What a start to the season - let's do a quick recap of the last 4 games.
Georgetown: This is a game that IU needed. Against a (now ranked) team on a neutral court in a 'championship-like' game provided a good early-season test. The game should have never gone into OT but the Hoosiers put their foot down in extra time and pulled away for a comfortable win.
Ball State: Trap Game? Um, NO. The Cardinals never had a chance in a game the Hoosier took control early, put their foot on the accelerator and didn't let up until the buzzer sounded.
North Carolina: The signature game on the 1st night of the B10/ACC challenge against the 14th ranked Tar-Heels. And after a back & forth 1st 15 minutes of the game - The Hoosiers took CONTROL. The 2nd half? Probably the best half of college basketball I have seen the Hoosier play in a long time. It was dominant. The way they played, so unselfishly, so smart, so crips & clean, there wasn't ANY team in the nation that could've matched up with IU that night - hopefully a good omen to come.
Coppin State: This game can be described best by my friend (a non IU fan) who I was playing with golf the next morning. HIM: "The Hoosiers won again last night." ME: "I know - they played like crap." HIM: "They won by 35!" ME: "I know, but they didn't play well. HIM: "Dude, they WON by 35." I guess my expecations have rose. Regardless, it's still nice to see them beat a team by 35 when they play 'crappy.'
Next big test: Butler. I think that will be more of like a pop quiz then a big test. But we'll see.
Until then Hoosier Fans - ENJOY the #1 ranked play of this year's squad. Too early to call them special but some of their play (especially against NC) was very special. I'm pumped. LET'S GO!
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