Wichita State recently won eight in a row, with a 6-1-1 ATS run, but got upset in the Missouri Valley Tournament. Indiana, meanwhile, has lost four of its last five games both SU and against the numbers, leading some to wonder whether the Hoosiers deserved an NCAA Tournament bid. So Indiana will battle both the Shockers and the critics when they open their Big Dance Friday afternoon in Omaha.
The Hoosiers finished in a tie for seventh place in the Big Ten at 9-9, then split two games in the conference tournament. That, combined with victories earlier this season over SMU and Butler, was apparently good enough for an at-large invitation to the Dance. Indiana can throw the ball in the hole at a pretty good rate, averaging 78 points per game this season, but is also rather generous in allowing opponents to do the same, giving up at least 72 points in four of its last five outings.