Indiana Hoosiers Are Not NCAA Tournament Team

By Trevor Lowry
Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Hoosiers may have only lost to the Michigan State Spartans by five points on the road, but they are still not an NCAA tournament team.

Indiana is now 2-4 in the Big Ten. Sure, two of those losses have come against the Spartans, but the team has also lost to Northwestern… at home. The loss to Illinois is not bad, especially since it was on the road.

Still, the Hoosiers now have seven losses on the season and I highly doubt they go undefeated the rest of the way through. I am not saying that they need to be perfect the rest of the season to make the dance. However, I am saying that this team will lose more games. Maybe even a lot more.

Indiana still has to play Michigan (twice), Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Contests against Purdue and Minnesota will not be easy either, especially since both will be played away from home.

As far as the resume goes, Indiana is not in too bad of shape. It has non-conference losses against Notre Dame, Connecticut and Syracuse. The victory over Wisconsin is huge. The Hoosiers have no good road wins, though, unless if you think a road win over Penn State is good–only victory away from home.

It certainly is not impossible for Indiana to make the tournament, but its resume could be better. I guess we will have to wait and see how weak or strong the bubble is come March, but this team has a lot of work to do if it plans on making the tournament field.

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