NCAA Tournament Contender Preview: Indiana Hoosiers

Conference: Big Ten
Top 25 Ranking: #1

Season Averages:
Offense: 82.5 points per game, 50.0 field-goal percentage, 15.2 assists
Defense: 61.3 points per game, 38.3 field-goal percentage, 9.9 assists (allowed)

        Analysis: Only 2 of the last 10 national champions have ranked outside of the Top 5 in overall offensive efficiency- the Hoosiers are the top offensive team in the country, with five players averaging double-figures, led by All-Americans center Cody Zeller and wing Victor Oladipo.

        It's no secret that offensive rebounding is crucial, leading to extra possessions and second-chance opportunities to score. Indiana ranks 9th in the country in offensive rebounding percentage, but where the Hoosiers really make their mark on offense surrounds efficiency. Indiana is leads all teams in points per possession (1.20), thanks in large part to an unusual combination of outside shooting (42.8, leads the country) and the ability to get to and convert at the foul line, where, again, they lead in free-throws made and attempts.

        Indiana will wear down opponents, working inside-out through Zeller or outside-in with stellar guard play, capable of getting out in transition and running the floor, or working the shot clock with halfcourt sets.

By Staff Writer - 2 - 25- 13