There are those who would claim that the college basketball regular season does not matter. Those are usually people who lack the capacity to keep up with a game played more than once a week.
Every night it takes the floor, a college basketball team learns things about itself, some pleasant and some not so much. By late February, a team should have a realistic view of itself and what it can accomplish in the postseason.
The Indiana Hoosiers currently stand as the closest thing that college basketball has to a championship favorite. Each of IU's 27 games thus far have told it and its fans a lot about the team's character.
Whether or not the fans have picked up on the message depends on the listener. The team, however, knows it can bring home the ultimate prize.
Presented in chronological order, these five games tell us so.