Indiana Basketball: The Hoosiers Still Have Some Proving To Do Before Top 10

James EvensCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, IN - DECEMBER 19:  Cody Zeller#40 of the Indiana Hoosiers dribbles the ball during the game against the Howard Bison at Assembly Hall on December 19, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana.  Indiana won 107-50.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Indiana basketball team has been the talk of the college basketball nation this season, being one of the six remaining unbeaten teams and knocking off No. 1-ranked Kentucky at home in one of the most exciting games of the season. 

With the Hoosiers at 12-0 and ranked 18th in the nation, a lot of Hoosier fans are concerned by the fact that they are not in the top 10 at this point in the season.

The argument is there if you look at just the stats of the Hoosiers, who are being led by starting freshman standout Cody Zeller, who is averaging 15.3 points and over seven rebounds per game.

Along with Zeller, the Hoosiers have four other starters averaging double figures, and are led defensively by one of the best defenders in the Big Ten, Jordan Hulls. 

The problem with putting the Hoosiers any higher in the polling right now is obviously the strength of schedule.

Sure, the Hoosiers have knocked off the No. 1 team in the country along with a respectable road game at NC State, but they have played next to no one else.

These next three games could really determine what the Hoosiers season turns out like come March.

In the next three matchups they are set to face No. 20 Michigan State on the road, No. 2 Ohio State at home, and end the three-game swing with 19th-ranked Michigan at home.

The game against Michigan State could be the most important of all of those. The Hoosiers have only played two true road games this season, one of which was against the University of Evansville. 

Everyone knows that Michigan State is one of the toughest places to play in the nation. The Izzone gives every team a run for their money even if the game is being played on a break.

The Indiana Hoosiers are a good basketball team at home, but when it comes to road games, they still have a lot of proving to do.