Conference: Big Ten Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Indiana Hoosiers came into the season as the No. 1 team in the country and they have not disappointed whatsoever. It will take one heck of a performance for this team to be beaten in the NCAA Tournament, but it can obviously be done, since the Hoosiers do have five losses on the season.
Indiana really doesn’t have a weakness in its game. The Hoosiers are the No. 2 scoring team in the nation, 19th in terms of rebounding and seventh in field goal percentage. Hitting threes, driving the ball or posting up the opposition, this team can really do it all.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Cody Zeller (16.8 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Cody Zeller (8.1 rpg)
Leading Passer: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (4.3 apg)
Bad Losses: None
Good Wins: Georgetown, Michigan State (twice), Michigan (twice), Ohio State
This team’s starting lineup is ridiculously good. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo highlight this team, but there is literally a good player at every position that would start for any team in the country. Just take a look at Indiana’s good wins. You could even add some other quality wins, with victories over North Carolina, Iowa (twice) and Minnesota.
The Hoosiers have consistently been the best team all season long, unless, of course, if you count Gonzaga. However, I do not remember Gonzaga winning the Big Ten conference or beating both Michigan and Michigan State twice this season. Indiana is likely the most well-rounded team in the dance and they have a great shot at holding up the trophy at the end of the NCAA Tournament.
Many people have said that there is not a dominant team this year, but the Hoosiers are as close to a dominant team as we are going to see in college basketball.