2012-13: (29-7, 14-4, NCAA Sweet 16)
Key losses: Remy Abell, Maurice Creek, Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford, Cody Zeller
Top returners: Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey (pictured)
Indiana head coach Tom Crean has worked tirelessly to return Hoosier hoops to a place of Big Ten and national relevance. The task was enormous, and the return did not happen overnight.
Crean’s immediate challenge is to preserve the program’s forward progress of the last two seasons, in which his IU teams advanced to the Sweet 16 twice.
Maintaining momentum is a whole lot easier if you carry over a large percentage of the players who have helped you climb the ladder. Indiana loses six of last year’s primary players, including NBA lottery picks Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller.
IU is not starting from square one. Sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell will carry a huge load as he returns to spearhead the Hoosiers’ attack. Senior small forward Will Sheehey, one of the nation’s most dynamic sixth men, will be counted on to keep things happening at Assembly Hall.
Crean will rely heavily on a gifted recruiting class that features 5-star power forward Noah Vonleh, as rated by Rivals, and Arizona State transfer Evan Gordon (averaged 10.1 PPG in 2012-13).