Hoosiers to open NCAA Tournament against Wichita State in Omaha

  • 03/15/2015 6:14 pm in

For the third time in four seasons, Indiana is headed to the NCAA tournament.

The Hoosiers are the No. 10 seed in the Midwest region and will take on Wichita State on Friday, March 20 at approximately 2:45 p.m. ET on CBS. The Shockers are 28-4 and were the regular season champions in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Although Indiana was debated as a bubble team in the days leading up to the tournament selection show, the Hoosiers were actually safely in the field.

According to the complete seeding list released by the NCAA, the Hoosiers were the No. 37 overall team in the field or the top No. 10 seed.

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  • You can have your opinion about it, but the facts are, there is not one analyst that I’ve listened to on ESPN or BTN, that has a problem with them being ‘in’ the field. I have heard people second guessing UCLA and some others, but not one had a problem with IU. SO either you like IU or you don’t that is your prerogative.. Really doesn’t change what most people who are less biased think. The reason I posted that was because that particular guy has posted a couple of days earlier, that IU did not deserve to be in. On the ‘Forum’ there is a purple font for sarcastic remarks.. my post would have been in purple on that site.

  • Yes, it’s really not a bad seeding. Jay Bilas and most other ESPN guys have picked Witchita State to make it all the way to the Kentucky game though.. so it’s kind of scary. I do hope IU can make it past them though…

  • So you’re going to Omaha? How exciting.

  • Hoosier gal in Iowa

    Yep! Me and my husband (converted Iowa fan – He’ll have IU stuff on) and one of our friends (she’s a Michigan fan but I’ll give her an IU shirt to wear too). So excited!!

  • THATIS so cool. I am envious. I have another commitment that day.. can’t break it.
    Hope you have a great time and bring home the victory.. Go Hoosiers!!

  • TN Hoosier

    I’m glad we got in and also that we avoided the First Four. I also think that we’re a good team that definitely deserves to be in. I do feel bad for Colorado State and Temple, though, and would have liked to see them make the field. At the same time, I’m not sure who I would drop other than UCLA. Hard to argue against Texas being in.

  • Ole Man

    Drop the “hate on haters” nonsense. Nobody is hating on the Hoosiers.
    How old are you?

  • Ole Man

    Bob–this is a five team that will be POed that they were slotted as a seven. They’re upper classmen, experienced, and get after the other team on D.

  • calbert40

    Speed and pace of play are the keys. WSU is small like we are, and they have a high major backcourt. We are similar in those regards.

    But they emphasize ball control, discipline and half-court pressure on the ball. We want to turn every game into a track meet, and make you uncomfortable with the pace of the game. As good as their backcourt is, I don’t think they have one player who can keep Yogi in front of them, so they will have to help, which can lead to open players.

    Much like any game we play, if we can hit 3s, I think we have a strong chance of winning this game.

  • I really don’t think Glass will extend Crean.. with just a win over Wichita State.. We haven’t been where we all want IU basketball to be in 25 years… probably early to mid-nineties. That can’t be laid on Crean though.

  • calbert40

    While I wouldn’t have made that comment personally, I think there is plenty of evidence of people reacting foolishly about a) our inclusion in the field, b) our seed, and c) how this affects the future job status of Crean and Glass.

    Just be happy, guys. Worry about that stuff another time.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Come on bro! He wasn’t talking about Tyler Harvey… He was referring to Drew Brandon dropping 27 on us.

  • MDHoosier

    Bilas was on Mike & Mike this morning and said that either Wichita St. or IU can beat Kansas.

  • IUMIKE1

    Might wanna rethink that no brain comment after the one you made, cause your comment is the one calling into question if someone has something like that missing.

  • IUMIKE1

    Second that in the biggest way possible. I’d root for the Russians if they were playing ” them “.

  • With the media already pumping up the Kansas Wichita St game it’d be awful easy for the Shockers to look past us and find themselves down quick if we can get out to start like the Northwestern game.

  • John D Murphy

    Now that we don’t have to pretend for the selection committee…any word on HMP?

  • iuoiu

    I dont think they are mad at our network, they are just aligned with the SEC now on all fronts so by default they wish we’d go away…..

  • Elwood Hoosier

    Lazy? IU is the under dog in this one.

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    Good

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t have a brain? You’re the one making yourself look stupid by responding incorrectly to something because you half-read it.
    The point I made is that Harvey, the leading scorer, was only bucket over his PPG average, but Drew Brandon, who averages 9.8 went for 27.

