Indiana was picked to finish first in the Big Ten preseason poll for the first time since the 1994-95. IU coach Tom Crean was asked about the target on the Hoosiers' back.
"Our team has had to deal with a lot of other hype that wasn't necessarily positive. I think it's easy to look at the couple of years we started and say, well, Indiana was down and Indiana wasn't doing this or that and that's all true," Crean said. "The target of being an Indiana Hoosier has never changed, and Indiana is synonymous throughout the country for being a lot of things in basketball, and it was always a big deal when you were playing Indiana or Indiana was coming to town and that hasn't changed.
Will it grow some? Maybe. But I think the bottom line is a year ago when there really weren't those outside voices talking in a totally positive light about where the team was at, that didn't faze them, they continued to work."