Indiana basketball seeks to build on what was a fantastic season in 2022-23. Led by head coach Teri Moore and star forward Mackenzie Holmes, the Hoosiers made their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and won the Big Ten regular season title. This year, they want the regular season and tournament title, and tournament a deep run during March Madness.
Indiana is off to a fantastic start. After a rough loss to Stanford early in the year, the Hoosiers have won seven straight games. Their early resume is solid, with wins over #19 Tennessee and Princeton on their way to winning the Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic and on the road against Rutgers in their Big Ten Conference opener.
As the calendar turns toward the New Year, the Hoosiers are finishing its conference schedule ahead of playing interstate rival Illinois on New Year's Eve. Before clashing with their border rivals, the Hoosiers play Evansville and Bowling Green.
Head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells leads the Purple Aces (1-7). Kyindi Mason Striverson leads the Aces in scoring (17.1 ppg) and assists (4.4 apg). Center Barbora Tomancova leads them in rebounds (9.6 rpg). Look for the Hoosiers to use their inside-outside duo of Holmes, sharpshooter, and second-leading scorer, sharp Sara Scalia.
The second game of their four-game homestand is against MAC leader Bowling Green (6-2). Do-it-all all guard Lexi Fleming leads the Falcons in scoring (17.4), rebounds (4.8), and steals (2.6). The Falcons are a scrappy bunch that plays extremely hard. Head coach Fred Chmiel always has his team ready to play.
The Hoosiers, however, should have two advantages. First, Indiana has a size advantage. Second, Bowling Green has to play #1 South Carolina before traveling to Bloomington to play the Hoosiers.
Indiana basketball completes their four-game homestand with Illinois on New Year's Eve and Michigan on January 4th.