In an age of insane college basketball parody, could this be the year we see a team run away from the pack and hold down the term, “Best team in the Country” from start to finish?
The current No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers have the talent and experience to do it, so will they?
Here’s why we think they’re the best bet to pull it off.
With college basketball in full swing these past couple weeks, anyone whose paid attention—and we hope you have—assumes that there’s no clear-cut favorite in this year’s field.
While the past couple years have given us power teams like Kentucky’s super-Frosh, or the star-driven Kemba Walker UConn team the year before, we’ve seen that no matter where your favorite team is ranked (if at all), should they be overlooked as a real threat.
As mid-majors like VCU, Butler and George Mason continue to crack the Final Four shell, are we finally seeing parody like we’ve never seen it before?
Maybe. But then again, maybe not.
If you happened to catch the thrashing that No. 1 Indiana gave No. 14 North Carolina on Tuesday night, you saw a team that looked like a fine-oiled machine, producing the kind of depth that no one in recent memory has had except for maybe the 2004 Tar Heel team that won the national title and had six guys drafted, including four in the first 14 picks.
And though pundits can say it was an early-season game, or that it was played in Assembly Hall on their home campus, one of IU’s best shooters (and arguably best player), Christian Watford, scored a grand total of two points on 1-9 shooting, and they still won by 24!
Yes, that’s how good this Hoosier team can be, thanks to the balance of vets and new-comers.
Trust us, as a UK grad, admitting the Hoosiers are as stacked and talented as they are is on an equal level as saying Duke or Louisville is good—though the stats agree they are—though you’ll never hear us admitting it.