Kentucky may have won the national championship last year, but the college basketball offseason belonged to Tom Crean and Indiana.
Star player Cody Zeller graced the cover of preseason magazines, commentators raved about the Hoosiers’ returning talent and incoming recruiting class and Indiana was granted the No. 1 spot in the initial AP and Coaches’ Polls.
The Hoosiers’ dominating performance in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge against North Carolina did nothing to quell everyone’s glowing opinion about them. However, that air of invincibility dissipated a bit when underdog Butler knocked off Indiana during a neutral-court matchup.
Despite the loss, the goals of a Big Ten and national championship are still in place. Read on to see five potential roadblocks that stand in the way of the Hoosiers and a Big Ten title.