In a surprise to many bracketologists, Indiana safely made the NCAA tournament field as the top No. 10 seed. The Hoosiers will travel to Omaha to play Wichita State in the Midwest Region on Friday afternoon on CBS.
Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams met with the media on Sunday evening at Assembly Hall to discuss IU’s tournament selection and much more. Watch both press conferences below:
Indiana will open the NCAA tournament against Wichita State in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m. ET.
The game will be televised on CBS and Marv Albert, Chris Webber, Len Elmore and Craig Sager will handle broadcasting duties.
Indiana-Wichita State is part of Fridays’s first session ticket at the CenturyLink Center.
If Indiana tops Wichita State, the Hoosiers will face the winner of No. 2 Kansas and No. 15 New Mexico State (Fri., 12:15 p.m. ET). The winner of that game will advance to the Sweet 16 in the tournament’s Midwest region in Cleveland, Ohio.
Full weekend schedule, bracket, streaming video and ticket information after the jump.
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.
In Indiana’s loss to Maryland in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on Friday night, Emmitt Holt made a number of key plays in the second half to keep the Hoosiers within striking distance. Holt finished the contest with 12 rebounds (six offensive), three blocks and five points.
We’ll take a look at some of Holt’s second half contributions in the latest edition of Film Session:
Yogi Ferrell has attracted the defense on the right side of the court, which leaves Stanford Robinson open up top:
Ferrell makes the pass and Robinson has space to drive:
Evan Smotrycz D’s up Robinson’s attempt and he doesn’t draw any rim:
After a 1-1 split in Chicago at the Big Ten tournament that included a win over Northwestern and a loss to Maryland, Indiana still finds itself squarely on the bubble for the NCAA tournament.
The bracket will be revealed tonight at 6 p.m. ET on CBS, but we’ve compiled everything you need to know in one place in our Selection Sunday primer:
If Indiana makes the tournament, it will be on the strength of its overall schedule and some key wins over other teams that will be in the field. The Hoosiers have wins over Butler, SMU, Ohio State and Maryland, four teams that are solidly in the tournament. IU has two wins over the RPI top 25, four over the RPI top 50 and eight over the top 100.
Working against Indiana is its volume of losses (13), although only one of those losses came to a team not projected to make the field in Northwestern. IU avenged that loss convincingly on a neutral court at the Big Ten tournament. The Hoosiers also picked up seven of their nine conference wins over the bottom half of the Big Ten.
Indiana’s NCAA tournament fate will be revealed in just a few hours. But the Hoosiers believe they should be in the field of 68 when it is announced at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.
For the past two weeks, the Hoosiers (20-13, 9-9) have been on the edge of the bubble due to three straight losses to close the regular season and then another loss to Maryland after just one win in the Big Ten tournament.
However, the Hoosiers feel they deserve to be in the field — and that it is because of their whole body of work, they said.
“I think we should be in because we compete every game,” sophomore Stanford Robinson said. “Yeah, we have some losses, but I think every good team we’ve battled with, we stayed in it or we’ve won the game.”
Two months ago, it appeared Indiana was well on its way to its third NCAA tournament appearance in four years. At 15-4 and 5-1 in the Big Ten coming off a 19-point win over Maryland and previous victories against Ohio State, Butler and SMU, there was plenty of reason to be optimistic.
CHICAGO – Indiana kept things interesting for Selection Sunday with a 75-69 loss to Maryland on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center.
The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 20-13 overall and kept them firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Terrapins:
· Maryland won the game at the free throw line: In our preview on Friday morning, we mentioned Maryland’s ability to get to the foul line as a major key to the Terrapins’ success offensively. That ability was on full display in this game as Maryland got to the line 33 times for a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 67.3 percent.
This wasn’t just the usual suspects for Maryland, it was a team effort. Dez Wells and Melo Trimble combined for 16 attempts, but Evan Smotrycz and Jake Layman each got there six times and Jared Nickens and Damonte Dodd found their way to the stripe as well.
The end result was Maryland taking 11 more free throw than Indiana and outscoring the Hoosiers by seven from the line. In a game that was tight and well contested throughout most of the second half, it was the difference.