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     The Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team has gotten fans and sports analysts on their feet after defeating a high-powered Michigan State team in their last two meetings.

     The Hoosiers started out their season almost perfect winning 12 of their first 14 games and were in the top of the Big Ten Conference. They won their first three conference games and seven consecutive games until tides started turning. After the Big Ten match-up against the Illinois Illini, IU coach Archie Miller’s team lost their next 12 of 13 games to turn their NCAA tournament appearance to doubtful.  

     Sports analyst Joe Lunardi has the Hoosiers team currently on the “next four out” of the NCAA tournament set to start on Tuesday, March 19th. To get into the tournament, I feel that the Hoosiers will need to beat every non-ranked team and 75% of the ranked teams to have a hope for an appearance in the 2019-2020 NCAA tournament.

     Another automatic way the Hoosiers could make the tournament is if they capture and win the Big Ten tournament starting on Wednesday, March 13th. The Big Ten is filled with great talent and coaches including #7 ranked Michigan, #9 ranked Michigan State, #11 ranked Purdue, #21 ranked Wisconsin, and #24 ranked Maryland Terrapins.

     Although five of the fourteen Big Ten teams are currently ranked in the NCAA, the Hoosiers have shown they can compete and pull out a victory after defeating the #9 ranked Michigan State Spartans twice this season.

     If the Hoosiers play to their full potential, shooting at least 40% from three, 70% in the paint, and 80% from the free throw line, I feel that they can beat any team in the country. With projected lottery pick in the NBA draft, Romeo Langford running and controlling the tempo of their game, the Hoosiers shouldn’t have a huge loss in the tournament.

     Many fans are hoping for IU to win the Big Ten tournament for the 23rd time in program history. It could be the turning point in the entire season to help them reach the NCAA tournament and have a chance at the NCAA title on April 8th at the U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

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Proud to be a Hoosier?