Can Indiana Basketball make a Run in the Big Ten Tournament?

Penn State made a run as a tenth seed to the finals. Can Indiana make a similar run and win the Big Ten Tournament?

Indiana v Maryland
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The Big Ten regular season is officially over, and the it's time for everyone to focus on the postseason. Teams at the bottom know they have to win the tournament in order to receive an automatic bid to the tournament. For the teams at the top, they are focused on seeding and winning the tournament.

What about Indiana?

The Hoosiers were left meandering around the bottom of the Big Ten a month ago. After a four game winning streak, Indiana pulled to .500 in the conference (10-10) and 18-13 overall. The Hoosiers ended the season with a 93 NET ranking. They were 3-8 against Quad One teams and 5-4 versus Quad Two.

The biggest issue with their Quad One losses is they were not competitive. Except for Kansas and Illinois, every loss has been by double digits. Suffice it to say Indiana likely has to win the tournament. How does the rest of the tournament look?

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It's Tournament Time

The Big Ten Tournament begins March 13th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tournament opens with the four lowest seeds playing. Game one pits 12th seed Maryland against 13th seed Rutgers. Game two 11th seed Penn State plays 14th seed Michigan.

While Indiana did not receive the double-bye as a top-four seed, they don't play until Thursday night. Here are the games for Thursday and how you can watch them:

  • Game 3: No. 8 Michigan State vs. No. 9 Minnesota | Noon | Big Ten Network
  • Game 4: No. 5 Wisconsin vs. Game 1 winner | 25 minutes after Game 3 | Big Ten Network
  • Game 5: No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Ohio State | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
  • Game 6: No. 6 Indiana vs. Game 2 winner | 25 minutes after Game 5 | Big Ten Network

Here is how the rest of the bracket looks:

Friday, March 15 | Quarterfinals

  • Game 7: No. 1 Purdue vs. Game 3 winner | Noon | Big Ten Network
  • Game 8: No. 4 Northwestern vs. Game 4 winner | 25 minutes after Game 7 | Big Ten Network
  • Game 9: No. 2 Illinois vs. Game 5 winner | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
  • Game 10: No. 3 Nebraska vs. Game 6 winner | 25 minutes after Game 9 | Big Ten Network

Saturday, March 16 | Semifinals

  • Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner | 1 p.m. | CBS
  • Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner | 25 minutes after Game 11 | CBS

Sunday, March 17 | Championship

  • Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner | 3:30 p.m. | CBS