NCAA Tournament Archive

Bubble Watch: Is IU back in the discussion?

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After a month hiatus, “Bubble Watch” is back following a pair of IU wins over ranked teams last week and a revival of NCAA tournament hopes for the Hoosiers.

The return of Bubble Watch takes a look at IU’s current nitty gritty profile, what the Hoosiers might need to do to reach the tournament for a third straight season and other Big Ten teams currently on the bubble.

Overview

It’s been an up and down season in Bloomington as Indiana has home wins over four ranked teams, but also has home losses to Northwestern and Penn State and just three wins away from Assembly Hall. With two conference games and the Big Ten tournament to go, there’s an opportunity for Indiana to play its way into the big dance.

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Bubble Watch: IU out in latest projections

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The title “March Watch” has been jettisoned out in favor of “Bubble Watch” for now as Indiana is officially a bubble team in early February. At this point the past two seasons, the NCAA tournament discussion regarding the Hoosiers was about seeding and location.

The debut of Bubble Watch takes a look at IU’s current nitty gritty profile, some of the current competition for at-large spots and what the Hoosiers might need to do to reach the tournament for a third straight season.

Overview

It’s been a roller coaster season so far in Bloomington as Indiana has home wins over a pair of top 10 (at the time) teams in Michigan and Wisconsin, but also has a home loss to Northwestern and just two wins away from Assembly Hall. With nine conference games to go, including five on the road, there’s still plenty of time for Indiana to strengthen its resume.

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The Battle for Indianapolis: A look at Indiana and Louisville

031612jeUpdate (10:55 p.m.): Despite trailing by double figures in the second half, Louisville rallied to beat Syracuse and claim the Big East tournament championship. The Cardinals have now won 10 consecutive games.

Suddenly, Selection Sunday becomes very interesting for Indiana because, as mentioned below, Louisville could threaten the Hoosiers for the top seed in the Midwest region. Both teams’ resumes are updated below, and they are certainly very close.

Even with Louisville’s win, CBS bracketologist Jerry Palm still had Indiana has the top overall seed in the tournament, as did CBS’ Seth Davis. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi moved Louisville to the top overall seed.

CHICAGO — Indiana isn’t on the bubble. That’s the good news for Hoosier fans. But Indiana’s 68-56 loss to Wisconsin in Saturday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinal might impact what region the Hoosiers end up in when the bracket is revealed Sunday night at 6 p.m. on CBS.

Had the Hoosiers beaten the Badgers, they likely would have locked up the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and more importantly, the coveted Indianapolis Midwest regional. But after losing a 12th straight game to Bo Ryan and the Badgers, the Hoosiers could get shipped elsewhere.

While Indiana (27-6) will still end up with a No. 1 seed, the Hoosiers could be placed in the East region (Washington D.C.) or South region (Dallas), depending on what happens in other games around the country.

ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi still had Indiana in the Midwest region as of Saturday afternoon, but he has Gonzaga as the top overall seed and Louisville as the second 1-seed. If Louisville beats Syracuse in tonight’s Big East championship game, Lunardi will give the Cardinals the top overall seed.

At this point, Louisville is the only team that could knock Indiana out of the Midwest, so let’s compare the two teams’ resumes.

Indiana

· Record: 27-6 (14-4 Big Ten)
· RPI: 5
· SOS: 11
· Home Record: 17-2
· Away Record: 7-2
· Neutral Court Record: 3-2
· vs. RPI Top 1-25: 7-2
· vs. RPI Top 26-50: 2-4
· vs. RPI Top 51-100: 3-0

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March Watch: Hoosiers look like a lock for No. 1 seed

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Only four days remain until Selection Sunday and with a win at Michigan and an outright Big Ten championship, Indiana appears to be a lock for No. 1 seed. Our final edition of March Watch brings you the latest numbers behind IU’s nitty gritty profile and also a look at possible matchups for the Hoosiers in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Overview

