The Indiana Hoosiers fell short of a Big Ten Tournament Title, going down to #22 Wisconsin 68-56. In doing so, they might have lost the overall #1 Seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
There is no doubt that the Hoosiers are a one seed. Their body of work speaks for itself. They play in the best conference in college basketball. They have taken down numerous ranked teams and had a highlight reel of great shots and dunks. They also boast two of the best players in the game with Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller.
The problem I have with them being grated the overall number one seed is how they finished their season. When a team goes 3-3 in their final six games, it is hard to say they are the best team in the nation. While Hoosier fans will argue the points I have already made in their teams defense, it is hard to overlook how Indiana lacks defensive prowess.
In the final 6 games of their season, they had great wins over Iowa, Michigan, and Illinois. They also lost games to Minnesota, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. Although two of those losses came to ranked teams, it shows an inability to beat physical teams that force Indiana into half court situations.
The Indiana Hoosiers should not be the overall number one in The Big Dance. While they are one of the nations best, they are not the best team going into the tournament. While my opinion wont factor into the NCAA Committee’s seeding tomorrow night, I make a valid point. Hoosier fans should not feel too confident going forward. If they run into a team that plays tough defense, the Indiana Hoosiers might be watching someone else cutting down the nets in the Final Four.
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