Yes, I said their second humiliating defeat in a row because the Hoosiers were dismantled on Saturday evening by the plucky (that's lucky with a "p") Jesuits of Cincinnati. The Xavier Musketeers are loaded with upperclassmen, indicative of a mid-level conference unable to recruit top talent. They compensate for their dearth of talent by playing, smart, disciplined, and tough basketball. Last Saturday night the Jesuits of Xavier out-played, out-hustled, out-smarted, out-toughed, and out-coached my beloved Hoosiers. IU earned the 80-65 spanking they received.
IU is still a team under construction. They were an overrated #8, and they are still overrated at #15. They have a tough match-up this Saturday in Carbondale, IL against the Southern Illinois Salukis. The way IU is playing right now, they may well lose this road game. IU neutered the Salukis last year by ten points - 57-47, but that game was played at Assembly Hall.