The Hoosiers have won more national championships then they’ve been a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. For just the third time in the storied history of Indiana basketball the Hoosiers earned one of the four top seeds in the big dance. IU is the #1 seed in the East Region and will play the winner of the LIU Brooklyn/James Madison game in Dayton on Friday at 4 p.m.
“It’s been a long time, long hard process to get a program back that is considered one of the best in the country. But, now to have the team and have this program back there and have that seeding behind it is fantastic,” said Head Coach Tom Crean.
The Hoosiers dropped to the third #1 seed which means their path to the Final 4 will not go through Indianapolis. The circle city is the regional host for the Midwest and with Louisville earning the #1 overall seed the Cardinals where placed on that side of the bracket.
“We’re happy with where we are at, we have no control over certain things and we are defiantly honored for the opportunity to just be a one seed,” added senior guard Jordan Hulls.
Indiana will not be in close proximity if they make it to the Sweet 16 but for the second and third rounds the Hoosiers aren’t far from home. Assembly Hall is 169 miles away from UD Arena.
“It will be more of a home atmosphere I think compared to playing in Oregon last year so it should be fun for us,” said Sophomore center Cody Zeller.
Indiana will find out on Wednesday exactly who they will play in the second round, LIU Brookyln and James Madison square off in Dayton at 6:40 p.m.