IU women projected as a 12 seed in NCAA Tournament


Indiana’s women’s basketball team has talked about being ahead of schedule in the second year of the Curt Miller era.

Another reminder came Monday.

Over at ESPN.com, women’s basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme has Indiana slated as a No. 12 seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament. Creme has the Hoosiers, one of the last four teams in the field, facing No. 5 California in Lexington, Ky.

“The Hoosiers sneak back into the field but have a daunting week with Penn State and Nebraska on tap,” Creme writes.

According to RealTimeRPI.com, Indiana sits at No. 37 in the RPI and is one of eight Big Ten programs in the top 50. On his weekly radio show Monday, Miller said that four wins in the final six games likely secures an NCAA Tournament bid and 3-3 puts the team on the bubble. He went on to say that the Hoosiers are likely a win or two away from at least wrapping up a WNIT bid.

It all puts an added emphasis on Thursday’s game against No. 11 Penn State at Assembly Hall.

“Certainly, on Feb. 10, it’s really, really fun to even be talking about this subject,” Miller said on his radio show. “But I’m trying to preach to our team that it’s still about the process and (going) game by game.”

Indiana is 1-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and hasn’t appeared in the big dance since losing to TCU, 55-45, in the first round of the 2002 event.

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4 comments:

  • BeatPurdue says:

    WOW! That would be awesome!

  • Nat Hill IV says:

    The last time I checked, any team from a decent conference with a winning record was pretty well guaranteed an NIT invitation.
    I’m happy either way, NIT or NCAA.
    A few wins in the NIT wouldn’t be all bad.
    Well done, ladies!

  • MikeC says:

    It is mind boggling that this kind of conversation is taking place when you consider where this program was 2 years ago. In coach Jack’s last year we won 6 games. When coach Miller was hired, those who knew who he was knew that this would eventually come about but, for this type of discussion to be taking place in such a short period of time is awesome! Coach Miller and his staff are truly incredible! Last year the team was improved over the year before but had limited talent. This year’s terrific recruiting class has dramatically changed the expectations of this program. Watching this team play is truly a joy! This team should surly make the WNIT and with some help could sneak into the Big Dance? That would truly be awesome! Their upcoming schedule is truly difficult to say the least. We need a huge enthusiastic crowd Thursday night against Penn St. Go Hoosiers!

  • Dave says:

    AND lately, he has been doing this with a starting five that has FOUR freshmen playing – pretty impressive.

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