About six weeks ago, we examined Indiana basketball's prospects for earning the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament. At that time, it seemed simple, as commenter Allan Payne pointed out: "win all the rest of your games while the other top teams lose 2 or 3 or more."
Of course, nothing this season has been that cut and dried, so Hoosier fans have been sent on a bit of a roller coaster. A surprising road loss to Minnesota, an epic choke against Illinois, two ruthless humiliations of archrival Purdue—the Big Ten season has had a little bit of everything.
With a share of the regular-season conference title already in pocket, IU still has a lot to play for. Hosting Ohio State on Tuesday and visiting Michigan on Saturday are difficult tasks, and then comes the mine field known as the Big Ten tournament.
Every game is critical as the Hoosiers fight to secure the NCAA tournament's top overall seed, which should offer them a chance to play regional games up the road in Indianapolis. The problem there is that in this whirlwind season, many candidates have thrown their hats into the ring, trying to take that top seed for themselves.
Read on for a comparison of top teams' resumes to Indiana's, as well as their roads ahead. None of the candidates will have it easy.
All records going into games of March 4.
All rankings except Pomeroy and Sagarin courtesy of ESPN.com. All rankings include games as of March 3.