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Know Your Foes, Game 9: Indiana Hoosiers and Upset Indiana Fans

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Tom Crean has got Hoosier faithful feeling antsy and there's no hoops before Saturday.

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Maybe you knew this already, but they love their shootyhoops out Bloomington way. And at this moment in time, the Hoosier faithful are none too pleased with Tom Crean and the Indiana basketball team after some recent off the court incidents. If only they had a place to gather and voice their frustrations, perhaps on Saturday...

This Season - Indiana: 3-5 (0-4); Hoosier Fans: Not Quite Ready to Fly a "Fire Crean" Banner Over Memorial Stadium During the Game, But We're Getting There

When Indiana marched into Columbia and took down defending SEC East champions Missouri, there was real and justified hope that Kevin Wilson's team could at least make a splash in the B1G, if not a bowl game. Then the Hoosiers got romped 37-15 at home against Maryland and two weeks later starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld went down for the season with a torn ACL. They now sit at 0-4 in the conference and will likely have to wait another year for that bowl bid. Star running back Tevin Coleman has done his best to carry the offense in Sudfeld's absence, but he's getting no help from new starter Zander Diamont.

Much like the football team's regular season, it's been a tumultuous offseason for Hoosier hoops. Freshman Emmitt Holt and sophomore Devin Davis were involved in a late-night car accident last week which left Davis hospitalized with a skull fracture. Most recently, Trevor Williams and Stanford Robinson were suspended four games each for failing multiple drug tests. Fans are understandably upset with the state of the program and it's already led to some delicious if facetious speculation. Oh God. I'm so sorry, Indiana. You have every right to be angry.

Offense

Tevin Coleman. Tevin Coleman Tevin Coleman Tevin Coleman. Tevin Coleman has carried the ball 162 times for 1300 yards - an average of 8.0 yards per carry and 162.5 yards per game. The latter figure is tops in the nation, and there's no doubting that this will be the toughest test yet for Penn State's stout defensive front. The Nittany Lions will look at the film from Indiana's 34-10 loss at Michigan last week and like what they see - Coleman was held to a season-low 108 yards on a season-high 27 carries.

As mentioned above, Diamont hasn't given the Hoosiers any semblance of a passing game. The freshman from Los Angeles has completed 10 of 23 passes for 35 yards through two games. That, as they say, is bad. Shane Wynn has been a fixture at wideout over the past three seasons but he's hardly worth mentioning as a threat with Diamont under center.

Defense

Wilson's defenses have never been Indiana's calling card during his tenure, and this year's unit is no different. The Hoosiers have forced a measly seven turnovers in 2014, and are one of 36 teams in FBS with a worse turnover margin than Penn State. Of course, the Nittany Lions struggled to score in last season's trip to Bloomington and they've had plenty of struggles this season, so it might be unwise to write off Indiana's defense. Senior defensive tackle Bobby Richardson leads the team with 4.5 sacks, but otherwise this isn't a defense with many playmakers.

Special Teams

Much like Penn State, Indiana has yet to make a big play on special teams this season. Wynn has been handling kick and punt return duties with moderate success. Griffin Oakes is totally not a made up name but is the Hoosier kicker - he's made five of seven kicks on the year.

Last Week: 34-10 L at Michigan

Michigan found a lot of success on the ground last Saturday, with Drake Johnson leading the way via 122 yards and two touchdowns. Devin Gardner had two of his own and Brady Hoke's seat got slightly cooler in an uncomplicated Wolverine victory.

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Fun Fact

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