Two years ago if you would have told me Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean needed to make some critical changes to a 15-2 team in January, most Hoosier fans would have been happy to be in that situation. Reality is though, coach Crean needs to do some gut-wrenching soul-searching for this team that has two underachieving losses.
The Hoosiers were labeled to be back in the preseason with earning the No. 1 ranking. They had a very talented freshman class, mixed with preseason national player of the year in Cody Zeller to go along with many other guys returning from a 27-win season in 2011-12.
There's no reason Indiana shouldn't be 17-0 right now heading into their conference game at Northwestern on Sunday. Many will just take the easy way out and say Butler and Wisconsin were good, scrappy teams.
That's not the reason why IU lost those two games.
It goes to the "it's not you, it's me" syndrome. Those losses had nothing to do with the opponent rather than what Indiana did wrong on their own to lose them. Indiana has better players than anyone in the country in every position, including the bench. They're just underachieving—and from someone that's been around basketball and studied it religiously as long as I have—I broke it down to what needs fixed.
If the Hoosiers can do these simple fixes, they will undoubtedly win the national championship in Atlanta in April and build the legacy they should have. If they don't correct these issues they may not make it out of the opening weekend of the tournament, and will cause a huge letdown on what should have been a special season.
Without further ado these are the changes IU needs to make.