IUWBB: Minnesota loss clinches No. 4 seed for Hoosiers

Indiana will be the No. 4 seed and have a double bye in the Big Ten tournament this week after Minnesota lost its regular season finale at Maryland.

IU will begin Big Ten tournament play on March 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Game 1 will feature Maryland versus the winner of Michigan-Iowa. That game starts at noon, and IU’s game, against either Wisconsin, Northwestern or Minnesota, will start 25 minutes after the completion of Game 1.

IU (20-10, 12-6 Big Ten) put itself in position to earn a double bye via a win over Penn State on Saturday, but Minnesota still owned a tiebreaker with the Hoosiers. Minnesota’s 110-77 loss to the conference champion Terrapins, the No. 6 team in the country, put the Golden Gophers at 11-7 in conference play.

The double bye was highly coveted by head coach Teri Moren because of the rest of it could provide her team. IU has three players that average more than 30 minutes per game, including sophomore point guard Tyra Buss, who leads the conference in minutes played with 1,124.

Not only does the double bye give IU a jump in the conference tournament, but could allow the Hoosiers to rest up for an NCAA tournament appearance, which seems extremely likely given their top 4 finish in the Big Ten.