Albers: My Predictions

Terry Hutchens made his basketball predictions yesterday. Here are mine for this upcoming season.

Our site publisher, Terry Hutchens, posted his Indiana basketball predictions to the site yesterday. He also offered you a chance to play along by making your own predictions in the premium forum.

The best member prediction gives you a six-month free membership to the site. Not too bad, huh?

So, before I make my own predictions for this season, I encourage you to go in the premium forum and give us your own breakdown. How do you see the season going? To do so, click here.

Now, let's get started. Indiana's non-conference schedule should be a cake walk for all but four games. Those are: A Nov. 21 meeting with Washington in the 2K Sports Classic, and then a game to follow against either Boston College or Connecticut. There's also the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at Syracuse on Dec. 3 and the Crossroads Classic game against Notre Dame on Dec. 14.

I think the Hoosiers win the other nine games, split at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Classic (just think they're too young to win both that early in the season), lose at Syracuse, and beat Notre Dame in Indianapolis. That would give them a non-conference record of 11-2.

In the Big Ten season, a quick look at the schedule tells me there are 12 very winnable games (at Illinois, at Penn State, vs. Wisconsin, vs. Northwestern, vs. Illinois, at Nebraska, at Minnesota, vs. Penn State, at Purdue, vs. Iowa, at Northwestern, vs. Nebraska). You could also throw the home game against Ohio State on there and take the one at Minnesota off, whichever way you want to go.

But let's face it: This team is young, and it won't win all 12 winnable games. It'll drop one or two games it is supposed to win.

But the thing is, I think the Hoosiers will win a game or two they're not supposed to win, so it may balance out.

I'm not going to stick with my magic number of 12 because I think this team will be lay an egg one time more than it will pull an upset. So I'll go with 11 conference wins and an 11-7 Big Ten record. Perhaps that is being too generous, but I think this team is capable of surprising some people in conference play.

That would make Indiana 22-9 heading into the Big Ten Tournament. I'm giving the Hoosiers two more wins than Terry does. Who's right? Who's wrong? Weigh in and let us know what you think.


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