Indiana's national title formula
November, 20, 2012
By Seth Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Brian Spurlock/US PresswireTom Crean's Hoosiers are loaded with talent. But can they step up their defense?Two weeks into the season, the Indiana Hoosiers look as though they are deserving of their consensus No. 1 ranking in the country. They have talent, players who are buying into their roles, an offensive philosophy that gives players freedom to play in transition, a commitment to executing in the half court and a renewed commitment to getting consecutive defensive stops. They also have arguably the best player in the nation in the "Big Handsome," Cody Zeller.
Coach Tom Crean had a vision and a plan to return Indiana to college basketball's elite, and the results of that plan will be on display this season. He and his staff have done an excellent job of evaluating and developing players, and what makes the Hoosiers so special is that all of their pieces fit together very well.