Indiana lost to Rutgers at home on Wednesday night in a game with massive NCAA Tournament implications, 66-63, sending the Hoosiers possibly out of the field of 68.
The Hoosiers have struggled late in games all season long and are now in a precarious position to make the NCAA Tournament, sitting squarely on the bubble heading into the final weekend of regular season play and Conference Tournament week.
Here are some updates regarding the Hoosiers NCAA Tournament chances:
Indiana Current NCAA Tournament Projection
Before the loss to Rutgers yesterday, Bracket Matrix listed Indiana as a No. 12 seed, but on less brackets than any of the other 12's in the projected field, highlighting that the team is far from safe and the most likely team to fall out. Of course, a home loss to a team that is just outside the field will not do themselves any favors.
Without another signature victory to add to their resume ahead of Selection Sunday, the Hoosiers are trending towards a team who will fall out of the Tournament field.
Indiana Remaining Schedule
The Hoosiers have one more game this weekend before the Big Ten Tournament, at Purdue, where the team will be around a double digit underdog. If IU were to win that game, expect to see them on the right side of the bubble yet again, but in a likely loss they will have their work cut out for them in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Currently, the Hoosiers are the No. 9 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which means that the team will not have a bye and will face the No. 1 seed in the second round. As of now, they would face Michigan in the 8/9 matchup. IU lost their lone matchup against Michigan this season, at home, 80-62. For what it's worth, the Wolverines are also on the Tournament bubble, so that game may be a de facto elimination game.
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