Indiana Hoosiers claim preseason No. 1 in USA Today Coaches Poll

Tom Crean’s restoration project of Indiana University basketball has pretty much come full-circle.

After being crippled by NCAA sanctions stemming from former coach Kelvin Sampson’s violations, struggling through six-, 10- and 12-win seasons his first three  years in Bloomington, and leading a remarkable turnaround in 2012-13 that resulted in a Sweet 16 appearance, Crean has his Hoosiers sitting atop the USA Today Coaches preseason poll, released today.

With key returnees in Player of the Year Candidate Cody Zeller, senior Christian Watford and juniors Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey — plus a loaded freshman class dubbed “The Movement” — Indiana appears poised for a run at a sixth NCAA championship, which is remarkable given all the program has been through in recent years.

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Hoosiers Crush Butler, IU 6-0 while Bulldogs Rebuilding

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The sixth victim for the Indiana Hoosiers this season is a much more impressive name than the first five. That’s right, IU college basketball is 6-0 this young season; although they beat all nobodies in their first five.

Last night Will Sheehey scored a career-high 21 points and Cody Zeller added 16 as Indiana crushed in-state rival Butler 75-59 in the title game of the Hoosier Invitational. That’s right, they destroyed last year’s national runner-up Butler Bulldogs, and although that’s more impressive than their first five wins, it’s certainly not a statement win.

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