Does a #B1G Title mean NCAA Tourney Sucess? #iubb

Posted: March 2, 2016 by jmklee in Uncategorized
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So the Hoosiers did it.  Coach Tom Crean and the team everyone had picked to finish some where in the middle of the pack was able to finish on top.  Enjoy it Hoosier Nation, titles of any kind should be celebrated and BigTen championships have not been growing on trees in Bloomington lately.

I have gotten the feeling that Indiana fans have been taking the wait and see approach this this team fearing the late season CTC fade but it never came and Hoosier Nation is starting to get geared up for a run in March.  So does winning a BigTen regular season title mean NCAA tournament success?  Let’s take a look.

In what I call the modern era of the NCAA tournament (1978 and on when at large teams and the seeding process was added) Indiana has won the BigTen 9 previous times and here were the results.

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So what does this mean?  Well I take a few things from this.

Ink the Hoosiers into the Sweet 16.  There have been no early exits for IU.

They will not lose in a big upset.  Other than the loss to Purdue 36 years ago IU has not lost to a team seeded 4th or lower.

They will not lose to a non-power conference school.  All of the teams on the list above belonged to power conferences at the time.  Seton Hall was in the Big East when it was the Big East.

But what history tells us most is this, it is safe for Hoosier Nation to start believing in this team and start gearing up for a March tournament run.  I still do not think Indiana has what it takes to cut down the nets in Houston but they look to be a tough out and all things point towards at least a 2nd weekend team.

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