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Can Will Sheehey lead the Hoosiers to a 4-0 record to end the regular season?
As it currently stands, Indiana's NCAA tournament hopes don't have a pulse. At 15-12 (5-9), they are definitely on the outside looking in, according to ESPN NCAA tournament expert Joe Lunardi. The Hoosiers aren't even one of his 12 bubble teams.
There is, however, a hint of optimism. Out of Indiana's four remaining games, three are at home. The Hoosiers knocked off Wisconsin and Michigan when they came to town, so is it really that unreasonable to think they can't beat Iowa, Ohio State and Nebraska in Bloomington?
Indiana ends its regular season at Michigan. IU beat the Wolverines earlier this season, but playing them at the Crisler Center will be a different story. It will be a tough test, but IU has shown flashes of brilliance on the road—it just hasn't been able to string two solid halves together.
So, humor me and let's say the Hoosiers win all four. Their record would be 19-12 (9-9) heading into the Big Ten tourney. A couple of wins there and a case for Indiana to be in the NCAA tournament could be made. Finishing with more than 20 wins and going .500 in the nation's best/most competitive conference should at least put Indiana on the bubble.
Considering the way IU has played this year, the above assessment is definitely an unrealistic one, but no outcome is set in stone. There is a reason why the games are played, and the Hoosiers have home-court advantage on their side to end the season.
If the Big Ten season has shown us anything, it's that any team can be beaten on any given night. The Hoosiers are hoping this trend holds true in its last four games.