Is Indiana basketball truly back to it’s former glory?
We’ll find out this weekend. In 2003, Tom Crean led the Marquette Golden Eagles to a somewhat unexpected trip to the Final Four. Ten years later, Crean is looking for a return trip; this time as head coach of the Indiana Basketball.
Expectations were lofty before the season even began for Crean and Indiana basketball. They were the preseason #1 team in the country (and my preseason #1 way back in April.) Making a run in March has been expected. For many, anything shy of hanging another banner inside Assembly Hall will be considered a disappointment. That wasn’t the case for Crean a decade ago.
Despite the team’s regular season success, national ranking throughout most of the year, and Conference USA Championship, Marquette’s run in 2003 was a surprise. The Golden Eagles were upset by UAB in the opening round of the C-USA Tournament and weren’t picked by the talking head-experts of the college basketball world to make much of a ...