Thanks to a late-season surge, Indiana earned the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional in the NCAA Tournament announced Monday.
"We're excited to get in, I can tell you that," IU head coach Chris Lemonis said. "A month ago, I wasn't too sure. But we're excited to be playing in the postseason, and it's a new season."
The Hoosiers, winners of 10 of their last 13 games, will face No. 2 seed Radford Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern time in the first round. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3. It's the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Monday’s announcement marked the third consecutive year IU has made the NCAA Tournament. It’s also the first at-large tournament bid in program history and first postseason bid under Lemonis.
On a broader scale, Indiana was one of a conference-record five Big Ten teams to make the tournament. Lemonis said he thinks it's one of the biggest stories of the tournament.
"I just think our league is making big jumps right now," he said. "That's going to be big for the future of our league too, because the best players in the area realize they don't have to go anywhere else. There's great schools all across the Midwest."
Defending champion Vanderbilt, the top seed and regional host, will face No. 4 seed Lipscomb to round out the Nashville Regional.
"I like going to Vanderbilt because it's close," Lemonis said. "Our fans can make it, our families can make it. Vanderbilt's always a tough opponent - I've played down there in Regionals and Super Regionals before. It's an exciting time for our kids."