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Bracketology watch: Where IU basketball stands with three weeks to Selection Sunday

The countdown to Selection Sunday 2023 continues.  Now just three weeks away, it is time once again for our weekly look at where IU basketball stands in the eyes of the bracketology world.

With four regular season games plus the Big Ten Tournament remaining, Indiana (19-8, 10-6) remains solidly in the NCAA Tournament field after losing last week at Northwestern and defeating Illinois in Bloomington.  But with a minimum of five games to go, there is still a wide range of possibilities when it comes to where IU might land in the 2023 March Madness bracket.

The NCAA gave us a major clue over the weekend when it revealed its current top-16 overall seeds for the field.  That announcement came before the IU win over Illinois, and had the Hoosiers as the No. 13 overall team — or a solid No. 4 seed in the field.  The NCAA’s Tournament Committee had the Hoosiers playing close to home in the South Region in Louisville.

Indiana has a friendly face operating the NCAA Tournament Committee this year.

You can watch former IU basketball player and current Tournament Committee Chair Chris Reynolds discuss the current views of the NCAA here with Andy Katz.

Because bracketology is such in inexact art, our preferred resource is aggregator Bracket Matrix, which compiles and averages 92 prognostications to produce something resembling a national consensus.

Through Sunday, Indiana’s average at Bracket Matrix is a No. 5 seed.  They appear in all 92 brackets.

Among the 29 predictions at Bracket Matrix updated through Sunday, Indiana on average is a No. 4 seed, with their most favorable outlook a No. 3 seed, and least favorable a No. 6.

Here’s where Indiana currently stands in the eyes of some of the better known bracketologists:

  • CBS’ Jerry Palm – No. 4 seed (updated Saturday before the IU game)
  • Bart Torvik – No. 4 seed (updated Sunday)
  • ESPN’s Joe Lunardi – No. 5 seed (updated last week)
  • FOX’s Mike DeCourcy – No. 5 seed (updated last week)
  • Indiana based Delphi Bracketology – No. 5 seed (updated last week)

The 2022-23 men’s basketball season marks the fifth season of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, which replaced the RPI prior to the 2018-19 campaign as the primary sorting tool for evaluating teams.

The NCAA Tournament Committee uses the NET to facilitate the selection of the field.  The Hoosiers are currently No. 18 according to the NET.  Last season’s No. 18 team LSU was a No. 6 seed in the field.

Using the quadrant system for the NET, the quality of wins and losses is organized based on game location and the opponent’s NET ranking.

  • Quadrant 1: Home 1-30, Neutral 1-50, Away 1-75
  • Quadrant 2: Home 31-75, Neutral 51-100, Away 76-135
  • Quadrant 3: Home 76-160, Neutral 101-200, Away 135-240
  • Quadrant 4: Home 161-353, Neutral 201-353, Away 241-353

Here is Indiana’s current record this season by quadrant:

  • Quadrant 1:  6-7
  • Quadrant 2:  3-1
  • Quadrant 3:  3-0
  • Quadrant 4:  7-0

Note:  Only nine teams have more Quadrant 1 wins than Indiana right now.

IU has perhaps the toughest week possible in the Big Ten, with road trips to the Breslin Center and then Mackey Arena.  Here is Indiana’s remaining schedule:

  • at Michigan State (Quadrant 1)
  • at Purdue (Quadrant 1)
  • vs. Iowa (Quadrant 2)
  • vs. Michigan (Quadrant 2)

You can always find links to the latest NET rankings and other national ranking sites and services here:

Rankings Page: Links to the Top NCAA Men’s Basketball Ranking Services Including the NET

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