel’el Ware is tremendously talented, and he should give the Hoosiers the same low post-presence Jackson gave for four years.

There is no reason Ware shouldn’t be a double-double machine. He’s a legit seven-footer with freakish athleticism. Hood-Schifino was an athletic combo guard who had not yet scratched the surface of how good he could be. There’s a reason the Lakers drafted him 17th overall in the first round. However, Woodson and his staff believe Mgbako is equally talented; he has to play at a high level early.

Woodson and the coaching staff have to hope the seniors Trey Galloway and Xavier Johnson provide much-needed leadership to a team that needs its younger players to produce to be successful.