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NCAA Selection Sunday primer: IU sweating out tourney fate

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:

Overview

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.

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ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi weighs in on IU’s tournament chances

Tuesday afternoon, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi participated in a conference call and fielded questions from reporters ahead of this Sunday’s release of the NCAA tournament bracket.

Inside the Hall asked Lunardi, who currently has the Hoosiers as one of the last four teams in the field, what he thought Indiana’s strengths and weaknesses are ahead of Selection Sunday and what the Hoosiers need to do in the Big Ten tournament to seal an NCAA berth.

Below is Lunardi’s full response:

“Well the strength in Indiana’s case at the moment is their wins are better than their team. At least the way they are playing right now. And I don’t think anybody would argue the point. And a lot of the evaluation of IU is going to come down to kind of the basketball judgment that folks make of how they are playing at the end of the season. Because I think if you are to watch them over the last two or three weeks and if my social media responses from folks are to be believed to any great length, people think I’m nuts for having them in at all because of the way they’re playing.

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March Watch: Hoosiers squarely on the bubble

In last week’s March Watch, we wrote it was a critical week for Indiana’s NCAA tournament chances. Well, the Hoosiers lost to Iowa and Michigan State and now faces a must-win situation on Thursday versus Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament at the United Center in Chicago.

The Hoosiers are 19-12 overall and finished with a 9-9 record in Big Ten games, but have lost eight of their last 12 games. Their best win in that stretch came against Minnesota, a NIT team. And for the first time since March Watch debuted this season in early February, Indiana’s postseason fate is clearly up in the air.

Overview

Indiana’s tournament resume has some strengths, but is not without its weaknesses. On the plus side of things: The Hoosiers have wins over Butler, SMU, Ohio State and Maryland, four teams that are solidly in the field. IU has three wins over the RPI top 25, four over the RPI Top 50 and eight over the top 100. Working against Indiana is a recent loss to Northwestern and the fact that it picked up seven of its nine conference wins against the bottom half of the Big Ten. The Hoosiers clearly need a win Thursday against Northwestern to stay on the right side of the tournament bubble and may even need to beat Maryland on Friday to solidify a bid.

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March Watch: Critical week for Indiana’s tournament resume

After just one game last week that resulted in a loss at Northwestern, Indiana enters a crucial final week of the regular season with a pair of home games against Iowa and Michigan State. The Hoosiers are 19-10 overall and hold a 9-7 record in Big Ten games, but have lost six of their last 10 games.

We’re back this week with another edition of “March Watch,” which will be a weekly feature up until Selection Sunday on March 15. We’ll take a updated look at IU’s current nitty gritty profile, bracket projections, the Big Ten’s tournament prospects and more.

Overview

Indiana has built a solid tournament profile with several wins over teams currently projected to make the field including Butler, SMU, Ohio State and Maryland. IU also has a win over Illinois, which is right on the bubble line in most projections. However, the Hoosiers suffered a loss last week to Northwestern, which is ranked outside of the RPI top 100. With two conference games to go, both at Assembly Hall against teams who could make the tournament, Indiana needs at least one win to solidify its tournament resume.

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March Watch: IU a No. 7 seed in most recent projections

For the fourth straight week, Indiana split a pair of games, but the Hoosiers remain in very good position to return to the NCAA tournament after missing the postseason last season. The Hoosiers enter Wednesday’s game against Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena with a 19-9 mark overall and a 9-6 record in Big Ten games.

We’re back this week with another edition of “March Watch,” which will be a weekly feature up until Selection Sunday on March 15. We’ll take a updated look at IU’s current nitty gritty profile, bracket projections, the Big Ten’s tournament prospects and more.

Overview

Indiana has built a strong tournament profile with several wins over teams currently projected to make the field including Butler, SMU, Ohio State and Maryland. IU also has a win over Illinois, which is right on the bubble line in most projections. With three conference games to go, including two at Assembly Hall against teams who could make the tournament, opportunities remain for Indiana to further strengthen its resume.

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March Watch: Will seven Big Ten teams go dancing?

After splitting a pair of games last week, Indiana remains in very good position to return to the NCAA tournament after missing the postseason altogether last season. The Hoosiers enter Thursday’s game at Assembly Hall with Purdue with an 18-8 mark overall and an 8-5 record in Big Ten games.

We’re back this week with another edition of “March Watch,” which will be a weekly feature up until Selection Sunday on March 15. We’ll take a look at IU’s current nitty gritty profile, bracket projections and the potential of the Big Ten receiving seven NCAA bids and more.

Overview

Indiana continues to boast a strong tournament profile with four wins over teams currently viewed as solid bets to make the tournament in Butler, SMU, Ohio State and Maryland. IU also has a win over Illinois, which is right on the bubble line in most projections. With five conference games to go, including three at Assembly Hall, opportunities remain for Indiana to further strengthen its resume.

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March Watch: A look at IU’s tournament profile, other Big Ten teams

After missing the postseason altogether last season, Indiana is in solid position to return to the NCAA tournament. IU split a pair of games last week and currently sits at 17-7 overall and 7-4 in Big Ten play.

We’re back this week with another edition of “March Watch,” which will be a weekly feature up until Selection Sunday on March 15. We’ll take a look at IU’s current nitty gritty profile, bracket projections, Big Ten bubble teams and more.

Overview

Indiana continues to boast a strong tournament profile with four wins over teams currently viewed as solid bets to make the tournament in Butler, SMU, Ohio State and Maryland. IU also has a win over Illinois, which is starting to make a case for tournament consideration. With seven conference games to go, including four at Assembly Hall, there are plenty of opportunities for Indiana to further strengthen its resume.

Nitty Gritty Profile

· Record: 17-7 (7-4 Big Ten)
· RPI: 31
· SOS: 34 (via CBS)
· Home Record: 14-1
· Away Record: 2-4
· Neutral Court Record: 1-2
· vs. RPI Top 50: 5-4 (via ESPN)
· vs. RPI Top 51-100: 3-3 (via ESPN)

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March Watch: Hoosiers enter February in solid position

After missing the postseason altogether last season, Indiana is back in the NCAA tournament discussion thanks to a 16-6 start and a 6-3 mark in Big Ten play.

This year’s debut of “March Watch,” which will be a weekly feature up until Selection Sunday on Mar. 15, takes a look at IU’s current nitty gritty profile, bracket projections and more.

Overview

Based on preseason projections, Indiana is one of the surprise teams nationally with four wins over teams currently viewed as solid bets to make the tournament in Butler, SMU, Ohio State and Maryland. With nine conference games to go, including five at Assembly Hall, there are plenty of opportunities for Indiana to further strengthen its resume.

Nitty Gritty Profile

· Record: 16-6 (6-3 Big Ten)
· RPI: 35
· SOS: 41 (via CBS)
· Home Record: 13-1
· Away Record: 2-3
· Neutral Court Record: 1-2
· vs. RPI Top 50: 3-4 (via ESPN)
· vs. RPI Top 51-100: 3-2 (via ESPN)

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Bubble Watch: Is IU back in the discussion?

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

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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