Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Saturday, November 25

Maybe IU Loss Wasn't So Bad

Hey, if you're an IU fan, you have to feel a little better now that Butler won the Preseason NIT, doing to Tennessee and Gonzaga what it did to the Hoosiers.

Maybe that loss wasn't so bad. Maybe it was more a matter of Bulldog excellence, as opposed to IU struggles.

Yes, it cost the Hoosiers a couple of games, but they can make up for that with a win at Duke on Tuesday. And even if that doesn't happen, look for a better IU team to show up, one that is more fluid on offense, more tenacious on defensive, more resilient in the second half.

IU-Duke reflects the kind of game you'd expect a college superpower to play. And, yes, the Hoosiers are a traditional superpower, and likely will return to that status now that Kelvin Sampson is running the show. If you don't see that at Duke, or even this season, you'll likely
see it before long.


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