Why IU is a serious tournament contender

Indiana University is one of the biggest surprises in the college basketball season.

Riding on the success of their esteemed backcourt of senior Yogi Ferrell, freshman James Blackmon Jr. and freshman Robert Johnson they have led the Big Ten in three point percentage, and three pointers made. Leading the team in scoring is breakout forward sophomore Troy Williams, which if he continues on the path of development that he is on he could pull a Victor Oladipo and become one of the best forwards in the country.

I believe that IU will make the tourney with its 18-8 record The Hoosiers hold with big wins over #13 Maryland, also a two-point loss at No. 19 Maryland that was one shot away from win, a win over No. 22 Ohio State, a win over No. 23 Butler in the Crossroad Classic, also they beat No. 20 SMU in the preseason. These credentials along with stellar performances against top teams No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 4 Louisville should be able to get IU into the tournament.

With games against huge in state rival Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State, Rutgers, and Iowa IU should have an easy route to get to the maximum possible win tally of 23-8. The biggest issue the Hoosiers face the rest of the way will most likely be the home game against Michigan State who thumped IU 70-50 earlier this year.

Along with the game versus Michigan State they will also take on another possible tournament team in Iowa at home, The Hoosiers have not played the Hawkeyes yet but they get the advantage of playing in Assembly hall.

If the Hoosiers finish at least above 20 wins there should be no issue with them making the tournament. ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has The Hoosiers predicted to be the seventh seed in the eastern region.

For the Hoosiers having the legacy they do, it will help their cause for a tournament spot. But I think at this point the credentials of their season will outweigh the name and legacy of Indiana University.