UDDATE: Times have been announced for second round games, and Indiana will play Wichita State at 2:45 p.m. ET on Friday afternoon.
Some "experts" had Indiana out of the NCAA Tournament in the hours leading up to Sunday night's Selection show. As it turns out, the Hoosiers weren't even on the bubble.
The Hoosiers (20-13) are a No. 10 seed in the Midwest region and will play 7-seeded Wichita State on Friday in Omaha, Neb. That's the good news. Here's the bad news: Wichita State is one of the best No. 7 seeds ever.
The Shockers are 28-4, and they were a No. 1 seed a year ago. If you remember, they lost to Kentucky in a thrilling round of 32 game,
“We have a lot of respect for Wichita State,” Indiana coach Tom Crean told the Big Ten Network. “They’re a great program with a tremendous coach and coaching staff there with Gregg (Marshall) and his staff, so we know what they’re capable of, we know how good they are, we know what they’ve done and now we’ll start learning them a lot heavier and a lot deeper.”
Wichita State is led by junior guard Ron Baker, who is averaging 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Fred VanVleet was also a significant contributor on last year's team, and he is back and averaging 12.7 points, 5.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. VanVleet is also a junior.
Two of Wichita State's four losses came on the road (Utah, Northern Iowa), and the other two came at neutral sites (George Washington, Illinois State). The Shockers likely got bumped down to a 7 seed because they were upset by Illinois State in their conference tournament.
Wichita State is ranked 14th by KenPom.com, ranking 20th in offensive efficiency (113.0) and 15th in defensive efficiency (92.9). Here's something that's interesting: The Shockers play at the nation's 298th fastest pace. Indiana would like to play much faster. The pace will be a big factor on Friday.
If Indiana gets past Wichita State, it would likely face a round of 32 matchup with two-seeded Kansas. The Hoosiers could see one of two Indiana schools in the Sweet 16, either 3-seed Notre Dame or 6-seed Butler, a team the Hoosiers have already beaten on a neutral floor. Oh, and there's this: Kentucky is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region.
One more interesting note: All five Indiana schools that made the tournament -- Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Notre Dame and Valparaiso -- are in the Midwest region.
You can watch Indiana coach Tom Crean break down Wichita State in the embedded video player below.