The Hoosiers were able to slow one of the nation's most efficient and multifaceted offenses in Michigan. The coming schedule features offenses that are one or the other, but not both.
Illinois and Ohio State are led by singular talents in Brandon Paul and Deshaun Thomas, but the chances of either upsetting the Hoosiers rest on the sporadic production from both men's supporting casts. Also, Indiana visits both opponents, so the sixth man will need to make those venues every bit as hostile as Bloomington is for its visitors.
Following those matchups, IU returns home to await visits from Nebraska and Purdue, neither of whom can even boast a singular dominating force and often struggle to get out of their own ways. Purdue's already suffered a crushing loss to the Hoosiers on its own home court, while many of IU's veterans still remember last season's upset loss in Lincoln. Walk-ons may get involved late.
A February 19 trip to the Breslin Center for a rematch with Michigan State may be the next challenge that tests the Hoosiers to the degree that Michigan did. Gary Harris, Branden Dawson, Keith Appling and the Payne-Nix duo give the Spartans just as many potent weapons as IU boasts.
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