With last season's success noted on its Big Ten championship and Final Four banners in time for the home opener, Indiana is aiming higher.
Hoosiers Coach Mike Davis wants a national championship and believes this team can win one. His players have done nothing to disappoint.
Bracey Wright scored 21 points, Jeff Newton had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Tom Coverdale added 17 points as No. 19 Indiana followed its victory at the Maui Invitational with an 84-58 win over North Texas yesterday.
"I think we're better than last year," said Davis, whose team will play Maryland on Tuesday in Indianapolis in a rematch of last season's NCAA title game. "That doesn't mean we're better than last year's team that played the stretch run for the Final Four. But at this time last year, we're way ahead. We're not even close."
The Hoosiers (4-0), playing for the first time since winning their first Maui title last week, struggled at the outset and led North Texas (1-2) by just six points at halftime.
The Hoosiers used the three-point shooting of Wright, Marshall Strickland and Coverdale to break open the game in the second half.
North Texas trailed by nine with 12 minutes left before Indiana's three-pointers starting falling.
* HOLY CROSS 71, BOSTON COLLEGE 70: Brian Wilson scored 18 points, including two free throws with eight seconds to play, as the host Crusaders ended an 12-game losing streak to the Eagles.
Jave Meade hit a free throw to give the Crusaders (3-1) a 69-68 lead in the final minute of the game that had nine ties and 23 lead changes. The Eagles' Ryan Sidney missed an inside attempt and Troy Bell missed a three-point shot with 13 seconds to play. Wilson got the rebound and hit two free throws.
Boston College's Andrew Bryant missed a three-pointer, and Craig Smith converted the offensive rebound with two-tenths of a second left.
* SAINT JOSEPH'S 63, OLD DOMINION 47: Jameer Nelson had 21 points and Delonte West added 13 points and nine rebounds as the Hawks (3-0) beat the Monarchs (1-2) in their home opener.