Indiana Basketball is in serious trouble.
In their last 11 games, the Hoosiers are 1-10 with a lone win over Michigan State, who was ranked No. 6 in the country at the time of their meeting. Some are now calling this game a fluke, and tensions are rising in Bloomington.
After beginning the season at 12-2, with notable wins over Marquette, Louisville, and Butler, the Hoosiers were primed for a return to the NCAA tournament, somewhere they have not been since 2016. A legitimate chance at a NCAA tournament bid has all but vanished at this point. The question is, what has caused the Hoosiers to go on such a downward spiral?
I believe the answer lies within inexperience, no will to win, and a lack of leadership.
It is obvious that the Hoosiers have no leader on the court. Their lone senior starter, Juwan Morgan, has been a consistent scorer and rebounder, something that is rare on this IU team, but has yet to showcase any kind of leadership.
Romeo Langford, a five-star recruit and Indiana high school basketball phenom, has been impressive on paper, but has come up short in big game situations.
The supporting cast of Rob Phinisee, Devonte Green, Al Durham, and Justin Smith have been the definition of inconsistent. None of these players are averaging more than 8.4 points per game.
Head Coach Archie Miller must find a way to finish off this horrible season in a strong way, or he will undoubtedly be on the hot seat all of next season.