Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Saturday, March 10

IU Looking At Middle Seed

So now that Indiana’s Big Ten tourney is over, it’s time to focus on what’s really important -- the NCAA Tournament.

That means trying to guess what the seed the Hoosiers will get. We could also try to guess the site, but that’s too complicated. IU didn’t play well enough to merit the kind of seed that would guarantee a nearby site.

CBS Sportsline projects the Hoosiers as a No. 9 seed. It puts Purdue at No. 10.

A No. 9 seed would mean a first-round matchup with a No. 8 seed. In this case, Sportsline lists Arizona, Villanova, Duke and Butler in that category. puts IU as a No. 10 seed and projects a matchup with Marquette in Winston-Salem.

Of course, all this is just speculation. There’s no way they know what’s going to happen unless they have a secret source in the NCAA Selection Committee, and they don’t. In fact, the Selection Committee hasn’t finalized everything because there are still conference tourney games to finish and, more than likely, upsets to occur that will mess up even the best-intentioned plans.

In the meantime, consider this -- with a few breaks, IU could make the Sweet 16. That would mean NOT being a No. 8 or No. 9 seed because that would mean playing a No. 1 seed in the second round. Anyway, we’ll know soon enough.


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