The countdown to Selection Sunday 2023 continues. Now just two weeks away, it is time once again for our weekly look at where IU basketball stands in the eyes of the bracketology world.
With two regular season games plus the Big Ten Tournament remaining, Indiana (20-9, 11-7) remains solidly in the NCAA Tournament field after splitting a week of brutal road trips to Michigan State and Purdue.
The best estimate might be that Indiana is hovering right now between a No. 3 and No. 4 seed, and probably leaning towards a No. 4 at this point.
With a minimum of three games to go and a maximum of six, there is still a wide range of possibilities when it comes to where IU might land in the 2023 March Madness bracket. With IU now a lock to make the field somewhere, here are the first and second round host sites:
|March 16 & 18||First/Second Rounds||Birmingham, AL||Legacy Arena|
|March 16 & 18||First/Second Rounds||Des Moines, IA||Wells Fargo Arena|
|March 16 & 18||First/Second Rounds||Orlando, FL||Amway Center|
|March 16 & 18||First/Second Rounds||Sacramento, CA||Golden 1 Center|
|March 17 & 19||First/Second Rounds||Albany, NY||MVP Arena|
|March 17 & 19||First/Second Rounds||Columbus, OH||Nationwide Arena|
|March 17 & 19||First/Second Rounds||Denver, CO||Ball Arena|
|March 17 & 19||First/Second Rounds||Greensboro, NC||Greensboro Coliseum|
Because bracketology is such an inexact art, our preferred resource is aggregator Bracket Matrix, which compiles and averages 89 prognostications to produce something resembling a national consensus.
Through Sunday, Indiana’s average at Bracket Matrix is a No. 4 seed. They appear in all 89 brackets. The current No. 13 seeds IU could face are Liberty, Southern Miss, Utah Valley and Toledo.
Among the 30 predictions at Bracket Matrix updated through Sunday, Indiana is a No. 3 or No. 4 seed in each. They are a No. 3 seed in 10 of those brackets, and a No. 4 in the other 20.
Here’s where Indiana currently stands in the eyes of some of the better known bracketologists:
- Bart Torvik – No. 3 seed (updated Monday)
- FOX’s Mike DeCourcy – No. 4 seed (updated Sunday evening)
- ESPN’s Joe Lunardi – No. 4 seed (updated Monday)
- CBS’ Jerry Palm – No. 4 seed (updated Monday)
- Indiana based Delphi Bracketology – No. 4 seed (updated before win at Purdue)
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.
In its top-16 reveal a week ago, the NCAA Tournament Committee liked IU better than its own NET tool, placing the Hoosiers as the No. 13 overall team. IU has gone 2-1 since then including the win at Purdue.
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: 5-8
- Quadrant 2: 6-1
- Quadrant 3: 3-0
- Quadrant 4: 6-0
IU concludes the regular season with two home games against familiar foes. Here is Indiana’s remaining schedule:
- 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:
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