INDIANA SCHOOLS MAKE GET SHUTOUT
January 20, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
WILL INDIANA TEAMS GET SHUTOUT FROM NCAA TOURNAMENT?
If the college basketball season were to end today, there is a high probability that every Indiana men’s basketball team will be outside looking in at the 68 teams playing in the NCAA basketball tournament. All you have to do is look at Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Indiana State, Butler, Ball State, Evansville, Valpo, IUPUI and IPFW to realize all have a resume that is well short of NCAA tournament expectations.
Let’s start with Ball State, Evansville, Valpo, IUPUI and IPFW. They have no chance unless they win their respective conference tournaments. As for IU, they did themselves no favors by losing to Northwestern at home on Saturday. That loss took a lot away from the huge win against Wisconsin. The Hoosiers will have to make an impression over their final 13 games. Indiana will play 11 opponents ranked in the top 100 of the RPI.
Purdue may have the same problem as IU. The Boilermakers have only one win against a top 50 team. Like Indiana, Purdue will play 13 games against top 100 programs.
Notre Dame is trying to stay afloat in their first season in the ACC. Losing its top scorer hasn’t helped. The Irish will have a chance to improve its resume’ with 10 games against top 100 teams.
Butler is struggling in its first season in the re-vamped Big East. The Bulldogs finally got a conference win Saturday after losing five straight. Like IU, Purdue and Notre Dame, the Bulldogs will have a chance to show they belong by playing nine games against top 100 teams.
Starting today we will keep watching the results, the RPI rankings and how many quality wins each team can manage to accumulate in the second half of the season.
Last Eight In: Providence, Dayton, Boise State, Mississippi State, Saint Mary’s, Florida State, Minnesota, Xavier
Current top seeds….Arizona, Syracuse, Villanova, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, UMASS, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Wichita State, Kentucky, Duke, Florida, San Diego State, Iowa State.