Indiana’s No. 1 seed not in Midwest Region
By Andy Proffet Post-Tribune correspondent March 17, 2013 9:04PM
Updated: March 29, 2013 4:02PM
BLOOMINGTON — Indiana was locked in as a No. 1 seed before Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
The loss, though, prevented the Hoosiers from taking the local route in their bid for the school’s sixth national championship.
Louisville grabbed the No. 1 overall seed when the NCAA Tournament draw was announced Sunday night, keeping the Cardinals in the Midwest Regional and a date in Indianapolis for the second weekend of the tournament.
The Hoosiers (27-6), as expected, will spend the first weekend in Dayton, Ohio. But instead of playing in Indianapolis in the second weekend, IU will play in Washington, D.C., as the No. 1 seed in the East Regional — barring any major upsets along the way, of course.
It’s the third No. 1 seed all-time for the Hoosiers, after earning a top spot in 1987 and 1993. The ’87 team was IU’s last national champion, while the ’93 Hoosiers reached the Elite Eight.
“You think about where we were 24 months ago, being four, five wins away from even being eligible for the NIT, and to be where we are right now with a No. 1 seed is an amazing accomplishment,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said.
Last year, when the Hoosiers earned a tournament berth for the first time since 2008, the players had TV cameras and media surrounding them for the selection show. The Hoosiers watched the show in private this year, and to a man they talked of getting back to work.
“It was fun seeing where we’ll go, where we’ll play,” Cody Zeller said. “We can get back to work now.”
Work begins with preparing for an unknown opponent. IU will face either James Madison or LIU Brooklyn; those teams meet Wednesday night in Dayton for the right to face the Hoosiers. Crean noted that the Hoosiers have plenty of work to do on themselves before the tournament, but refused to get into specifics.
“The days of talking this time of year about anything schematically … those days are done,” he said.
Victor Oladipo was more forthcoming.
“Little things, like communication, just keeping our edge,” he said. “We made a lot of runs last game (against Wisconsin), just couldn’t seem to get over the hump. A lot of little mistakes that caused that. We’re going to correct them and get ready for Friday.”
Crean said the Hoosiers will be looking at film of four opponents by tonight. Unless the Hoosiers become the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed on Friday, IU will face either North Carolina State or Temple on Sunday.
“They’ll have an idea of what those players look like before that game is played Wednesday night,” Crean said.