Let’s begin with what matters the most: This is not the end of the world.
There will undoubtedly be people that overreact to No. 2 Indiana’s 64-59 home loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday night. It was an unranked Wisconsin team, after all, and the Hoosiers were playing at home. This isn’t the same Indiana team that had lost 10 consecutive games to the Badgers. This team was supposed to be different.
But when the Hoosiers wake up this morning, they will still be an incredibly talented team. They will still have a good shot to win a Big Ten title and make a run in March’s NCAA Tournament. This mid-January loss doesn’t change any of that.
What it does do, though, is raise a number of critical issues with this team. If the Hoosiers are to make a run and play like a top-five team, they must correct most, if not all, of these issues, and quickly.
One: Indiana must learn to play in the half court. This is not the Hoosiers’ preference, of course, considering their roster is made up of athletic, h...