AN INDIANA-LESS NCAA MEN'S TOURNEY. The 65 men's teams that will play in the Big Dance were announced this evening. It looks like it could be an inspiring tourney. At least part of March Madness will pass thru Indy. This Thursday and Saturday the first and second rounds of one bracket will play at the RCA Dome. In a few weeks, the NCAA Women's Final Four will play there. But there is no joy in Mudville...mighty Indiana basketball has struck out.
FIRST TIME SINCE 1972. For the first time since 1972, the NCAA men's tourney will not include an Indiana college team. Not Indiana University, which won 10 Big Ten games. Not Purdue, in Coach Gene Keady's last year. Not Notre Dame, though it has defeated some of the top teams that made the tourney. Not Butler. Not IUPUI. Not Indiana State. Not Valparaiso. Not Evansville. This is quite a convergence of bad luck, or poor play. Whichever, this is hard to imagine in a state where basketball is king.