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