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Indiana will be a very inexperienced team when the season begins. It loses the backbone of its rotation.
Players like Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller were used to the rigors of a college basketball season. The Big Ten schedule is not a joke, and those players knew how to handle the stress the conference presents.
To compete in the Big Ten, winning on the road is essential (10-8 in road Big Ten games last two seasons). The Hoosiers had an abundance of experience, and the team wasn't rattled when it had to suit up in another arena.
Having that experience paid off in the form of back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and an outright regular-season Big Ten title last season.
Will Sheehey and Yogi Ferrell are now the most seasoned players on the roster. Others such as Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Jeremy Hollowell and Austin Etherington have seen the court but are still relatively new to college basketball. Combine them with six incoming freshmen, and Indiana's roster is suddenly full of novices.
These players will have to grow up quickly for IU to be competitive.