Entering this season, head coach Tom Crean was on the hot seat despite the low expectations for the Hoosiers. Some analysts had predicted a revival for the program, but even that just meant a slight improvement from their 2.6 conference wins per season over the last three years- even in a down year for the conference. But through 12 games in 2011-12, Crean and the Hoosiers matched last season's win total, in 20 less games.
Knocking off then-No. 1 Kentucky at home, quieted doubters was a huge mark. A top ten recruiting class in 2012, including four in-state products helps, with an even better building block of the 2013 class of in-staters is even more of a statement.
The key to this season has obviously been freshman center Cody Zeller. Zeller can score with his back-to-the-basket or facing up or even running the floor in transition. He can rebound in traffic, protect the rim or come away with steals on the defensive end. Zeller is efficient in every area of the game and he will lead Indiana back to the NCAA Tournament this season. But if Zeller leaves after this year for the NBA in a loaded Draft class, it will drastically slow the momentum of the program, but Indiana, is "back" nonetheless.