A pair of basketball programs looking to get back to what they were in the early 1990s have each won their first two non-conference games in key threshold seasons.
Michigan, which has not been a national power since the days of the Fab Five's baggy shorts, thumped Central Michigan, but barely edged Boston University on the road (note: that's Boston U, not Boston College). The Wolverines make a road trip to South Bend on December 3, and host 16th-ranked UCLA two weeks later.
Indiana's last moment in the national sunlight was when Calbert Cheaney strolled the campus, and only a knee injury to Alan Henderson kept the team out of the '93 Final Four.They opened 2005 by racking up a combined 199 points in routing Nicholls State and Florida A&M. The Hoosiers are awaiting a home date with top-ranked Duke a week from tonight, and their traditional battle with Kentucky comes on December 10.
Both coaches--Tommy Amaker and Mike Davis--are under the gun, and both have the talent to contend in the conference. Both lineups are filled with experienced players--IU has four seniors playing substantial minutes, as do the Wolverines. The two teams will open the Big Ten season against each on January 3, in an ESPN telecast.