Conference: Big Ten
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Head coach: Archie Miller, third season at Indiana (35-31 record at Indiana)
2018-19 record: 19-16 (8-12 Big Ten)
Last time in NCAA Tournament: 2016, lost in the NCAA Sweet 16
Top three returning scorers:
- Devonte Green, senior, guard, 9.4 ppg
- Al Durham, junior, guard, 8.3 ppg
- Justin Smith, junior, forward, 8.2 ppg
Key losses: Romeo Langford, left early for NBA Draft, guard, 16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg.
Juwan Morgan, graduated, forward, 15.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg.
Exciting newcomer: Trayce Jackson-Davis enrollment was a major coup for the Indiana Hoosiers. The 6-foot-9 forward out of the state of Indiana was an McDonald's All-American in high school, and was the No. 30 player in the country. He comes in as a very talented prospect that will start immediately. He has already turned heads in practice earning the gold jersey, given out to the player who is playing the best on the team for Indiana. He will be a player to watch right away in the conference.
Date of game 1: Saturday, December 7th, time to be announced
Location: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Date of game 2: Saturday, March 7th, 12 p.m.
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
Preview: Phenom Romeo Langford and senior Juwan Morgan were the primary playmakers for the Hoosiers last season. Both are gone. Trayce Jackson-Davis will be called upon to help out the team immediately with his length and athleticism. Justin Smith is a big bodied athlete who can get to the rim, but Indiana does not have the same top end talent as a year ago.
Archie Miller will have this team playing hard in conference, but while they may be better this season, many teams have elevated themselves this off-season in the B1G. I anticipate Jackson-Davis to be a potential one and done candidate if all goes to plan for him, but I do not think they have enough to contend for a conference championship. I believe that they will likely be middle of the pack in the conference, which obviously is not what Indiana fans want to hear given there history.
Prediction: I believe Wisconsin should win the game at home. Assembly Hall is a tough place to play, so if Indiana has something to play for at the end of the season it may be a difficult spot. I think the two teams split the series, but would not be surprised to see Wisconsin win both.