When comparing Derek Elston's senior season to last year, it's like night and day. His senior campaign has been full of injuries. He hasn't seen near the amount of playing time he did a year ago.
Recently, he has resurfaced into the lineup as Cody Zeller's backup. This means he could be a key player in March.
At some point in the game, Zeller is going to have to go to the bench. He can't play for 40 minutes. Also, because he is a big man, Zeller is not immune to foul trouble. Throughout the month, Elston should get his chance to make an impact.
Being a senior, Elston has the necessary experience to make big plays. He's seen enough minutes to be ready for the pressures of postseason basketball.
Elston is a post player who can rebound and defend, but also play on the perimeter. Last year he shot 55.2 percent from the three-point line.
When defenses don't pay attention to him and let him slip away to the outside, he can make them pay. If Elston gets in a groove, it will be a big boost to the Hoosiers.