Hoosiers named underdogs for the 2023 Final Four

Writing for College Hoops Today, Jon Rothstein named five candidates for the 2023 Final Four and included Mike Woodson and the Indiana basketball program as one of those candidates for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

Why Indiana Basketball Isn’t an Underdog for the 2023 Final Four

My instant reaction to this article by Rothstein is this: take it slow there. During the 2021-22 season, Indiana basketball continued to show its weaknesses from time to time, shooting behind the arc, finishing games, and even competing alone in the Big Ten.

The Hoosiers ranked 211th in all of Division I in three-point shooting percentage (33.3 percent) last season, as well as finishing 264th in all of Division I in three-point shooting (206). Did Mike Woodson and the Indiana basketball program really address these issues in the offseason? Not really. Freshmen Jalen Hood-Schifino, Malik Reneau, Kaleb Banks, and CJ Gunn aren’t known as the “knockdown shooters” coming to Bloomington. No one has been added from the transfer portal and the differentiator for next season will be the shooting skills of Miller Kopp, Tamar Bates and Race Thompson.

While I believe the improvements and the return of Trayce Jackson-Davis allow this Hoosiers team to be considered one of the most experienced and talented rosters in the country, the fact is that IU has not proven it can win in big games. consistently.

If you just look at the season finale and conference tournament, Indiana has a chance to threaten a lot of teams based on how they played Michigan, Illinois and Iowa in the Big Ten tournament, but if you look before the season finale that had, the Hoosiers lost seven out of nine and four out of five on the road. Inconsistency at its best.

Why Indiana Basketball Is an Underdog for the 2023 Final Four

The talent and experience of the Indiana basketball show gives the Hoosiers a shot at any show in the country this coming season. If Jalen Hood-Schifino shows up and shows it game by game as a freshman, Mike Woodson’s team has a real chance to win the Big Ten and make some noise in March Madness.

Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson will always be the consistent part of IU, but if Jackson-Davis and Thompson can extend their reach and start threatening teams like jump shooters, that just adds more layers to the list itself.

It’s funny when you think of Indiana’s basketball roster for next season, because it’s easy to forget how much talent the Hoosiers have off the bench with Jordan Geronimo, Tamar Bates, Trey Galloway and Malik Reneau. Jackson-Davis and Thompson should not play more than 35 minutes a night if these younger players can keep the offense afloat with these guys on the bench.

With experience from his first season, Mike Woodson enters season two in Bloomington after going 21-14 and leading the Hoosiers to their first NCAA tournament since 2016. With a year of experience, Woodson has a chance to lead this show to a Sweet 16 or better if players come together and if offseason development shows improvement among current players.

Hoosier Nation, do we think Indiana basketball has a realistic chance of reaching the Final Four in 2023?

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