The significance of a 15-4 start

The last 13 times that Indiana has won at least 15 of its first 19 games, the Hoosiers have gone on to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. It's a streak that spans 40 years. At 15-4, will the current Indiana team continue that trend? Only time will tell.

How much can be gathered from Indiana’s 15-4 start through the first 19 games?

Well if past results are a true indication, it should mean that IU is on its way to a date in the future with the NCAA Tournament.

Of course, the Hoosiers have to continue to play at a high level. That’s a given. But here are a few statistics about what a 15-4 start or better through 19 games has meant to recent IU teams.

The last 13 times that Indiana has started at least 15-4, the Hoosiers have qualified for the NCAA Tournament. It’s a span of 40 years.

In all, this is the 29th time in IU history that IU has won at least 15 of its first 19 games.

This is the third time in four seasons that a Tom Crean coached Indiana team has opened the season by winning at least 15 of its first 19 games. In 2013, the Hoosiers opened 17-2. In 2012, the year of the Christian Watford shot to beat Kentucky, IU opened 15-4.

Here is a quick look back at the last 13 times that Indiana has opened the season with at least 15 wins in the first 19 games.

2012-13: 17-2, Lost in the Sweet Sixteen.

2011-12: 15-4, Lost in the Sweet Sixteen.

2007-08: 17-2, Lost in the First Round.

1999-2000: 16-3, Lost in the First Round.

1996-97: 15-4, Lost in the First Round.

1992-93: 17-2, Lost in the Elite Eight.

1991-92: 16-3, Lost in the Final Four.

1990-91: 17-2, Lost in the Sweet Sixteen.

1988-89: 15-4, Lost in the Sweet Sixteen.

1986-87: 17-2, National Champions.

1982-83: 17-2, Lost in the Sweet Sixteen.

1975-76: 19-0, National Champions.

1974-75: 19-0, Elite Eight.

What does that all mean? Simply that there is a track record for qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in years when the Hoosiers have started the season at least 15-4.

Will it continue? Only time will tell.


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