How much have the Indiana University Hoosiers improved? We will find out when they play Minnesota at the Barn-- Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Last time we saw these two play, Indiana was disassembling Minnesota at Assembly Hall-- but then a little Gopher press made things interesting.
Following that game, Indiana hit another press-- at Northwestern-- and struggled, but survived. They followed that with huge wins-- versus Michigan State and Michigan, at Ohio State, and at Michigan State. They are a close to consensus Number 1-- and have brought stability to the top spot. Now the fun begins. Minnesota wants to lock down a tournament spot, as does Iowa. Indiana plays both in the final four games-- along with a league -ender in just over 10 days at Crisler Arena against Michigan.
Questions abound. Has Indiana improved? Is it a lock for a Number 1 seed-- both in the NCAA's and in the Big Ten tournament? Can it stay Number 1 nationally? A lot of answers will be determined in the next 10 days-- but it all starts in the Barn in Minneapolis. Remember-- they don't call the Big Ten America's best league for nothing.
That's my take-- I'm Tom Lee.