BLOOMINGTON, IN – JANUARY 21: Head coach Tom Crean of the Indiana Hoosiers waves to the crowd after beating the Michigan State Spartans 82-75 at Assembly Hall on January 21, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

After suffering a 90-60 annihilation Thursday night at Michigan, the Indiana Hoosiers are at a bit of a crossroads. The loss was Indiana’s 6th in its previous 12 games, as it fell to 14-7 overall, 4-4 in the Big 10, and right to the cusp of the NCAA Tournament bubble. Making matters worse is the fact that sophomore forward and Naismith Award candidate OG Anunoby was recently ruled out for the rest of the season after a January 18 foot injury.

The current state of the Hoosier basketball program is a far cry from what it appeared to be back in mid-November when a thrilling 103-99 opening game overtime win over Kansas at the Armed Forces Classic in Hawaii propelled Indiana to the hearts of media members and others alike. Narratives and praise were flowing like wine. It was a great time to be an IU fan. Let’s take a look at some tweets from right after that game…

Also the Hoosiers’ oft-criticized head coach Tom Crean, who seemed to give himself some breathing room after IU reached Sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA tournament by beating Kentucky in the second round, appeared to further distance himself from the proverbial “hot seat”….

Now? Probably not so much…

The season certainly isn’t lost for Indiana just yet. Plenty of time remains for the Hoosiers to make another run. However, it’s safe to say that at this point, they look like another underachieving IU squad.

About Fred Segal

Fred Segal, 35, grew up in the Miami, Florida area and currently lives in Coral Springs, Florida, with his wife and two children. He is currently an attorney practicing in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the law firm Broad and Cassel. Fred is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a rabid, borderline unhealthy, supporter of the Florida Gators.