Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
What Makes Indiana Vulnerable
When the Hoosiers are really rolling, Cody Zeller is getting easy buckets and Jordan Hulls is getting good looks from deep.
It's not just Hulls and Zeller who make the Hoosiers the most efficient offense in the country, but they are the two players a defense will want to take away. This isn't easy, but it can be accomplished.
With Hulls, the key is simply staying tight and not letting him get good looks. Wisconsin knocked off IU twice by limiting Hulls, a 46.4 percent three-point shooter, to 1-of-8 from distance.
Zeller is one of those scorers who is usually going to get his points, but you want to at least make it tough. In IU's five losses, Zeller is shooting 48.3 percent. In 27 wins, he's shooting 59.3 percent.
The teams that beat IU got it done by making sure Zeller didn't get any transition buckets, and then also taking away angles that allow him to score easily in the half court. You must play physical with Zeller and make him score over the length.
Who Could Knock Off the Hoosiers
UNLV: The Rebels' interior defense is their strong suit, and they have a lot of athletic bigs they could throw at Zeller in Anthony Bennett, Khem Birch and Quintrell Thomas.
Butler: Brad Stevens has already proven he has the formula in an 88-86 overtime win on Dec. 15.