Indiana Basketball: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Butler

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Indiana Basketball: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Butler
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Saturday's matchup between the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers and 7-2 Butler Bulldogs will be an opportunity for both teams to look at where they are as they approach the middle of the second month of the season. 

Up to this point, both teams have had strong starts. Butler began with a run to the championship of the Maui Invitational, including a big win over North Carolina. As for Indiana, the preseason pick by many to win the national championship, it is attempting to continue to remain unbeaten after defeating Georgia and Georgetown to win the Legends Classic in New York.

Consequently, this looks to be a pretty competitive matchup on Saturday, as both teams have something worth playing for. Butler will be attempting to build its resume in order to hope for an at-large bid at the end of the season. Indiana will be looking to continue its nine-game winning streak with a win over a quality opponent. 

Add that up, and the fact that these are two teams that have been in a large national spotlight in the past few seasons, and this looks to be a very intriguing Saturday slugfest. Here are the five keys for Indiana if it hopes to come away with a win.

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