Indiana Drops Costly Game, NCAA Tournament Bid in Serious Trouble

By Trevor Lowry
Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Hoosiers may not even be a bubble team anymore. Their chances of making the NCAA tournament did not look very good, and then they dropped a costly game to Nebraska.

Winning on the road in the Big Ten is not an easy thing to do. The Hoosiers could not pull off that feat against the Cornhuskers. They are now 13-8 on the year and 3-5 in the conference. Neither screams NCAA tournament team.

Indiana still has to play five ranked teams–at least as of right now–so I suppose it could still play its way into the dance. Heck, it could still win its conference tournament, which would lead to an auto bid, but you can say that about every team.

The Hoosiers beat Wisconsin when it was ranked No. 3. That was a solid victory to say the least, but the Badgers keep losing–now 4-4 in conference play. Still, that is clearly a huge win.

Nebraska is not going to make the dance this year and Indiana cannot afford to lose to teams who are not going to make the field of 68. That is basically the case with any bubble team this time of the year.

The Hoosiers have now lost three out of their last four.

Indiana has Michigan next at home. A victory would be huge and may be needed at this point. We will have a much better idea of this team’s destiny once the month of March hits. However, its most recent loss to the Cornhuskers probably does not bode well with the tournament committee.

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