Indiana Hoosiers Begin to Regain Confidence

David KingContributor IFebruary 28, 2008

Give the Hoosiers credit for showing they are pretty resilient in the face of losing their popular coach.  At least he was popular with the players if not the Hoosier hysteria faithful! 

They showed a lot of confidence in defeating a respectable Ohio State team Tuesday night in their first home game since the departure of their embattled former coach Kelvin Sampson. 

Interim Head Coach Dan Dakich, who many hope will not be carrying the "Interim"  tag beyond this season, knows what it means to be in one of the brightest spotlights in college basketball.  Yes, Tennessee, Indiana is still the home of this great sport.  And coach "Doc" or "Dak," as I recently heard Eric Gordon call his new head coach, knows what it will mean if he can lead these shaken Hoosiers to a Big Ten Championship and perhaps deep into the NCAA tournament.

As a die-hard I.U. Hoosier basketball fan I am hoping for a minor miracle.  Yes, I do believe this team has the ingredients to do what Isaiah Thomas and the Hoosiers did in 1981, when they peaked at just the right time and went on to an amazing, somewhat dominating, win in the NCAA tournament. This team I believe has even more talent, overall.