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Indiana forward Juwan Morgan (13) dunks against Michigan in the first half Saturday. Morgan had 24 points in the game and leads the Hoosiers in scoring for the season.

Last season: 16-15, 9-9 (tied for sixth in Big Ten)

Who’s gone: Robert Johnson, Josh Newkirk, Collin Hartman, Freddie McSwain, Curtis Jones

Who’s back: Juwan Morgan, 6-8, sr.; Justin Smith, 6-7, so.; Devonte Green, 6-3, jr.; Aljami Durham, 6-4, so.; Zach McRoberts, 6-6, sr.; De’Ron Davis, 6-10, jr.; Clifton Moore, 6-10, so.

Who’s new: Romeo Langford, 6-6, fr.; Jerome Hunter, 6-7, fr.; Rob Phinisee, 6-1, fr.; Jake Forrester, 6-8, fr.; Race Thompson, 6-8, fr. (RS); Damezi Anderson, 6-7, fr.; Evan Fitzner, 6-10, sr. (transfer from St. Mary’s)

Overview: This is one of the toughest teams in the Big Ten to gauge. It lost several quality players from a middle-of-the pack team, but the addition of one of the best recruits in the country could change everything. Langford was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team despite being a freshman and if he’s as good as advertised, the Hoosiers could be a contender. Morgan, who opted to come back to school after testing the NBA draft waters, also made the preseason All-Big Ten team and Smith, Green and Durham showed flashes last season. It will help if Davis can be close to full strength after a severe Achilles injury suffered in the middle of the last season.

Coach Archie Miller says: “We have a long way to go obviously to become a competitive Big Ten team right now. We got a lot of growing up to do. Our returners have done a really nice job of really accepting responsibility as they've gone through our system here a year. You can really see some growth just in terms of how much further along we are than we were a year ago, just being more comfortable with one another.’’

Don Doxsie's pick: Fourth place



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