With the start of Indiana’s season arriving Monday, we’re looking for your predictions on this year’s record and your comments about the 2006-07 Hoosiers.
What are your predictions and expectations for this Hoosier team? What would make you feel satisfied with Sampson and his first Indiana team? If we get enough good predictions and comments here, we’ll publish some of them in Monday’s H-T before the first game.
I’m predicting a 21-10 in the regular season, which will be good enough to get into the NCAA Tournament. That record would also be IU’s best regular season mark since Bob Knight’s final two seasons, 22-9 in 1998-99 and 20-7 in 1999-2000. Mike Davis’ best regular season record was 19-10 in 2001-02, the year IU made it to the NCAA championship game. Last year, IU was 17-10 in the regular season before going 1-1 in the Big Ten Tournament and 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament.
This year, I’ll predict a 23-12 final record with one win in the NCAA Tournament.
This year’s team will play better defense and rebound better because Kelvin Sampson will demand it. But the Hoosiers don’t appear to have any all-Big Ten calibre talent other than D.J. White. Their schedule is easier this year with preconference home games against Indiana State, Chicago State, Western Illinois, Western Michigan, Ball State, as well as Lafayette and IUPUI in Indianapolis. That should be seven sure wins right there. They will have to go 14-10 in their other games to make it to 21-10.
It should help Indiana that the Big Ten doesn’t look particularly strong. Illinois and Michigan State will be younger and not as tough. Ohio State is exceptionally talented with its top-rated freshman class, but has only one starter returning. Wisconsin, with Alando Tucker and a veteran lineup, looks like the most solid team to me, although Ohio State is probably the stronger post-season threat.
Here’s IU’s schedule:
November 13 – Lafayette (NIT Season Tip-off) Conseco Fieldhouse- Indianapolis, Ind. ESPN2 9:00 PM
November 14 – Notre Dame or Butler (NIT Season Tip-off) Conseco Fieldhouse- Indianapolis, Ind. TBA
November 17 – Indiana State Bloomington, Ind. ESPN Plus 8:00 PM
November 19 – Chicago State Bloomington, Ind. ESPN Plus 2:00 PM
November 22 – NIT Season Tip-off Semifinals Madison Square Garden- New York, N.Y. ESPN2 TBA
November 24 – NIT Season Tip-off Finals Madison Square Garden- New York, N.Y. TBA
November 28 – Duke (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) Durham, N.C. ESPN 9:00 PM
December 2 – Charlotte Bloomington, Ind. ESPN Plus 8:00 PM
December 6 – Western Illinois Bloomington, Ind. ESPN Plus 7:00 PM
December 9 – Kentucky Lexington, Ky. CBS 12:00 PM
December 17 – Southern Illinois Bloomington, Ind. ESPN 8:00 PM
December 20 – Western Michigan Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 PM
December 22 – IUPUI Conseco Fieldhouse- Indianapolis, Ind. 8:00 PM
December 30 – Ball State Bloomington, Ind. ESPN Plus 8:00 PM
January 2 – Ohio State Columbus, Ohio ESPN 8:00 PM
January 7 – Michigan State Bloomington, Ind. CBS TBA
January 10 – Purdue Bloomington, Ind. ESPNU 7:00 PM
January 13 – Penn State State College, Pa. ESPN Plus 12:17 PM
January 16 – Iowa Bloomington, Ind. ESPN 7:00 PM
January 20 – UConn Storrs, Conn. CBS 3:45 PM
January 23 – Illinois Champaign, Ill. ESPN 7:00 PM
January 27 – Michigan Bloomington, Ind. ESPN 12:00 PM
January 31 – Wisconsin Bloomington, Ind. ESPN Plus 7:00 PM
February 3 – Iowa Iowa City, Iowa ESPN 2:00 PM
February 10 – Illinois Bloomington, Ind. CBS 1:00 PM
February 14 – Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. ESPN Plus 7:00 PM
February 17 – Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. ESPN 4:00 PM
February 21 – Minnesota Bloomington, Ind. ESPN Plus 7:00 PM
February 24 – Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. ESPN 9:00 PM
February 27 or 28 – Northwestern Evanston, Ill. ESPN Plus 7:00 PM
March 3 – Penn State Bloomington, Ind. ESPN Plus 8:00 PM