Indiana basketball fans are concerned. A surprising home loss to Wisconsin followed closely on the heels of an alarming rally by Minnesota that nearly resulted in another Assembly Hall defeat.
Are the Hoosiers as strong as the No. 1 preseason hype advertised? Yes and no.
According to Ken Pomeroy, Indiana is one of only three teams with both a top-10 offense and top-20 defense. The others are Duke and Florida, both on track to earn No. 1 NCAA tournament seeds.
The downside is that IU players who needed to be battle-tested by now received little seasoning from a non-conference schedule ranking 302nd in America per KenPom.
The question at hand, though, is how the Hoosiers can get back to the top ranking their potential promised in October and earn the tournament's top overall seed in March.
Certainly, it can still be done. Here's how.
All statistics through games of January 20.