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.

Sunday, January 28

IU Eyes Season Changing Opportunity

Has it sunk in yet that Indiana could be overwhelmed on the free throw line, as it was against Michigan with a 29-10 disparity, yet still win in convincing fashion? Has it sunk in that these Hoosiers (15-5) could be building to a grand finale?

No, this isn't a national title team, but it is one that might slip into a Big Ten championship if Wisconsin and Ohio State falter.

IU gets its shot at Wisconsin on Wednesday in Assembly Hall and you'd better believe the Hoosiers have a chance to do something special. Why? Because they play great defense and because it's at Assembly Hall, where they have been most impressive.

Yes, the Badgers are one of only two teams in all of college basketball that are unbeaten in true road games (the other, in case you didn't know, is Virginia Commonwealth). Yes, they have the likely Big Ten MVP in Alando Tucker, a good point guard in Kammron Taylor, and plenty of size and experience.

And did we mention the 17-game winning streak and 7-0 conference record?

Still, IU has dominated at home, and while it almost certainly won't dominate the Badgers, don't be surprised if by the end of Wednesday night there will be no unbeaten conference teams remaining.

Amazing, isn't it, what one year, and a new coach, can do for the program.


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