Indiana Basketball: Grading Hoosiers Through NCAA Tournament Round of 32

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Indiana Basketball: Grading Hoosiers Through NCAA Tournament Round of 32
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It was not without its tense moments, but the Indiana Hoosiers survived the first of three NCAA tournament weekends to become one of the event's last 16 teams standing.

Through a solid win over a surprisingly scrappy James Madison squad and a nail-biter over the veteran Temple Owls, Indiana proved that it can both keep a lead and play from behind in a grinding, low-scoring game.

But, how strong were the two victories, really? Let's examine the weekend from five angles: the IU offense and defense, the starters and bench, and finally the performance of Tom Crean and his coaching staff.

As has been noted before, this particular professor is a harsh grader. So let's examine the Hoosiers' first two performances while trying not to get too much red ink on our clothes.

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