With more returning starters than any team in the Big Ten this season, including four graded among the very best at their respective positions, the Indiana Hoosiers have their sights set on a Big Ten title coming off a momentum-building campaign.
Others around the league believe the Hoosiers are well-coached and will be a tough out as a team most have ranked inside the preseason polls.
“They absolutely overachieved last year, but consider the fact that they’d been underachieving for a long time,” one anonymous coach told Athlon Sports in its 2021 preseason preview. “I think Tom Allen is the real deal. I think the culture is real. That’s not put-on stuff for TV. Those kids play their asses off for him. They were a feel-good story for a lot of staffs and programs that are trying to built it slowly and not cut corners. The administration knew what they had and gave him time, and you see the results.”
Another coach says you know what you’re getting with Indiana and points to one position in particular being the most vital to the Hoosiers’ success.