To say the Hoosiers went through a rough patch in Tom Crean's first three seasons would be an understatement. In those years the Hoosiers were 6-25, 10-21 and 12-20.
Two years ago, things started to turn around. IU's record improved (27-9 in 2011-12 and 29-7 in 2012-13). It won a conference title, made the NCAA tournament twice, went to the Sweet 16 in both appearances and was a No. 1 seed in last year's tournament.
Indiana basketball is back.
IU fans knew it was going to be a long and difficult road to return to the national spotlight, but they didn't know how long. Three years of bad basketball isn't that awful of a wait, considering the state of the program when Crean arrived. Hoosier faithful could have had it a lot worse. Instead, the program is once again thriving.
Indiana fans have to be content with the fact that Indiana is once again a force to be reckoned with in college hoops.