Why IU should make the NCAA Tournament


Mar 29, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Dayton Flyers head coach Archie Miller reacts against the Florida Gators during the second half of the final in the south regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Wallingford, Co-Editor-In-Chief

Indiana is “on the bubble” to make the NCAA tournament as they wrapped up regular season play this week with a win at home against Rutgers.

When looking at teams that aren’t a lock for tournament play their are many factors to look at. While Indiana doesn’t have a very glamorous record at 17-14, they have some big time wins so far this season. IU had a season sweep of Michigan State who is a lock for the tournament, and they had very strong home showings with wins against Louisville and Marquette who are also locks.

Another factor, and possibly the biggest, is Quad 1 wins. A quadrant one win is described as a game for the home team vs another team with an RPI ranked 1-30, a neutral court game vs a team ranked 1-50, or an away game vs a team ranked 1-75. Indiana currently has six, which is the 18th most in all of college basketball, all the teams ahead of them are locks for the NCAA tournament. The difficulty of Indiana’s schedule is something to take note of, and they win consistently with this schedule.

The Big 10 tournament starts this week and Indiana must play well on Thursday against Ohio State if they want to keep their tournament hopes alive.