With momentum going into the Big Ten Tournament, the Hoosiers’ first round loss has determined the fate for Archie Miller’s ball club. During the Selection Show on CBS, the Hoosiers were not listed as one of the 68 teams that will be participating in the NCAA’s tournament. Ohio State received an invitation as an 11 seed.
The selection committee seemed to value wins over strength of schedule and quality of wins. While the Big Ten had the strongest NET and Kenpom ratings, they received none of the top seeds. Michigan State who won the Big Ten regular season, won the Big Ten Tournament, and finished the season at 28-6 ended up with a 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. The ACC received three 1-seeds: Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina.
Indiana in all likelihood will be participating in the National Invitational Tournament as an anticipated top seed. As noted earlier, if Indiana receives an invite, the Hoosiers will participate and so will freshman star Romeo Langford.
The Hoosiers found out their first round matchup in the NIT. They will be facing the St. Francis Red Flashes of the Northeast Conference (NEC) and the game will be hosted at home back in Bloomington. Tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm EST on Tuesday.
Other teams in Indiana’s section of the NIT bracket include:
- #1 Indiana
- #2 Clemson
- #3 Furman
- #4 Providence
- #5 Arkansas
- #6 Wichita State
- #7 Wright State
- #8 St. Francis (PA)