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With former IU head coaches such as Branch McCraken and Bobby Knight leading the way, the Hoosiers have won five NCAA Basketball championships and rank as one of the best college basketball programs of all-time.
Indiana recorded their first NCAA Tournament title in 1940 and last cut now the nets as National champions in 1987. With Coach Tom Crean helping to restore the program to elite status, Hoosier fans hope to be number one again soon.
|Indiana Hoosiers Championship Seasons in Review
|1940 National Champs: Although it was Purdue that won the Big 10 title in 1940, Indiana overcame a 2nd place conference finish win their first national title.
Indiana defeated Kansas in the title game by a 60-42 score. The 1940 NCAA Tournament was only in its 2nd year. The Hoosiers were led by head Coach Branch McCraken, just 10-years remove from his All-American career at IU.
|1976 National Champs: Bobby Knight's first national championship Indiana team posted a perfect 32-0 record that concluded with a 86-68 win over Michigan in the national championship game.
Scott May not only led the Hoosiers' surgee throughout the season, but he was also named the National Player of the Year. Other key figures on this team were guard Quinn Buckner and center Kent Benson.
|1981 National Champs: Guard Isiah Thomas was the spark that ignited Indiana's 1981 national championship squad. Although the Hoosiers struggled early in the season, they eventually found their stride with strong defensive play.
The Hoosiers avenged a December loss to North Carolina to beat them in the NCAA championship game for Indiana's 2nd national title in six seasons. Thomas averaged 16 points per game and 5.8 assists per game.
|1987 National Champs: Coach Bobby Knight produced another national title in 1987 as the Steve Alford-led squad posted a 30-4 record on the season. The championship season concluded with a thrilling championship game that featured Keith Smart's last second shot to beat Syracuse.
Alford led the team with 22 points per game, 3.6 assists per outing and shot a blazing 55% from the 3-point arc..
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