Indiana University concludes its 119th season of competition in men’s basketball with its sixth berth to the postseason National Invitation Tournament, which was established in 1938. The Hoosiers are a #1 seed and will take on #5 seed Arkansas, a team which beat the Hoosiers, 73-72 in Bud Walton Arena. IU defeated #8 St. Francis, 89-72, on Tuesday night, while the Razorbacks defeated #4 Providence on the road, 84-72, Tuesday. The winner of this game will face the winner of the game between #2 seed Clemson, which is hosting #6 seed Wichita State on Sunday afternoon. That game will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday. This will be the Razorbacks second trip to Bloomington. IU won the first meeting, 75-70, in December 1949.
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his second season of guiding the Cream and Crimson. He has a 34-30 record since taking over the Hoosiers. He is 173-93 in 7-plus years as a head coach, which includes 6 years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. Mike Anderson is in his 8th year of coaching the Razorbacks.
NEWS & NOTES
Mason Jones made a free throw with 2.5 seconds left to give the Razorbacks the 1-point win earlier this season against Indiana. Arkansas led by as many as 10 (48-38) on a three-pointer by Isiah Joe with 15:06 to go. IU took a 54-53 lead with 10:52 left on a layup by senior Juwan Morgan. Morgan finished with 15 points, all in the second half, after sitting out the final 17 minutes of the first half with 2 fouls. Arkansas led 63-58 with 7:09 to go, but freshman Rob Phinisee drained a game-tying triple with 46.1 seconds to go to make it 72-72. The Hoosiers got the defensive stop before Phinisee missed a layup with 6 seconds left and DeRon Davis’ uncontested tip missed. Davis was then called for a foul going for the loose ball on the rebound, setting up Jones’ game-winning charity toss. Arkansas is scheduled to play in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall during the 2019-20 season. The Hoosiers began the year winning 12 of 14 games, including triumphs over Marquette and Louisville. IU then last 12 of its next 13, with the lone win coming at Michigan State. Indiana concluded the regular season by winning its last four games, including games against Wisconsin and Michigan State.
Why IU IS A 1 SEED IN THE NIT
Indiana was one of the last four out of the NCAA Tournament according to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee. IU had six Quadrant 1 wins and no losses in Quadrant 3 or 4. Indiana was rated 54th in the last NET. Six teams ranked below IU in the NET earned at-large bids. IU played the 13th toughest schedule in the country according to KenPom.com prior to the postseason. Indiana (Michigan State) and Michigan State (Michigan) were the only teams in the country to sweep multi-game series against a top-10 rated team in the country this season.