Bracket Projection: Indiana
The Hoosiers have the talent and production needed to win it all
- Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY SportsVictor Oladipo is a key contributor on both ends of the floor for Indiana.
The Indiana Hoosiers, a high-octane team averaging more than 80 PPG, enter the Big Dance as one of the favorites to win the whole ball of wax. If the Hoosiers end up cutting down the nets, it would not only satisfy IU's rabid fan base, but it would also complete another branch on a distinguished family tree. In February, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers squared off in the "Harbaugh Bowl," and their brother-in-law, Indiana coach Tom Crean, could make a national title run. What has to go right for the Hoosiers to win it all, and what potential issues could keep them from reaching Atlanta?
ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.
The Hoosiers seemingly have a very good draw, but they could regret missing out on the Midwest region as this tourney plays out. I didn't see anyone beating IU in Indianapolis, but the Verizon Center in D.C. is a different story. Tom Crean is wound so tight, what happens if the Hoosiers have an off shooting night against the Syracuse zone? You heard it here first.
Best wins: Georgetown (in Brooklyn), Michigan State (twice), Michigan (twice), at Ohio State
Worst losses: Butler (OT), Wisconsin, at Illinois, at Minnesota
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