Indiana desperately needed a win against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament this afternoon. The Hoosiers and the Buckeyes both entered the conference tournament game on the NCAA Tournament bubble. It’s tough to see both teams getting into the field.
Archie Miller’s team did not get the win it needed. Indiana fell to Ohio State in a close contest, 79-75.
The Buckeyes, who got Kaleb Wesson back onto the court, appear to have solidified their NCAA Tournament status.
Indiana? The Hoosiers appear to be out.
ESPN NCAA Tournament expert Joe Lunardi had Indiana as the first team out of the field before the game against Ohio State. The Hoosiers should drop further away from the bubble line after today.
Yahoo! Sports college basketball expert Pat Forde thinks Indiana is out.
“Ohio State 79, Indiana 75. Everyone is now officially invited to stop talking about the Hoosiers as an NCAA Tournament team,” he tweeted.
Ohio State 79, Indiana 75. Everyone is now officially invited to stop talking about the Hoosiers as an NCAA Tournament team.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 14, 2019
The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel says not so fast, though.
He thinks Indiana still has a chance.
“I … wouldn’t be so sure,” he said in response to Forde. “Committee loves, loves, loves their Q1 wins, and IU has 6 of them.”
I … wouldn't be so sure.
Committee loves, loves, loves their Q1 wins, and IU has 6 of them. https://t.co/idBYkAtJb7
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) March 14, 2019
Indiana is now 17-15 on the season. The Hoosiers went 8-12 in the regular season in the Big Ten.
Miller’s team will now be rooting for every favorite in every conference tournament going forward. If the Hoosiers are going to make it in, they can’t afford for any spots to be locked up by bubble teams or teams not close to at-large status.