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.

Thursday, January 11

Hard To Ignore IU's Potential

You look at what Indiana has done to its last two opponents -- blow out victories over Purdue and Michigan State -- and it's hard to ignore the potential. Yes, they came at Assembly Hall, where the Hoosiers are unbeaten. Yes, IU stilll hasn't won on the road, which puts it on par with about 99 percent of the teams in America.

Yet, if the Hoosiers can sustain this level of play, third place in the Big Ten is a strong possiblity. There's only one team left on the schedule that could beat them at Assembly Hall -- Wisconsin, which comes to town later this month. Other than that, IU will cruise.

There's no reason why it can't win at least three conference road games, and perhaps more. Only Wisconsin and Ohio State seem capable of doing better.

Now the Hoosiers have to prove it -- starting Saturday at Penn State.


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