In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Andy Katz bestows an honor upon IU.
• Where the top bracketologists currently have IU.
• What has to happen for Indiana to get a Wednesday bye in the Big Ten Tournament.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We’re now one day away from Indiana’s important game at Illinois.
In team news …
Indiana was named Andy Katz’s NCAA Team of the Week for notching victories over #19 Wisconsin and #6 Michigan State.
In bracketology news …
Those two victories over Wisconsin and Michigan State have renewed hope in Indiana’s chances to make the NCAA Tournament.
In looking at the composite bracket on Bracket Matrix, Indiana is among the first four teams OUT of the field. The Hoosiers currently appear on 21 of the 110 brackets tracked by Bracket Matrix, with an average seed of 11.95.
The two bracketologists we pay the closest attention to — Andy Bottoms and Delphi Bracketology, both in Bracket Matrix top 10 among bracketologists — have slightly differing views on the Hoosiers.
If the Hoosiers can take care of business against both Illinois and Rutgers, it seems likely that, at a minimum, the Hoosiers will be entering the Big Ten Tournament right on the cusp of inclusion in most bracket projections.
Speaking of the Big Ten Tournament …
With two games remaining, what does Indiana need to do to get a Wednesday bye in the Big Ten Tournament?
Well, in short, win both remaining games.
If the Hoosiers beat Illinois and Rutgers, the two teams above them in the Big Ten standings, the worst the Hoosiers could do would be a 9 seed, most likely playing Minnesota on Thursday.
If Indiana loses to Illinois but beats Rutgers, the Hoosiers could still claim the #10 seed if Rutgers also loses at Penn State. If Rutgers beats Penn State in that scenario, Indiana is the #1 seed.
And if Indiana beats Illinois but loses to Rutgers … that would be a crappy way to end Juwan Morgan’s career at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers could still get the #10 seed if Illinois also lost to Penn State.
All info courtesy of the incredible Big Ten Tournament simulator at NotNothing.net.
But let’s not lose sight of the forest for the trees. While the Hoosiers could still get the Wednesday bye with a loss in either of their final two games, the chances of an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament would decline significantly.
And in show news …
This week’s edition of Banner Monday was delayed one day, but we recorded yesterday — with a mailbag, another insightful Big Ten Roundup with Mike DeCourcy, and an in-depth preview of Indiana’s matchup against Illinois.
If you missed, go back one episode in your podcast feed or catch up at our website.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.