The countdown to Selection Sunday 2023 continues. Now just two weeks away, it’s time again for our weekly look at where IU basketball stands in the eyes of the bracketology world.
With two regular season games plus the Big Ten Tournament remaining, Indiana (20-9, 11-7) remains firmly in the NCAA Tournament field after splitting a week of brutal road trips to Michigan State and Purdue.
The best guess might be that Indiana right now is hovering between a No. 3 and No. 4 seed, likely leaning toward a No. 4 at this point.
With a minimum of three games remaining and a maximum of six, there is still a wide range of possibilities when it comes to where IU could land in the 2023 March Madness bracket. With IU now a lock to make the field somewhere, here are the hosts for the first and second rounds:
|16 and 18 March||First/second round||Birmingham, AL||Legacy Arena|
|16 and 18 March||First/second round||Des Moines, IA||Wells Fargo Arena|
|16 and 18 March||First/second round||Orlando, FL||Amway Center|
|16 and 18 March||First/second round||Sacramento, CA||Golden 1 Center|
|17 and 19 March||First/second round||Albany, NY||MVP Arena|
|17 and 19 March||First/second round||Columbus, OH||Nationwide arena|
|17 and 19 March||First/second round||Denver, CO||Ball Arena|
|17 and 19 March||First/second round||Greensboro, NC||Greensboro Coliseum|
Because bracketology is such an imprecise art, our preferred resource is aggregator Bracket Matrix, which compiles and averages 89 forecasts to produce something resembling a national consensus.
Through Sunday, Indiana’s average on the Bracket Matrix is a No. 4 seed. They appear in all 89 brackets. The current No. 13 seeds IU could face are Liberty, Southern Miss, Utah Valley and Toledo.
Among the 30 predictions on the Bracket Matrix updated through Sunday, Indiana is a No. 3 or No. 4 seed in each. They are a No. 3 seed in 10 of those brackets, and a No. 4 seed in the other 20.
Here’s where Indiana currently stands in the eyes of some of the better-known bracketologists:
- Bart Torvik – No. 3 seed (updated Monday)
- FOX’s Mike DeCourcy – No. 4 Seed (Updated Sunday Night)
- ESPN’s Joe Lunardi – No. 4 seed (updated Monday)
- CBS’ Jerry Palm – No. 4 seed (updated Monday)
- Indiana-based Delphi Bracketology – No. 4 seed (updated before win at Purdue)
The 2022–23 men’s basketball season marks the fifth season of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, which replaced the RPI prior to the 2018–19 campaign as the primary ranking tool for evaluating teams.
The NCAA Tournament Committee uses the NET to facilitate field selection. The Hoosiers are currently No. 18 according to NET. Last season’s No. 18 team LSU was the No. 6 seed in the field.
In its top-16 reveal a week ago, the NCAA Tournament Committee liked IU better than its own NET tool, placing the Hoosiers at No. 13 overall. IU has gone 2-1 since then, including the win at Purdue.
Using the quadrant system for NET, the quality of wins and losses is organized based on game placement and the opponent’s NET rating.
- Quadrant 1: Home 1-30, Neutral 1-50, Away 1-75
- Quadrant 2: Home 31-75, Neutral 51-100, Away 76-135
- Quadrant 3: Home 76-160, Neutral 101-200, Away 135-240
- Quadrant 4: Home 161-353, Neutral 201-353, Away 241-353
Here is Indiana’s current record this season by quadrant:
- Quadrant 1: 5-8
- Quadrant 2: 6-1
- Quadrant 3: 3-0
- Quadrant 4: 6-0
IU ends the regular season with two home games against familiar foes. Here is Indiana’s remaining schedule:
- vs. Iowa (Quadrant 2)
- vs. Michigan (quadrant 2)
You can always find links to the latest NET rankings and other national ranking sites and services here:
Rankings Page: Links to the top NCAA men’s basketball rankings services, including the NET
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