College basketball heating up

A look at Indiana teams heading into the holidays

Indiana Hoosiers: The Hoosiers are currently sitting at 8-2 after suffering a disappointing loss to the Louisville Cardinals 94-74 but following that with a win over Grand Canyon State.

Freshman starter James Blackmon Jr. led the Hoosiers in scoring against Louisville with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists.

The Hoosiers are off to a good start and are fortunate to be only lose twice (one home loss and a road loss). Hoosiers coach Tom Crean has to be at least satisfied with the effort game to game the Hoosiers are showing. The Hoosiers will have a big test this Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Butler Bulldogs.


#15 Butler Bulldogs: The Butler Bulldogs are currently at 8-2 after a loss at Tennessee Sunday. The Dogs have looked impressive, especially in a 93-51 win over the Kennesaw State Owls 93-51. The Bulldogs outscored the Owls by 25 points in the first half of the game.

Roosevelt Jones, who has had a great season so far, scored 19 points with seven rebounds and seven  assists. The Butler Bulldogs only loss came at the Oklahoma Sooners about a month ago. Since, the Butler Bulldogs have been rolling big time.


Indiana State Sycamores: The Indiana State Sycamores are 3-5 and are coming off a loss to Ball State. The Indiana State Sycamores are having a shaking season thus far. They have split the last two road games they had one apiece and having lost a game in their own arena. The good news for the Sycamores they have the next four out of 5 games at home. This home stand they must rely on good play and win some games.

The Sycamores have been searching for a consistent scorer and they must find one.


Ball State Cardinals: The Ball State Cardinals are 3-3 currently and has had a pretty average season so far. The Ball State Cardinals have alternated wins and losses all year and you know what they are looking for is some consistency. And they do have something to build off of from their win against the Indiana St Sycamores 70-63.

The Ball State Cardinals have a couple of road games coming up and if they can take advantage and at least split those games the Cardinals can gain more stability and be talked about around college basketball.


Purdue Boilermakers: The Purdue Boilermakers are 8-3 on the season and have played an interesting schedule thus far. The Boilermakers have played no away games this season. five games were at home and three games were played on a neutral location.

The Boilermakers have definitely benefited from this schedule and the even better for them is that they get to play more games at their arena. The Boilermakers scoring this season has been Kendall Stephens who has averaged 12.4 points per game. The Boilermakers are currently unranked but despite that the Boilermakers are leading the Big Ten conference. The Boilermakers lost by 10 points at Vanderbilt over the weekend and play Notre Dame this Saturday at the Crossroads Classic.