IU women earn 4 seed in top-16 reveal

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee revealed its top-16 seeds for the NCAA Tournament on Monday night, and, as expected, Indiana was in the mix.

The reveal — a snapshot of what the tournament seeds would look like if the season ended right now — placed the Hoosiers as a No. 4 seed and the No. 15 team overall.

That placement was very much in line with where IU has stood in the polls this season. The Hoosiers, currently No. 14, have been ranked all 13 weeks this season, reaching as high as No. 13 and as low as No. 20 with an average ranking of 16th.

Three Indiana opponents also made an appearance in the reveal, with Maryland checking at No. 7, Tennessee No. 13 and Kentucky No. 16. Those account for three of IU’s four losses this season, which is likely a contributing factor to the Hoosiers not being placed higher. Indiana will have a chance to improve on that with a game Wednesday against AP No. 11 Michigan, which was on the outside looking in of the top-16 reveal, as well as a trip to Columbus to face AP No. 15 Ohio State on Feb. 27.

The polls and the reveal both placed Indiana a little lower than the metrics, as the Hoosiers come in at No. 9 in the NCAA’s NET rankings. Michigan is 12th and Ohio State 18th in the NET.

The four No. 1 seeds on Monday were Connecticut, South Carolina, Stanford and Louisville.

Indiana was the 4 seed in Stanford’s region, which could make for a Sweet 16 showdown between the Hoosiers and IU alum Tara VanDerveer, the legendary Cardinal coach. The other two teams in the region were No. 2 North Carolina State, the alma mater of IU assistant coach Ashley Williams, and No. 3 Georgia.

The Terrapins were the No. 2 seed in Region 2, where South Carolina is No. 1 with UCLA and West Virginia third and fourth. The winners of Region 2 and 3 play each other in the Final Four.

In Region 1, Connecticut is the No. 1 overall seed with Arizona, home of former Hoosier Bendu Yeaney, No. 2, followed by Baylor and Tennessee.

Lastly, Region 4 has some local flavor with Louisville No. 1 and Kentucky No. 4. Texas A&M and Oregon fill the 2-3 slots.

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament will be played in San Antonio, Texas, and the surrounding region from March 21-April 4, similar to the men’s tournament setup in Indianapolis.

*Picture courtesy Illinois athletics

6 comments

  1. Yes we are or can be good, but may not have been in the top 16 if Ohio State didnt have their internal issues.

  2. IU Ladies February 18 they 27 is a big turning point for better or worse regular season. Then, see where tournament games go. And Illinois game is a worse…or hitting a peak stride would be better.

  3. Mich. held serve today against state today lets see how they do in the championship on the 18th.

  4. Maybe , maybe not. In IU’s 4 losses none by more than 8 and 2 by only 4 pts. KY lost to Texas A&M by 15 and Tenn. lost to KY by 17. Seems to be more about matchups.

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