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So, this must be what relevance feels like.

How far has the Hoosiers’ basketball team come in one season?

Consider this yardstick.

The last time a No. 1 team came into Assembly Hall, it was simply an opportunity to be competitive. Last year’s IU squad surpassed expectations and pulled off the greatest upset of the year in toppling Kentucky.

IU was relevant once again.

How quickly we have moved past that. Fast forward to Saturday, when top-ranked Michigan travels to Bloomington.

No longer is it enough to play tough.

Relevance, we find, is a relative term; sought after when it is a goal, irrelevant when it has been attained.

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