NCAA Tournament March Madness

#33 Indiana St

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Projected seed: 12 (automatic qualifier)

Indiana State has stitched together an impressive tapestry of victories, most notable among them their triumphs over Bradley and a double-takedown of Drake, a team that's been turning heads this season. The Sycamores have demonstrated a high-octane offense that can light up the scoreboard, though the flip side reveals some defensive leaks that have hurt them in shootouts with Alabama and Michigan State, two benchmark games that exposed defensive frailties. They've dominated the lower-tier competitors in their conference, which is par for the course for a team seeking a favorable bracket position. The victory over Drake at home polished their resume further, but the late-season hiccup against Illinois State was an unwelcome blotch. With the regular season wrapping up and conference tournaments ahead, there's a window of opportunity to solidify their standing with strong, decisive wins, especially in rematches against high-caliber conference rivals. Thriving in the pressure cooker of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament will be the final crucible for Indiana State to either cement their case or leave doubt lingering around how their style of play will translate to the Big Dance.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/10@Alabama11L102-80
11/14IUPUI361W96-57
11/21(N)Rice247W103-88
11/22(N)Pepperdine240W90-82
11/24(N)Toledo139W76-74
11/28S Illinois110W77-48
12/2@Bradley76W85-77
12/5@N Illinois301W90-67
12/9Southern Indiana335W98-54
12/16(N)Ball St267W83-72
12/19Tennessee St282W90-69
12/30@Michigan St25L87-75
1/3Evansville178W87-73
1/7@Northern Iowa106W77-66
1/10@Drake39L89-78
1/13Belmont117W94-64
1/16Missouri St138W88-66
1/21@Murray St150W72-63
1/24@IL Chicago187W89-83
1/27Bradley76W95-86
1/31@Belmont117W78-72
2/3Drake39W75-67
2/7Valparaiso284W101-61
2/10@Missouri St138W73-71
2/13Illinois St163L80-67
2/17@S Illinois110L74-69
2/21@Valparaiso284W83-64
2/24IL Chicago187W88-73
2/28@Evansville178W85-67
3/3Murray St15086%