Indiana Basketball: How Does 2013 Squad Stack Up Against IU's NCAA Champs?

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Indiana Basketball: How Does 2013 Squad Stack Up Against IU's NCAA Champs?
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Indiana basketball fans are justifiably proud of their program's five NCAA championship banners. Even fans who weren't alive when Keith Smart hit his dagger against Syracuse are indoctrinated early to the tradition of Hoosier hoops.

This season's top-ranked squad may present the best chance in two decades to end a drought that eats at the IU faithful. The program may not have had an opportunity like this since Alan Henderson's knee gave out in 1993.

If this team does raise banner No. 6, however, the question will be raised along with it: Which title team was the best?

Being a proactive sort, I'll raise it now. Let's ponder how this season's Hoosiers compare to the ones who put some hardware in the trophy case back in the day.

Now, questions of whether Kent Benson could back down Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo could check Isiah Thomas will have to wait until some other story. This piece will examine how strong this team looms over this season's college basketball landscape relative to the championship teams of yore.

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