Indiana University Women Secure NCAA Tournament Spot; Men’s Team Misses Out on March Madness

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – FEBRUARY 11: Teammates celebrate after Mackenzie Holmes made history as the All-Time leading scorer for IU Women’s Basketball during an NCAA women’s basketball game against Purdue on February 11, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. The Hoosiers beat the Boilermakers 95-62.(Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana University men’s basketball team faced disappointment as they were left out of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, while the Indiana University women secured their spot, ESPN reported Sunday.

The IU women’s basketball team clinched the 4th seed in the tournament and is set to commence their journey in the big dance with two home games at Assembly Hall. They are scheduled to face Fairfield in their first match, a team boasting a 31-1 season record. Should IU emerge victorious, they will proceed to face the winner between fifth-seeded Oklahoma and twelfth-seeded Florida Gulf Coast.

Advancing to the second week in Albany, New York, may pit the IU women against the formidable number 1 seed, South Carolina.

On the other hand, the men’s team saw their season conclude after a defeat against Nebraska in the Big Ten tournament quarter-final. Kel’el Ware is anticipated to be a first-round NBA draft pick, while Mackenzie Mgbako is also garnering attention as an NBA draft prospect.

Indiana men’s coach Mike Woodson, a familiar face in Indiana basketball history, is now faced with the task of rebuilding the team. Despite Indiana’s last NCAA championship victory dating back to 1987, some impatient fans are already calling for Woodson’s firing, despite the challenges of bringing the team to the Final Four since 2002.

Indiana’s basketball legacy has weathered storms of scandal and disappointing performances over the years. From the tumultuous era under Kelvin Sampson to the coaching changes following lackluster performances, including the recent 10.35-million-dollar firing of Archie Miller in 2021.

Woodson, a former member of Bob Knight’s teams and an NBA coach with the New York Knicks arrived to lead the Hoosiers in a bid to revive the program. Under his leadership, Indiana secured a spot in the Big Ten Tournament, marking a return after a drought since 2016.

Despite the challenges, some fans, historically some of the toughest in college basketball, are not satisfied with the team’s progress and are calling for change.

BLOOMINGTON, UNITED STATES – 2021/11/27: Indiana basketball coach Mike Woodson coaches Indiana Hoosiers guard Xavier Johnson (0) during an NCAA basketball game against Marshall on November 27, 2021, in Bloomington, Ind. IU beat Marshall 90-79. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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