After a relatively easy nonconference schedule, the Big Ten season is here for Indiana basketball. The Hoosiers begin conference play and the defense of their regular-season crown on the road against Illinois on New Year's Eve.
Obviously, this team is much different than the one that captured last year's title, and based on what they've showed so far, it will be an uphill battle for the Hoosiers to repeat the success of a season ago.
But right now, every team's conference record is 0-0, and nothing is set in stone. The Hoosiers may be a long shot to win the Big Ten, but nonetheless, they still have a chance.
Here's what they must do in order to bring a second straight conference championship to Bloomington.