March 17th, 2014 at 1:52 AM ^

Listen, Coach Beilein agrees that this is real. People who deny this are just stupid or reality-denying. Or both. Although this season was a fantastic departure from the Big Ten madness of the past. Best reffed season I can remember in the conference and it isn't even close. 

Today was a weird reversion. 

Mr. Yost

March 16th, 2014 at 11:24 PM ^

Isn't it the same for football?

Ohio had the better regular season, but Sparty won the Rose Bowl and got all of the glory.

Wasn't it 2 years ago when a 5-loss Wisconsin was in the Rose Bowl? They didn't win...but if they did, it would be better than Nebraska who had the better regular season.

Your logic is flawed.


March 17th, 2014 at 5:57 AM ^

Both of those things happened because of conference championship games, the football equivalent of the BTT. And a playoff will be an extension of a conference championship game, rewarding the winner of a game or small number of games while devaluing the regular season...Also, Wisconsin only went to the conference championship game because OSU (and IIRC PSU) were barred from appearing. That situation was very unusual.

814 East U

March 16th, 2014 at 9:11 PM ^

Every single ESPN guy made a case for Virginia deserving the #1 seed and yet none of them picked UVA. I know I know (matchups, matchups, matchups)...but doesn't UVA play similar to Staee?


March 16th, 2014 at 9:20 PM ^

Well, the sad thing is the the CBI home page does not yet have a schedule up and the tournament begins on Tuesday, I believe. Tom Crean does not have much time to convince them that Indiana is the team that could very well upset the Santa Claras and Oregon States of the world. A midrange seed is all he requests, I am sure. 


March 16th, 2014 at 9:23 PM ^

Are we sure they weren't selected? Is it possible they declined an offer to go? From the teams in the NIT it seems pretty likely that Indiana would've been like a 4 seed minimum.


March 16th, 2014 at 9:25 PM ^

Wow. Indiana lost Oladipo and Zeller, we lost Burke and Hardaway (and McGary), but look at the difference between the two seasons this year. Wow! I love Coach B.


March 16th, 2014 at 10:12 PM ^



  KenPom Team Conf W-L
1 43 Maryland ACC 17-15
2 62 Marquette BE 17-15
3 72 Miami YTM ACC 17-16
4 74 Indiana B1G 17-15
5 79 St Mary's WCC 22-11
6 80 Boise St MWC 21-13
7 82 Penn St B1G 15-17
8 83 Middle Tenn CUSA 24-9
9 84 Texas Tech B12 14-18
10 85 Cleveland St Horz 21-11


To be fair, the NIT doesn't seem to like taking a 3rd team from a power conference with a 17-15 record.



March 16th, 2014 at 10:29 PM ^

Just saw this on the Illinois Scout board (Yes I hangout over there). Why the heck would you decline an invitation to ANY postseason tournament? Indiana could use the extra games and practice. Weird move.


March 16th, 2014 at 11:17 PM ^

to attract recruits.

It's a tournament whose original intention was to reward smaller schools that were successful at their own level.

"The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) provides a meaningful opportunity for teams that deserve a postseason experience."

IME, it's morphing into a leftover tournament of schools without a brand to protect.
Of the Top 10 KenPom teams left out of The Dance listed above, only Penn St accepted an invitation to the CBI.