  • sam

    Why does it matter? By the way you are one of those “haters” I’m speaking of, sir.

    You are who your post say you are.

  • Outoftheloop

    That would have been a good point, if you had only said “that”. However you did say: “but how many times have we seen IU be decent on a guy who can score and get lit up by some random jackwad (Eastern Washington this season and Central Connecticut State last year are two examples that immediately come to mind)?” I can only respond to what you did say, not what you meant to say. I now see your point. But in your post you never mention a name, scoring averages, etc. You say “jackwad” and I thought that you were talking about Harvey. Now you are telling me that you were talking about Brandon, who started all year, averaged 9.8 pts/game, and that he is “obviously” the guy you are calling a “jackwad” because I am responding incorrectly to something because I half-read it). The problem is that you did not use English to properly express your thought. That is on the writer, not on the reader. However, you are still lacking a brain to call Brandon “some random jackwad”. Do you realize that Robert Johnson has the same credentials as Brandon (averaged 9.0 pts/game and had 21 pts against TX Southern, also in the NCAA Tourney)? Robert is a very good player as is Brandon. Not a “jackwad” to be found anywhere!

  • marcusgresham

    If you think Brandon is as good as Robert Johnson, similar stats or not, you’re comical.
    Again, just because I didn’t give specific names doesn’t make what I said unclear to the average reader. I referenced two teams that had good scorers but had someone else far exceeding expectations against IU. I didn’t realize I had to go Joseph McCarthy for you.

  • TomJameson

    Yeah, I know, a 5 plus underdog. I was referring to some comments that seemed to pass by Wichita, or overlook them because the mid-major status or their own lack of size, etc… On this and other threads.

  • SilentBob

    Agreed. However those kind POed emotions can go two ways. With their experience it’s probably more likely a positive for them. They also have a hell ofa basketball coach. But at the end of the day I like the match up. I think our guys like Troy and Yogi, who came here with intentions of hanging a banner, will be extremely hungry after missing last year and almost falling out this year. Those emotions can go one of two ways as well, but taking the last two games as a sample size I’m pretty confident it’ll swing in a positive direction for us as well. I’m not saying we will win. Just feel like that 25% chance of victory all these analytics guys are throwing around is a bit low.

  • Ole Man

    Word is, from Coach, that he is beginning to practice some. No word on his actual progress. But the days off can’t hurt! 🙂 Might I suggest that you join the forum? Best IU site on the Net. And lots more depth and coverage.
    PS: I don’t get anything for saying that or anything if you join.

  • marcusgresham

    I’ve said many times, if Kentucky played the University of the Taliban I’d wear a turban that day.

  • marcusgresham

    You wouldn’t happen to be related to a former NHMS teacher, would you?

  • marcusgresham

    A 6’10” and a 6’11” guy who may as well go out in the lobby and play euchre with April and Priller during the game. Other than that 6’7 and 6’8 is about it.

  • marcusgresham

    …and Louisville is arguably overseeded thanks to theirs.

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    Good deal

  • Elwood Hoosier

    Ok. Just making sure u didn’t think we were favored. As much as I’d like that.

  • hardly

    against rutgers they were 10-27, against illinois 11-25(i don’t consider that exceptional..something close to 50% is exceptional imo.) So vs Butler (which is a 50 min drive away) and then they lost vs OSU where they shot 12-25. Out of curiosity I looked up the stats: their best shooting night away from home was @Wisc, 13-24 from 3. From 3 pt range for all games away from home they shot 37%(higher than I expected) and won 5 and lost 9 of those games. Games they won on the road they shot 37.6%….games they lost on the road they shot 37.1%. The takeaway seems obvious but I’ll say it anyway – there is no relationship between 3 pt shooting percentage and winning/losing for games away from Assembly Hall. So it seems like we should hope for more than just good 3 pt shooting vs. W. St.

  • Hoosier gal in Iowa

    Do you get a commission for the recruiting to the forum?? 🙂

  • Ole Man

    No money, nope. I forget what you get. PM Alex and he can tell you. Honestly, I forget.
    Are you enjoying it?

  • Hoosier gal in Iowa

    Yes I am!!! (My productivity at work has become suspect though…)

  • Ole Man

    LOL. Wait until the off season. It’s the only place where you can find anything to talk about — recruiting; comings and goings, etal.