This magical time of the year is when the fans of four schools across the nation have reached the point where bragging rights have been earned. It’s Final Four time! The combination of the Butler Bulldogs reaching the Final Four for the last two years (who saw that one coming?) and the rebuilding state of the Indiana Hoosiers has made me reflect back to when Indiana had an annual presence in the NCAA tournament. What I found in looking at the Final Four history kind of amazed me. The Hoosiers have been to the Final Four 8 total times (1940, 1953, 1973, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992 and 2002). Out of those 8 appearances, they have brought home 5 national championship banners. So that means that they have won the whole shooting match 63% of the times that they’ve been in the Final Four. Talk about making the most of your visits!
I’m optimistic about the future of Indiana basketball based on the improvement I’ve seen in the last 3 years and the caliber of recruits that Coach Crean has signed over the next couple of years (2012’s class alone has 3 players in the ESPN Top 60). The amazing news that I hit me this weekend was that one of the 2011 recruits (Cody Zeller) won his 3rd high school championship. He has won a state title 3 of the 4 years that he’s been playing in high school. Let that soak in for a bit…I’ll wait for you. The future for Indiana looks to be bright. My prediction is that they will be back in the NCAA tournament in 2-3 years. I would say next year but that’s going to be asking an awful lot of a team that is adding only a couple of freshmen to the mix. Granted, one of those freshmen is Zeller but it will take a bit for the new look of the team to gel together.
I’m excited for next year already!