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IU women’s basketball a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament

This is an opportunity that has been long awaited.

Indiana earned the No. 4 seed in the Mercado Region of the 2021 NCAA Tournament field announced on Monday night.  The Hoosiers play 13th-seeded VCU in the opening round Monday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.  The entire event is being held in the San Antonio, Texas area.

IU was similarly a lock for the event in 2020 before it was canceled,

It marks the highest seed ever for the program, besting its highest overall seed as a No. 6 seed in the 1983 season when the field was 36. In the modern format of 64 teams, the program’s previous high seed was No. 8 in 2002.  Indiana likely would have been a No. 4 or No. 5 seed in 2020.

The Hoosiers will play in their seventh NCAA Tournament in school history and received back-to-back berths to the Big Dance for the first time since 1994-95. Indiana is 3-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament as seventh year head coach Teri Moren brings a 2-2 record into tournament action.

The Hoosiers (18-5) were a No. 3 seed in the final seedings reveal two weeks ago.  An opening round loss at the Big Ten Tournament to Michigan State seemingly cost them a rung.

VCU (16-10) was an unexpected winner of the Atlantic-10 Tournament as the 5 seed.

If they advance, Indiana will face the winner of No. 5 seed Gonzaga and No. 12 Belmont in the second round.

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