Indiana’s women’s basketball team has talked about being ahead of schedule in the second year of the Curt Miller era.
Another reminder came Monday.
Over at ESPN.com, women’s basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme has Indiana slated as a No. 12 seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament. Creme has the Hoosiers, one of the last four teams in the field, facing No. 5 California in Lexington, Ky.
“The Hoosiers sneak back into the field but have a daunting week with Penn State and Nebraska on tap,” Creme writes.
According to RealTimeRPI.com, Indiana sits at No. 37 in the RPI and is one of eight Big Ten programs in the top 50. On his weekly radio show Monday, Miller said that four wins in the final six games likely secures an NCAA Tournament bid and 3-3 puts the team on the bubble. He went on to say that the Hoosiers are likely a win or two away from at least wrapping up a WNIT bid.
It all puts an added emphasis on Thursday’s game against No. 11 Penn State at Assembly Hall.
“Certainly, on Feb. 10, it’s really, really fun to even be talking about this subject,” Miller said on his radio show. “But I’m trying to preach to our team that it’s still about the process and (going) game by game.”
Indiana is 1-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and hasn’t appeared in the big dance since losing to TCU, 55-45, in the first round of the 2002 event.