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An updated look at where IU basketball stands in NCAA Tournament projections — Feb. 8 edition

By Dustin Dopirak —

Indiana started to fall out of the fields of NCAA Tournament bracket experts at the end of last week following the Hoosiers’ disappointing overtime loss at home to Illinois, but their win over Iowa appears to have put them safely back in the field for the moment.

The Hoosiers didn’t move much in the NET rankings and are still No. 48, but they now have three Quad 1 wins with two of them coming against Iowa and the other being a home win against No. 28 Penn State in late December. The wins over the Hawkeyes are still very helpful for the resumé as Iowa still ranks No. 9 in the NET even though it fell to No. 15 in the Associated Press poll.

Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News, who runs the bracket projections for Fox Sports, has Indiana on the No. 11 line this week and outside of a First Four game. He has them matching up with No. 6 seed Virginia Tech.

Jerry Palm of CBS also has Indiana on the 11 line, but he does have them in a First-Four play-in game against LSU, with everything from the 12 line through the 16 line going to smaller conference champions.

Joe Lunardi of ESPN did not have a full bracket update as of Monday afternoon, but he posted a short update that had Indiana as one of the last four byes, meaning one of the last four teams not to have a play-in game.

Shelby Mast, who does bracketology work for USA Today, did not have the Hoosiers in the field, however, leaving them as one of his last four out.

The Hoosiers have a chance to build on their resume this week with road games against Northwestern on Wednesday and No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday.

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