The Hoosiers have played once since our last update, winning a road game against Michigan and completing a regular season sweep of the Wolverines. With a Big Ten regular season championship that included road wins over Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, the Hoosiers boast arguably the most impressive resume of any team in the country. In the latest s-curve of ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi, Indiana is No. 2 behind Duke. ($)

Nitty Gritty Profile

· Record: 26-5 (14-4 Big Ten)
· RPI: 5
· SOS: 11
· Home Record: 17-2
· Away Record: 7-2
· Neutral Court Record: 2-1
· vs. RPI Top 50: 8-5
· vs. RPI Top 51-100: 3-0

Indiana’s RPI rose five spots since our last update and its strength of schedule figure jumped up three spots.

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March Watch: IU has work to do for No. 1 seed

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Only nine days remain until Selection Sunday and with losses in two of its last three games, Indiana has an important stretch on the horizon if it hopes to open NCAA Tournament play as a No. 1 seed. The Hoosiers have already clinched a Big Ten regular season championship and can win it outright with a win on Sunday at Michigan. With just one regular season game and the Big Ten Tournament to go before March Madness commences, it’s time for another edition of March Watch, a look at where Indiana stands in terms of the NCAA Tournament.

Overview

The Hoosiers have played twice since our last update, splitting a pair of home games with Iowa and Ohio State and already own a share of the regular season Big Ten championship. The loss to the Buckeyes dropped Indiana from the top spot in the s-curve of ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi.

Nitty Gritty Profile

· Record: 25-5 (13-4 Big Ten)
· RPI: 10
· SOS: 14
· Home Record: 17-2
· Away Record: 6-2
· Neutral Court Record: 2-1
· vs. RPI Top 50: 7-5
· vs. RPI Top 51-100: 3-0

Indiana’s RPI dropped two spots since our last update and its strength of schedule figure rose seven spots.

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March Watch: Hoosiers hold steady on top line

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We’re down to 16 days remaining until Selection Sunday and despite a loss earlier this week at Minnesota, Indiana continues to hold its position from a seeding perspective for this year’s tournament. The Hoosiers can clinch the outright Big Ten regular season championship with three more conference wins, which could lock up the top spot in the Midwest regional that will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium. With just three regular season games to go, it’s time for another edition of March Watch, a look at where Indiana stands in terms of the NCAA Tournament.

Overview

The Hoosiers have only played once since our last update and despite dropping a 77-73 decision at Minnesota, they still boast one of the strongest overall profiles in the country. In the most recent update, Indiana is No. 1 on the s-curve of ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi ($).

Nitty Gritty Profile

· Record: 24-4 (12-2 Big Ten)
· RPI: 8
· SOS: 21
· Home Record: 16-1
· Away Record: 6-2
· Neutral Court Record: 2-1
· vs. RPI Top 50: 7-4
· vs. RPI Top 51-100: 2-0

Indiana’s RPI dropped one spot since our last update and its strength of schedule figure rose four spots.

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March Watch: IU strengthens hold on No. 1 in Midwest

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Only 24 days remain until Selection Sunday and Indiana continues to strengthen its position from a seed perspective for this year’s tournament. The Hoosiers can clinch the outright Big Ten regular season championship with three more conference wins, which could lock up the top spot in the Midwest regional that will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium. As we wind down the regular season schedule, it’s time for another edition of March Watch, a look at where Indiana stands in terms of the NCAA Tournament.

Overview

The Hoosiers had two wins since our last update that really didn’t do much to bolster their overall profile in Nebraska and Purdue. But Tuesday night’s win at Michigan State was one of the most impressive in college basketball this season and solidified the Hoosiers on the top of the heap on ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s s-curve ($).

Nitty Gritty Profile

· Record: 24-3 (12-2 Big Ten)
· RPI: 7
· SOS: 25
· Home Record: 16-1
· Away Record: 6-1
· Neutral Court Record: 2-1
· vs. RPI Top 50: 7-3
· vs. RPI Top 51-100: 2-0

Indiana’s RPI rose four spots since our last update and its strength of schedule figure dropped just one spot.

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