With the brackets set for the 2013 NCAA tournament, college basketball’s best teams have their eyes on the Final Four. Some, however, will have a much tougher time getting there than others. In March Madness, facing the right opponents can make just as much of a difference as having the right players on your own team.
One favorite in this year’s field of 68 that’s facing some very favorable matchups is Indiana. Although the Hoosiers didn’t land the No. 1 overall seed, their top spot in the East regional won’t force them to face many of the grinding, physical defenses that tripped them up in Big Ten play.
Even IU won’t have an easy time in what’s sure to be an upset-laden tournament, but their path is certainly more encouraging than most. Herein, a closer look at Tom Crean’s squad and nine more teams with comparatively light opposition between them and the Final Four.