It’s not easy being hunted. The Hoosiers can attest to that. As one of the premier teams in the NCAA, Indiana should expect every team’s best shot—and should therefore be prepared.
After spending the first six weeks of the college basketball season atop the national rankings, Butler knocked off No. 1 Indiana in overtime in mid-December.
Then, Wisconsin tarnished No. 2 Indiana's previously perfect home record with a 64-59 win in Assembly Hall at the beginning of conference play. On Thursday night, Illinois stunned the Hoosiers in Champaign’s version of Assembly Hall, and for the fifth consecutive week, the top team in the nation fell.
While all three of Indiana’s losses were distinctly unique, there are a few noticeable trends that should have fans in Bloomington wary of their team’s Final Four potential.
Let’s examine where the Hoosiers are most vulnerable.