Bubble Banter: Indiana is closer to the cut line than you may realize

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Indiana (RPI: 76, KenPom: 42, No. 10 seed): The Hoosiers missed out on a chance to land a big win on Saturday, losing at Wisconsin. Indiana is going to be one of the most fascinating teams on the bubble on Selection Sunday considering the wins they have and the injuries that they’ve suffered. The Hoosiers have wins over North Carolina and Kansas, but those wins came with O.G. Anunoby; he’s out for the year with a knee injury.

The Hoosiers are also currently playing without James Blackmon Jr., who’s dealing with a knee injury of his own. What that means is that the committee is going to have a helluva time trying to determine just how good the Indiana team that we see on Selection Sunday is. And here’s the most complicated part: Indiana’s RPI is horrible, and they have a nightmare schedule the rest of the way. Four of their last five games are on the road, and they still have to play arch rival Purdue twice.

Clemson (RPI: 45, KenPom: 31, No. 11 seed): The Tigers got worked on the road by Florida State, a loss that is only really a negative in the sense that it’s a missed opportunity. It may even be a win, because the RPI doesn’t value margin of victory meaning the selection committee doesn’t value margin of victory. Clemson lost by 48 points.


Colorado at Cal (RPI: 43, KenPom: 56, play-in game), 4:30 p.m.