Mike Davis, Coach On a Mission

By Richard Kent
Updated: October 11, 2004

Mike Davis

Connecticut—Few coaches in college basketball history enjoyed as much success as Mike Davis did at Indiana in his first 3 seasons.Davis guided all 3 of those squads to superb 20 win seasons and NCAA bids.His ledger in the NCAA’s is 6-3.He reached the National Championship game in his first season,losing to Maryland.

But last season,Davis’ team underachieved according to many at 14-15 and 7-9 in Conference play.
So believe it or not Davis is a coach on the hot seat in 2004-5 despite incredible early success in basketball crazy BloomingtonAnd he is signed through 2008!Maybe it was a case of too much too early.
Davis,like Bob Knight believes in playing the toughest schedule possible and this year will be no different.In December Indiana faces a real murderers’ row,playing North Carolina,defending National Champion Connecticut,Notre Dame and Kentucky in a row.Furman is the only patsy on the schedule before Conference play in January.
Things should be different this season for Davis if 6-3 junior guard Bracey Wright finally plays to his true potential as an offensive star.He has incredible range and may leave school after the season for the NBA.
Several players who saw limited time last year must develop early for the Hoosiers.They include Donal Perry,Pat Ewing Jr. and Ryan Tapak.
The expectations are high this season for Davis, as most preseason publications rank them in the Top 10.
Another losing season won’t sit well in Indiana.But look for Davis to right the ship and make another NCAA trip in 2005.