Ten years ago this March, Tom Crean was the coach of a highly-seeded NCAA tournament team from the Midwest led by a player who was always the most talented player on the floor. While his competition furiously pumped their legs in an effort to keep up with or stop him, Marquette’s Dwyane Wade seemed to glide by and (in the case of Kentucky in the Elite Eight) over them.
History is set up to repeat itself this spring. Only this time, Crean is the coach of top-ranked Indiana. And his transcendent star, Victor Oladipo, doesn’t only have a chance to duplicate Wade’s heroics in March. He has the physical makeup to be Wade 2.0 at the next level.