Indiana vs. Kentucky: Why Hoosiers Will Upset Wildcats

T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 22, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, IN - DECEMBER 10:  Doron Lamb #20 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Tom Pritchard #25 of the Indiana Hoosiers during the game at Assembly Hall on December 10, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Earlier in the 2011 college basketball season, the Indiana Hoosiers pulled up one of the biggest upsets in the history of their program when they defeated the Kentucky Wildcats with a three-pointer as time expired.  

The victory announced to the world that the Hoosier program is back and should be taken seriously as a contender for the NCAA championship. 

They have proven that they can take down the Wildcats, and in the rematch, they will use what worked in their first encounter again to move onto the Elite Eight. 


Coach Crean will have Hoosiers prepared

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 17:  Head coach Tom Crean of the Indiana Hoosiers reacts in the first half while taking on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden Arena on March 17, 2012 i
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A big reason for Indiana's turnaround this year was because of the work that Crean did. 

Making the NCAA tournament was great. Getting to be the No. 4 seed was even better. But, beating the overall No. 1 team in the tournament for a second time will be a monumental upset for this rebuilding program. 

When these two teams met earlier this year, Crean did a great job in limiting the Wildcats' Anthony Davis and Terrance Jones to 10 combined points. The suffocating defense helped Indiana to an amazing one-point victory at home. 

In the Sweet 16, Crean will have the Indiana defense shutting down Davis and Jones again, which will frustrate this young Wildcats team into turnovers and bad shots. 


Christian Watford will have a big game again

The Hoosiers were led by Watford in their thrilling victory with a huge 20-point, five-rebound effort. Plus, Watford hit the game-winning shot that defeated the Wildcats and sent the fans at Assembly Hall into a frenzy. 

Watford has been a big reason why the Hoosiers have moved into the Sweet 16, as he’s scored 30 points in two games, with his best game coming against VCU with 16 points. 

Watford will have to get hot against the Wildcats for the Hoosiers to pull off the monumental upset again. 


Cody Zeller will be a factor this time around

The Big Ten Freshman Player of the Year was not a factor in their first game only scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds. However, after that game, Zeller improved his game, leading the Hoosiers in scoring, rebounds and blocks. 

Zeller has been a force for IU in the NCAA tournament scoring 30 points and grabbing 19 rebounds. 

Zeller is improving his game, as he had a tournament-high 16 points and 13 rebounds in IU’s last game against VCU. 

Kentucky will see a different Zeller this time around, as he will finish with 15-to-18 points while grabbing 10-to-13 rebounds. It is going to be interesting to see how Kentucky deals with the dominating freshman. 


This game will be close from start to finish. However, in the end, Crean, Watford and Zeller will help the Hoosiers get past Kentucky and move onto the Elite Eight.