Indiana Hoosiers Thanksgiving Edition 2009

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent INovember 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12:  Head coach Tom Crean of the Indiana Hoosiers coaches against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Its been a long 365 days for Hoosiers fans.

We have had to suffer through the worst season by far in Indiana basketball history, going 6-25 and 1-17 in the Big Ten.

We had to live with a scrappy but young group of players, mostly freshman.

We had to see Assembly Hall fail to sell out every game for the first time in a long time.

But there were also many positives from this past year.

Indiana fans never gave up on coach Tom Crean and kept supporting the team, averaging more fans than winning programs like Arizona and UCONN.

Crean wrapped up a great recruiting class that has immediately paid dividends, in games and during practice.

Indiana has a new AD who has put forth new measures to get more students in the seats and to get people excited about the program. He also built the new basketball practice facility.

The next 365 days will certainly have its ups and downs, more downs than ups most likely, but maybe the Hoosiers can pull some surprises.

By this time next year, the Hoosiers will be a much more veteran squad, adding two new guards Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo. This should lead to more wins and raised expectations.

Hopefully the Hoosiers will continue to grow and by next year, we will have even more to be thankful for.