Bubble Watch: 5 Reasons Why Indiana Won’t Make the Big Dance
Bubble Watch: 5 Reasons Why the Hoosiers Won't Make the Big Dance
Indiana was one of the best teams in college basketball last year, but that was last year. The Hoosiers are near the bottom of the Big Ten standings this year. That is not going to get the job done when it comes to making the NCAA tournament. In fact, they won’t make the Big Dance.
Yogi Ferrell is easily one of the better players in college hoops and it would have been great to see him showing off his skills in the dance.
Indiana may have started the season off by being ranked in the top 25, but it really shouldn’t have been. It lost four very good players from last year’s team and really did not have an answer for that. Yes, the incoming players were pretty talented in their own right, but a rebuilding year was in store for the Hoosiers regardless.
This team has had a lot of ups this season, but it has had just as many downs.
Indiana stands at 14-10 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten. In no way are those two records deserving of a spot in the tournament. I don’t care how tough the conference is.
The Hoosiers still could make the dance by winning the Big Ten tournament, but that is more than likely not going to happen. They could also win the rest of their regular season games, but once again that is probably not going to happen.
Let’s get down to business and see the five reasons why Indiana won’t make the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Tied for No. 9 in Big Ten Standings
The Big Ten is arguably the best conference in America, but a 4-7 conference record is not going to get the job done. That record is good enough for ninth place (tied) in the standings.
Indiana would make the tournament if the field was expanded to 128 teams, but it is still 68 teams.
Current Losing Streak
Indiana is currently on a two-game losing streak. Even worse, it has lost five of its last seven games. May I remind you that the Hoosiers still have to play four more ranked opponents.
Can’t Win Away From Home
Indiana has only won one road game the entire season and that came against Penn State. It only won that game by three points. The Nittany Lions have an overall record of 13-12 and a Big Ten record of 4-8. That’s all I am going to say about that.
14-10 Record is Going to Get Worse
The Hoosiers have seven games left in the regular season and six of them are against teams with winning records. Four of those teams are ranked in the top 25.
You can bet that their 14-10 record is only going to get worse.
Resume Simply Does Not Cut It
At the end of the day, Indiana’s resume simply does not cut it. They are 14-10 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten. According to ESPN, the Hoosiers have an RPI ranking of 92 and BPI ranking of 60.
Wins against Wisconsin and Michigan do look very nice, but those two victories are not good enough.
If Indiana can somehow finish off the regular season very, very strong, then it could possibly make the dance. As of right now the Hoosiers are NIT bound.