Can Indiana sustain success?

The loss of four starters from last season leaves many questions

Updated: September 19, 2013, 11:26 AM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Yogi FerrellJason Miller/Getty ImagesSophomore Yogi Ferrell (7.6 points, 4.1 assists per game) is one of the Big Ten's top point guards.

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.