In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Romeo earns more postseason accolades.
• Devonte Green has been on a tear.
• 3 trusted bracketologists have Indiana in the field as of today, but that shouldn’t give IU fans a false sense of security.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We’re now one day away from Indiana’s opener in the Big Ten Tournament.
In player news …
Romeo Langford picked up more postseason accolades yesterday.
Romeo was named Second Team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press. He was also named to the US Basketball Writers Association’s All-District Team.
Romeo finished the regular season averaging 16.7 points per game, which is the third-highest point per game average ever for an Indiana freshman — behind only Eric Gordon’s 20.9 points and Mike Woodson’s 18.5.
And speaking of scoring, Devonte Green has been on a bit of a tear of late, averaging 13.3 points per game over Indiana’s last three games. He is shooting 55% from 3, 72% from 2, and 86% from the line, all while dishing out 10 assists and amassing six steals against just two turnovers.
Green was one of the Indiana players who met with the media on Tuesday, and he attributed his improved play to “Just being consistent and staying focused and locked in. And knocking down shots is big, of course.”
Hopefully he’s ready to knock down many more in the coming weeks.
In bracketology news …
While many people consider Thursday’s Big Ten Tournament opener against Ohio State to be a de facto play-in game between the two bubble teams, Indiana appears to be in a fairly decent position right now according to some of the proven bracketologists on the beat.
Delphi Bracketology, the group of high school students led by our very own Coach Tonsoni that is currently #1 in the Bracket Matrix, currently has Indiana as an 11-seed.
Our own Andy Bottoms, who previously held the #1 spot at Bracket Matrix but is currently #10, has Indiana as a #12 seed and one of his last four in. In this scenario, the Hoosiers would be heading to Dayton for a play-in game.
BracketguyDave, who is #2 at Bracket Matrix, joins the Delphi bunch in having the Hoosiers as a #11 seed.
So … this all sounds fairly positive for the Hoosiers, given their high volume of losses and where their NCAA Tournament hopes stood just a few weeks ago. But it shouldn’t give you a false sense of security.
Bracket Matrix’s composite bracket still has the Hoosiers as one of the first four out. And there are still plenty of conference tournaments that could produce bid thieves that would knock Indiana down a peg and put their potential bid in jeopardy.
Plus, since the Hoosiers can only be on the bubble with 15 losses, they will be fighting historical precedent because only two teams have ever made the tournament with that many losses.
In summation, the Hoosiers just need to keep winning. Beat Ohio State, and a potential invite to the dance seems more probable than not. Lose on Thursday, and the NIT may be the best Indiana can hope for.
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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.