Indiana is a No. 10 seed in updated ESPN bracketology for 2024 NCAA tournament
Most rosters are now set for the 2023-24 college basketball season, which means it is time for a new bracketology from ESPN.
After a busy transfer portal season in the Big Ten, the league is positioned again to place a large number of teams in next year’s NCAA tournament.
Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com updated his Bracketology on Tuesday and has seven Big Ten teams in the field. That number is tied with the Big East with seven behind the Big 12 and SEC, who are both projected with eight.
Indiana, currently ranked No. 30 in Bart Torvik’s projections for next season, is a No. 10 seed in Lunardi’s latest bracket. Lunardi placed the Hoosiers in the Midwest region. He has the Hoosiers as one of his “last four byes,” which indicates he views IU as a bubble team.
Lunardi projects Purdue and Michigan State as No. 1 seeds, Illinois as a No. 5 seed, Wisconsin as a No. 7 seed and Maryland and Northwestern as a No. 8 seeds.
Rutgers and Ohio State are listed among the “first four out” and Iowa is in the “next four out” category.
Kansas, Indiana’s opponent at Assembly Hall on Dec. 16, is the top overall seed in Lunardi’s projections. He also projects Indiana non-conference opponents Wright State, Morehead State and Auburn as tournament teams.
Potential Empire Classic opponents UConn and Texas are also in the field.
Indiana will tip off the 2023-24 season on Nov. 7 against Florida Gulf Coast at Assembly Hall.