We're mere hours away from final grades being posted.
Indiana's regular season has wrapped up and it is currently being measured against the profiles of (roughly) 80 other teams to see where it fits into the 68-team free-for-all that starts in a couple of days in Dayton, Ohio.
Let's look at the numbers:
Indiana Hoosiers 25-7, 15-3
Big Ten Regular Season Champions
Good Wins: Notre Dame (n), Iowa, Purdue, at Iowa, Maryland
Bad Losses: Wake Forest (n), UNLV (n), at Penn State
vs. RPI Top 50: 6-3
vs. KenPom Top 50: 7-3
Bracket Matrix Average Seed Number: 3.73 (last 3 seed on the Matrix)
Indiana may be one of the most difficult teams to evaluate outside of the absolute mess that is currently the tournament bubble. They're still wearing the disastrous Maui Invitational and failed to win a game in their conference tournament but have five great wins in between the two. They also posses a very favorable record against teams in the field and in the top 50 of both KenPom and RPI.
But mucking up the evaluation is Indiana's identity change that occurred right before the new year, when James Blackmon Jr. was lost for the season, opening up playing time for a couple of talented freshman (OG Anunoby and Juwan Morgan) that led to a defensive resurgence for the Hoosiers. While the offense suffered without Blackmon for six weeks or so, it has almost completely recovered and the end result is a more balanced squad that can win games in a multitude of different ways. James Blackmon Jr.'s absence, however, began to hurt even more when Robert Johnson went down against Purdue and hasn't played a minute since. Indiana went 3-1 down the stretch despite being down to two scholarship guards. JBJ will not be back in the NCAA Tournament, but it appears that Robert Johnson will be. Does the committee give the Hoosiers a little leeway for a last-second loss to a desperate Michigan team because of that?