BoD East Region- First Round #6 Houston vs #11 Indiana

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Who wins this East Regional 1st Round matchup?

Poll closed Apr 3, 2020.
  1. 6 Houston

    56.3%
  2. 11 Indiana

    43.8%
  1. EvilMonkeyInTheCloset

    EvilMonkeyInTheCloset Well-Known Member
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    #6 Houston Cougars (23-8, 13-5)

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    AAC (t1st)
    Off- 72.3 ppg / Def- 62.1 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 21 (Last: 2019)

    Top Scorers:
    Caleb Mills 13.2 ppg
    Quentin Grimes 12.1 ppg
    Nate Hinton 10.6 ppg
    Fabian White 9.3 ppg
    DeJon Jarreau 9.0 ppg

    #11 Indiana Hoosiers (20-12, 9-11)

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    Big Ten (t10th)
    Off- 71.4 ppg / Def- 66.7 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 39 (Last: 2016)

    Top Scorers:
    Trayce Jackson-Davis 13.5 ppg
    Devonte Green 10.8 ppg
    Justin Smith 10.4 ppg
    Al Durham 9.8 ppg
    Rob Phinisee 7.3 ppg


    A year removed from setting a program-record for wins in a season along with a trip to the Sweet 16, Houston used the 2019-20 season to establish that they aren't just a flash in the pan. These Cougars are building a consistent winner following a second-straight AAC regular season championship. Not only that, but they're doing it with youth, as top scorers Caleb Mills (13.2 ppg), a freshman, and Quentin Grimes (12.1 ppg), a sophomore, are both expected to be back next year to give fellow AAC opponents fits. But this year's Cougars got things done with balance, and a tenacious defense that ranked 12th nationally. A 12 point-loss at Oregon was their only defeat by double digits, and 5 of them came within a single possession, meaning this Houston team would have made for a tough out for just about anyone they faced.

    Life on the Bubble can be nerve-racking for any program, yet even for a tradition-rich one like Indiana, it had to be nice to at least be back in the conversation after 3 seasons. The Hoosiers may have had one of the lowest conference finishes of an NCAA Tournament team, but they also certainly had to feel they had done enough for the committee to invite them to the Dance after victories over Minnesota and Nebraska, which got them to 20 wins on the year. This was after an 8-0 start that included an impressive 80-64 win over Florida State. Big Ten play was less kind to the Hoosiers, but of their 9 conference wins, 4 came over Top 25 opponents. As for this hypothetical matchup, it would've been interesting to see which of these two younger teams with bright futures would've advanced, as Devonte Green of Indiana is the lone Senior among the 10 top scorers, with both teams being led by freshman guards.
     
  2. IUfanBorden

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    Not sure who wins, but one thing I am sure of-----Some IU fan gonna hit KS with a water bottle....or two....or three.....Laughing
     
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    I think in this game, up-tempo, we get "Good Green". He drops 27, Justin Smith makes 2 lay-up's, Hoosiers pull out a squeaker, 79-76.
     
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  4. dukedevilz

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    Houston would be a very tough out IMO. I'd have a tough time picking against them. Here's what I said six weeks ago:

     
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    Caleb Mills graduated from the same high school as me, so I guess I'm a tad biased towards Houston. Excited to see his progression.
     
  6. EvilMonkeyInTheCloset

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    Houston may very well be a Top 10 team next year. Top 15 for sure.
     
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  7. SheriffBufordTJustice

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    Didn't watch many Indiana games this year.

    Houston had the tendency to screw themselves at times. Just matters how much Indiana can push them.

    Because they are a solid team that has a lot of weapons and great guard play.
     
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    Sampson has deep ties to the state of North Carolina.
    Grabs a player or two from there.
     
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