Indiana gets shoutout from Dickie V. for impressive B1G Tournament run
Indiana entered the B1G Tournament knowing it needed at least one victory to ensure it would have a shot to compete in March Madness. The Hoosiers got two.
Mike Woodson’s team was firmly on the bubble after the regular season, likely on the outside looking in. Things didn’t look too good in Indiana’s first game against Michigan on Thursday, falling behind by 17 points in the second half.
But the Hoosiers found life, overcame that double-digit deficit to knock off the Wolverines and stay alive in the March Madness conversation. Then, IU all but solidified its spot in the NCAA Tournament with a win over top-seeded and B1G regular season champion Illinois.
Indiana nearly upset Iowa to advance to the championship game, but a desperation heave from Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon sunk the Hoosiers. Still, it was a masterful run from a team that needed wins.
Though IU was eliminated Saturday, college hoops legend Dick Vitale game the squad a major shoutout for their run in the B1G Tournament. He says Indiana was one of “3 teams from power 5 conferences” that earned a chance to play in March Madness.
The others were Virginia Tech (ACC Tournament champion) and Texas A&M — which made a run to the SEC Tournament championship.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 13, 2022
According to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, the Hoosiers are a No. 11 seed for this year’s NCAA Tournament and are one of the “Last Four In” for this year’s field.
Indiana is currently 20-13 this season with a 9-11 mark in the B1G (not counting the tournament). It has quality wins over Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue and Illinois.