Indiana left out of NIT field, will not play in postseason

  • 03/16/2014 8:52 pm in

Indiana was not selected into the 2014 NIT field when it was announced Sunday night, leaving them without a postseason bid for the first time since the 2010-2011 season.

The 17-15 Hoosiers held an intriguing résumé, one that included three wins against teams in the top 25 of the RPI but also four losses to teams outside the top 100.

Their non-conference strength of schedule left much to be desired, as well — 216th out of 351 teams.

Each of the past two years, Indiana had made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, however, it lost four starters over the offseason and dealt with inconsistencies throughout the 2013-2014 season.

It finished eighth in the Big Ten regular season standings and lost by 10 points to Illinois, a team included in the NIT selection seeded No. 2, in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament this past Thursday.

The NIT field also had only 19 at-large bids available after 13 teams secured auto-bids. (Auto-bids in the NIT are given to regular season conference champions who lose in their conference tournaments.)

Minnesota is the other Big Ten team in the field and earned a No. 1 seed.

Though the Hoosiers will not be playing in the NIT, they could, potentially, still play in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). It is unclear whether Indiana would accept a bid into the CBI, though teams have to pay to play in that tournament.

UPDATE (9:18 P.M.): Indiana athletic director Fred Glass has told Inside the Hall that Indiana will not play in the CBI, thereby ending the 2013-2014 season.

Hoosiers coach Tom Crean had this to say, via his Twitter account Sunday evening: “We would have loved to be able to keep playing. Our determination and confidence was high. Our desire to improve has been strong. Not much I will add now but we certainly appreciate the great support of our Indiana fans and students. See you next year.”

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  • SilverAtlanta

    Without the man you speak so poorly of, do you think Victor would have worn the Candy Stripes? Mo Creek? It has been his relationship with players and CTC that has opened the state of Maryland to IU. He was the guy who recruited Noah, it was his relationship that got Noah to IU, perhaps a little homework before you swallow your whole foot at one time?

  • trailrunner

    Good grief!

  • I do have a good sense of humor. But you’re spot on with the popular culture thing. I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to that. I would have to agree with you though.. I was still in very high hopes for this season, when we came so close to UConn. But just think how many times that same scenario repeated itself this season. IU comes down the floor with a chance to win.. or at least reassume the lead in a hard fought game, and we do not make the shot. In more cases than I would like to think, it was one of our Senior leaders, or Yogi that either missed the shot, or never really got off a solid attempt. Either way, the end of that game turned out to be a sad portend to what we were all expecting to be a difficult, but at least somewhat successful season. Ting is, as most posters on here have stated, we just didn’t get appreciably better. We were making the same careless mistakes at the end as we were making in the beginning. I feel everyone’s extreme disappointment. I just felt like we would do more this year.

  • Andy

    I was just playing with you my man. My point was I felt like we got worse as the season went on. In my experience with college athletics, young teams get better with experience. This team did not. The UCONN loss was just the beginning of a season-long trend of terrible second half basketball. That and the last 1:00 of the first half of games was atrocious. Every game. It was like watching 10 year olds play at times. Same mistakes over and over.

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  • Andy

    I was just playing with you my man. I think we all share the same frustration. A team that found ways to lose consistently rather than win. While it is all hypothetical, I do not think it is a stretch for this team to have a 23-10 record and a 6 seed in the tournament right now. Same mistakes over and over again. Like watching children play.

  • calbert40

    Bo Ryan utilizes redshirts very well, and I wouldn’t be opposed to Crean using them also. The problem is that redshirt players on the rosters still count against a team’s scholarship numbers, so it may not have made much of a difference in the Mo situation. The player being redshirted would probably have been behind him on the depth chart (Hartman?), so even if the NCAA allowed for an extra scholarship in that situation, he probably still wouldn’t have been happy with his PT.

  • calbert40

    It isn’t hard to understand…at least I didn’t think so. Really good team has a really good season and accomplishes a lot, but the journey ends too quickly and without the ultimate goal. That is the definition of a disappointing end to a very good season. If you want to call it a total disappointment, be my guest. I’m not going to stop you, but don’t try to sell that to me. I’m not buying it.

  • SilverAtlanta

    Would be a tough sale, no question but I’d have to believe that Mo and Remy or at least one of them, would have been better than what we have seen this year.

  • pcantidote

    I am not backing CTC and certainly not thrilled with him. I just think it is blatantly obvious to anyone who understands the game that we were less talented than most b1g teams. To be clear, there is not much difference top to bottom talent wise, but the clear differences top to bottom were 3 point shooting and turnover margin. Both are very much talent metrics, although I do agree that a system can limit turnovers. Even a really good crean team will commit TOs. The difference this year was that you had everyone forcing things that were beyond their skillset because kicking out to 3 point shooters was a non option.

  • ForeverIU

    Not that I want us to mimic their game, but it makes me hopeful that we’re getting shooters next year. The 3 goes a long way, literally and figuratively. Does it encourage the lazy game? Does it distract the critics of the stagnant offense?

  • ForeverIU

    We’re probably better off practicing against each other.

  • ForeverIU

    I got your back brother. lol.

  • Tim O’Nawbny

    Agree. Next season looks like this one, time for a change. No matter where you lay blame, CTC needs to go. Hot seat.

  • MillaRed

    OK I take back my comment I made today. At least one guy really does hate Tom Crean. Whew.

  • MillaRed

    Once we made the dance, the never getting to The NIT flag was raised and raised high. We never should be out of the post season. No doubt we had enough top talent for the NiT. We have enough for the dance!

  • Ron

    Before the season started Tom Crean told Mo Creek “Hollowell is going to get more playing time then you.” Mo Creek responded “Ok, I will transfer to George Washington and take them to the NCAA tournament.” And then Tom Crean was like “I’ll just blame my players for my own mistakes and not get invited to the NIT.”

    I’m really happy for Creek though, he had a phenomenal season. Go GW!!!!

  • Ron

    Tom Crean is almost the socialist that you are 😛

  • Ron

    Mo Creek had injuries…………uhhh……ya lol

  • I guess I can be a little slow on the uptake sometimes. It definitely has been frustrating. As was pointed out on the podcast.. if only we’d have won the Northwestern thing.. and held on with Penn State.. we’d have been 19 and 13.. would’ve undoubtedly made the NIT… Which to me would’ve still been a big disappointment. But then you throw a couple more very winnable games in like Illinois, Minnesota, and maybe a short run in the B1G Tourney.. and we’d have been in the dance. I guess the scary part is.. is this just a ‘blip’ on the radar.. or is it a sign of some larger problem, that may not be corrected next year. If we don’t lose any major talent, other than possibly NV going into the draft.. we could be a pretty good team next year. or…. I don’t even want to think about the ‘or’ possibility.

  • Funniest thing, Vic surely gives Crean all the credit. You can put your own slant on it anyway you want.. doesn’t make it true.

  • Me too.. I’ve got your back.. I appreciate your very good comments. I am one who is very disappointed, but not willing to throw Crean under the buss. Think he’s done a lot of good and deserves more than all of this.

  • ForeverIU

    Ok … ya lol … because injuries are such a rare occurrence in sports.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    I have been looking all over the web for any comments that Victor or Cody have made which indicate how much credit they give Crean. I know that Dwayne Wade has said that he regards Crean as a father and credits him with his success, but I have read no similar comments from either Zeller or Oladipo. If they made those comments, then I need to factor them into my view of Crean. You seem to be aware of comments that Victor made. Where may I find them? Thanks.

  • Robert J Morgan

    YES, BUYOUT ! I would hate to see another year of crean strutting the side lines like a peacock, yelling instructions for every move and also physically shoving players into the position he wants. The coaches should not be allowed on the playing floor, which most of them do. Crean would be in trouble coaching a game at Vanderbilt. He would be at half court yelling instructions. What has happened to the coaching box ? Does it not include the side line marker. We need a coach who is not interested in being in the lime light. Even the announcers have stopped commenting on his strutting.
    Use some of the Simon money to repair the program as well as Assembly hall. Waiting for the high schoolers to opt out of their commitments to come in as well as the transfers !!
    “Another season on the brink”

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Yes. We should be grateful. Calbert’s in a far better place.

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Rie-chan, do you even know about what he did as an assistant at Iowa?

    He has always been scum and his smiling glad-handing cheerleadin’ cheatin’ ways may go down at Tennessee but are you KIDDING ME that after KELVIN SAMPSON you wanna give a cheater ANOTHER chance?

    Had Greenspan over-reacted to Sampson we wouldn’t be in this mess we’re in now. Ja ne.

  • Jeff

    Let’s be mature and able to accept criticism when needed. This is the most embarrassing year in many. We had some very down years a few years ago but they were understandable due the circumstances. We are well beyond those (number 1 seed last year) and when a team from IU can’t even make the NIT responsibility must be accepted by those responsible for such poor results. CTC has to step forward and accept the responsibility for the results this year. He had his recruits at this point and delivered an embarrassing offering to the supporters. It is ridiculous to be negative because someone is critical. Sticking ones head in the sand usually doesn’t work well in business & coaching is a business. If he can’t get the job done then regardless of how nice the person he/she is they must go in favor of a potential stronger leader. Making neither the NCAA nor the NIT tells us how poor others believe we were this year. How many five star recruits do you think will consider IU in the near future after this showing! And it takes top recruits to be in the Big Dance year in and year out like Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State, Duke, Kansas, NC, Louisville, and yes even Kentucky made the NIT

  • They were quotes in several different articles in Indy Star and several other publications written when Vic went pro. If you’ve been following Indiana basketball on here for more than a few months, or unless you have the world’s shortest memory, you’d remember reading those quotes from Vic. Never heard or read anything from Cody where he said those kinds of things, but Vic surely did. They weren’t in the social media.. they were published articles. If you’re really looking you’ll find them.