The top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers have a very easy schedule in December other than a big date with Butler on Dec. 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Hoosiers sit at 9-0 and are No. 1 in the country, but they will face off with a very dangerous 7-2 Butler squad that already has wins over Marquette, North Carolina and Northwestern on its resume.
IU has wins over Georgetown and North Carolina, but Butler may be the toughest opponent yet because their campus is located in Indianapolis, they play their best against good teams and are well-coached by head coach Brad Stevens.
Against all odds, the mid-major powerhouse Bulldogs made the national championship in both 2010 and 2011, proving they belonged with the best teams in the country. Stevens has a knack for making his teams believe they can do anything. This year is no different as Butler enters its first season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
This game is sure to have an electric, NCAA Tournament feel to it as the crowd will likely be split down the middle with Hoosier and Bulldog fans filling up the arena.
Head coach Tom Crean's Hoosiers must do five things to emerge victorious over the Bulldogs and remain the No. 1 team in the country. Here they are: