This season will be unlike anything that Tom Crean has experienced at Indiana. Since he took the reins in Bloomington in April 2008, the Hoosiers program has charted a remarkably steady progression from also-ran to national title contender. Indeed, in each of the past four seasons, Indiana has improved its per-possession performance significantly.
That streak will end in 2013-14 simply because there's not a lot of room for improvement after what we saw from this team last season, namely an outright Big Ten regular-season championship and an NCAA tournament No. 1 seed. Crean has successfully returned the luster to this program, and now the hard part begins: Indiana must sustain that success.