Indiana Basketball: Perfect Week for Hoosiers as Chips Fall Their Way

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIJanuary 13, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN - JANUARY 12:  Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers grabs a rebound during the Big 10 game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Assembly Hall on January 12, 2013 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Hoosiers entered the week fifth in the polls, as many experts had them as a No. 2 seed for the NCAA tournament. That's not where the Hoosiers want to be, as they have their sights set on winning the Big Ten crown and earning a No. 1 seed to play in front of their home-state fans in the Indianapolis regional.

If the Hoosiers wanted to move up the polls, they needed some help. Indiana had a game Monday night at Penn State and a home matchup with eighth-ranked Minnesota on Saturday. The Hoosiers took care of business in both games, moving to 4-0 in conference play and 16-1 overall.

But they still needed help from Oregon, NC State and Ohio State.

I predicted earlier in the week all three unbeaten teams in the Top Five would drop to those teams this week. It was a very bold prediction, but luckily for the Hoosiers, it came true.

Third-ranked Arizona was upset at Oregon on Thursday night, top-ranked Duke was beaten in Raleigh by NC State Saturday and second-ranked Michigan was upset by archrival Ohio State Sunday. That concluded a perfect week for the Hoosiers, as they're sure to climb up the rankings when Monday's polls are released.

The top spot will come down to who is better between Louisville and Indiana. Both teams are tremendous, but it shouldn't matter who falls where, as Indiana—if it holds court and can stay afloat over Michigan—will earn the Indianapolis region No. 1 seed.

Yes, I know Louisville is close to Indianapolis as well and could be deserving, but the NCAA is located in Indy and it will reward the Hoosiers for winning the toughest conference in the land if the Hoosiers do indeed win.

But let's not look too far into that yet; let's just look at how this week ended perfectly for Tom Crean and his Indiana Hoosiers.