Indiana's rollercoaster season hits the most critical point early this afternoon when they lead off Day 2 of the Big Ten Tournament with a pivotal game against Ohio State. A four-game winning streak has put the Hoosiers squarely on the bubble, but they likely need at least one more good win to feel safe about their chances.
The latest update from bracketologists like ESPN's Joe Lunardi this morning still has IU out of the field:
Even with a win today, Indiana's at-large status may be tenuous. Saint Mary's stole a bid earlier this week by winning the WCC and mid-majors like Lipscomb and Belmont are going to get a long look after being defeated in their conference tournaments.
A third win over Michigan State would almost certainly lock up a bid, but IU needs to take care of business against reeling Ohio State first.