Bubble watch: Where Indiana, Michigan State fall in Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology
The final week of the regular season is critical for Michigan State and Indiana, two B1G teams firmly on the bubble to earn a March Madness bid. And if the NCAA tournament started today, both teams wouldn’t like Joe Lunardi’s ruling.
In his most recent edition of bracketology, Lunardi has both Indiana and Michigan State in the First Four Out category, missing the tournament. This update comes after Indiana lost to No. 2 Michigan over the weekend, while Michigan State fell to Maryland.
Heading into the final week of the season, Indiana is sitting at 12-12 on the year while Michigan State is 13-10. The Hoosiers have games against Michigan State and No. 23 Purdue remaining, while the Spartans take on No. 2 Michigan twice to close out the year, in addition to the game against IU.
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) March 1, 2021
That means Tuesday’s Indiana-Michigan State showdown in East Lansing is critical for both teams and their NCAA tournament hopes. The Spartans won the first game at Assembly Hall 78-71.
Indiana is hoping to avoid missing a fifth-straight March Madness tournament. The Hoosiers have not played in the tournament under head coach Archie Miller, in his fourth year in Bloomington.
Michigan State is trying to extend an NCAA tournament streak that stretches 22 years.
Right now, Lunardi has eight teams from the B1G in his NCAA tournament picture. Those teams are Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin.