The Indiana Hoosiers came into this season ranked No. 1 in the country. At this point, they have proved that they earned the top spot by blowing out their first two opponents.
The Hoosiers have the best team, but also the best player. Cody Zeller was named the Preseason Player of the Year before the season began. The Hoosiers also have Christian Watford, who is best known for his game-winning shot against the Kentucky Wildcats.
Despite all of the great players in the starting lineup, the Hoosiers also have a deep and productive bench. The bench is able to give the starters rest when they need it, so they won't slow the team down.
Here are the five best players on Indiana's bench.
Hanner Perea is currently suspended for the first nine games of the season due to receiving impermissible benefits, so we are not completely sure of how he will play.
However, after seeing him play in high school, it seems pretty certain that he will be a big player coming off of the bench.
Perea went to La Lumiere High School, where he was the ninth-best power forward in the country, and ranked the 43rd best player overall. He averaged 14.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game his senior year.
If the suspension is not reduced, Perea will not be back until the game against Butler on December 15th. We will have a better idea of how talented he is once he is able to play in a few games.
After missing so much time for the past three years, the Hoosiers are ecstatic to see the return of Maurice Creek.
Through the first two games, Creek has been received well by the fans, with loud cheers each time he's been subbed in. After such an impressive freshman year, it was disappointing for fans to see him go down.
Creek hasn't shot much through the first two games, only taking six shots. However, he is 2-of-4 behind the three-point line.
Creek hasn't done much yet offensively, but he has played well defensively, and has grabbed seven rebounds through the first two games.
If Creek stays healthy this year, he could return to the player he was his freshman year.
Will Sheehey is best known around Bloomington for making the game winner against VCU in the NCAA tournament last season. He has become another favorite of the fans, who enjoy watching his aggressive play style.
Sheehey is currently playing the best basketball of his career, averaging a career-high 9.5 points per game. He hasn't been afraid to drive to the basket, registering several big slam dunks that have pumped up the crowd. His outside shot isn't bad either, as he was able to show in the scrimmage against Indiana Wesleyan.
It appears that Sheehey improved a lot over the offseason, and appears more confident when shooting this season. He will continue to be a valuable asset for the Hoosiers.
Jeremy Hollowell may only be a freshman, but he is showing everyone why he was one of the top recruits in the country.
Hollowell has been very impressive in the first two games of the season, averaging 13 points per game. His defense has been impressive, as well: he's keeping his opponents from scoring, and has registered two blocks and a steal already.
Hollowell had a big game against North Dakota State, going 4-of-8 from the field and scoring 14 points. He was able to get the crowd excited, with several and-one plays.
Hollowell appears to be the future of Hoosier basketball, and could become a leader for the team for the next few seasons.
Remy Abell has been an exciting player already, and has earned the top spot on this list as the best player coming off of the bench.
Abell did not contribute much last season as a freshman. Abell only played 8.3 minutes per game, and only scored 3.0 points per game.
This year, everything is looking up for Abell. He has been getting significantly more playing time, getting 17.5 minutes per game. His scoring has gone up as well, going from 3.0 last season to an impressive 13.0 points per game.
What is most impressive from Abell at this point is the he is a perfect 100 percent from the field. He has made all seven field goals, with five of them coming from behind the three-point line.
His athleticism has been electrifying, and he has shown that he is excited for this season. Abell could be one of the key pieces for the Hoosiers to make a run at the championship this year.