BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Indiana men's basketball team heads into the 2013 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed in East Region and will face the winner of LIU Brooklyn (20-13)/James Madison (20-14) on Friday, March 22 in Dayton, Ohio, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Friday's game is scheduled for approximately 4:10 p.m. ET and will air live on TBS and the IU Radio Network.
The Hoosiers (27-6) are 9-1 all-time as a No. 1 seed and have been a No. 1 seed twice - 1987 (NCAA Champions) and 1993 (lost in Elite Eight). Indiana leads the all-time series vs. James Madison, 1-0 (Dec. 11, 1987 - IU 84, James Madison 52 - Bloomington). The Hoosiers have never faced LIU Brooklyn.
James Madison will face LIU Brooklyn in the First Four on Wednesday, March 20 at UD Arena in Dayton on TRU TV. Time is to be determined.
This marks Indiana's 37th trip to the NCAA Tournament with an all-time record of 62-31 after reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 2012. The Hoosiers are five-time National Champions with titles in 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981 and 1987.
Head Coach Tom Crean "Another major accomplishment, when you think about the fact that Indiana has only three times been a number one seed, in the history of the NCAA tournament's seeding process. To think about where we were 24 months ago, being four or five wins away from even being eligible for the NIT, and to be where we are now with a number one seed is an amazing, amazing accomplishment, for all of the people in this program. The work that so many people have done to help make it happen, day by day. But most importantly the work that the players have done and are doing. That is where I try to keep it in perspective just for a few minutes before get to work, which we have already started up there. It has been a long time and a long, hard process to get a program back to considered among the best in the country. The program has been considered for decades as one of the best in the country, but now to have a team and have this program back there with that seeding behind it is fantastic.
"Now we go back to work. The players will continue to rest up and get ready to go. I'm sure they'll be diving into films. They'll enjoy their night, which I want them to do, and like anything else they've done since they've been here, they go in head first at getting better. We're looking forward to being in Dayton, where there are so many opportunities for Hoosier fans to be there from throughout the Midwest. Really, probably throughout the country, but especially throughout the Midwest.
"As far as, James Madison and LIU Brooklyn go, I haven't gotten into the tape yet, but they appear to be two contrasting styles. I do know enough about both of them to know that Coach Brady and Coach Perri are both excellent, excellent coaches. No question about it. They are fundamental, and they've won in their leagues. They've won consecutive games and gone on big runs in their leagues. One team, in James Madison, is averaging in the 60's, and LIU Brooklyn is averaging, I think, 79 points a game. James Madison is certainly one of the older teams that we will have faced, and I'm not sure where they stack up in the NCAA tournament as far as older teams, but there are quite a few fifth-year seniors on that team. The balance of both teams, just studying their numbers a little bit, goes to show that they've got a lot of different guys at different positions that can make plays. So we're looking forward to that, and our whole goal this week is to be as good as we can be going to Dayton, win in Dayton and take it from there."
On the team's seeding: "I think the fact that we're a number one seed speaks for itself. There are only four of them, and we're one of them. I think that is a big deal. The thing I like about Dayton is there is a great proximity, and we'll get a little bit more time in school than we might have gotten. Going back to school this week, we certainly can use that. It is like anything else. There are a lot of different roads and paths that you have to go through to get to your destination and your goals. This is just one of them. This team has done a very good job with that, constantly and consistently. I think when you win in this league, and you come back the way that they have over the last couple of years. The storylines keep changing. `They couldn't win on the road.' Well we did, we went 7-2 this year. All of those things, it is one thing after another, they keep taking care of it. I think the bottom line is, that happens because they really stay humble as to what they've got to get better at, and then they go out and get better at it. I think that is what our key is right now, and nothing more than that."
On the difference from watching his team watch last year's Selection Show: "They were much looser. They were much more engaged and not concerned about cameras being in front of them and reactions. They had fun with it. There wasn't a crazy jump around situation, but they took it all in and they had fun with every pairing. I think it was great because we didn't come up first like we did a year ago, in the first segment."
On waiting to find out an opponent after having a bye in the Big Ten tournament: "I think the bottom line is last week we were able to spend time on things that we really needed to improve upon. It was certainly going to help us last week, but it is going to help us over time. I think the bottom line is you are self-scouting your team as much as possible. I think it will change a little bit this week because you won't have the familiarity that you have with the Big Ten teams. It still goes back to the same things. It comes down to how you're playing, what you're doing, what you're trying to capitalize on. There are certain things that we definitely need to work on this week, and that has been the focus today and last night, as coaches as we have prepared to get back to work with these guys, and that is what will remain."
On playing someone outside the Big Ten: "I think it is a whole new season, it truly is, it is a new energy level. The league is hard, it is a great league. The trick is, can you keep getting better. It's not like all of a sudden the things we didn't do well yesterday will totally be magically back to where they need to be and it's not like the things we did do well over the last couple days will just be there if we don't keep getting better at it. But the whole energy level of going to play against somebody different in a different environment in a tournament like this, the unknown is a great force multiplier. There's no question about it and I think they'll feel that."
On scouting the two teams that play in the play-in game on Wednesday: "We will know those teams before that game is played. They are smart guys. We won't dive into one and not the other. We find some of the commonalities. I don't have an answer for that yet because I haven't watched it. We need to go with our improvement like we did with Illinois and Minnesota. We'll definitely show them film. They'll have an idea of what those players look like before they play on Wednesday night. At the same time, the bigger focus is our team."
On the familiarity of going through the NCAA Tournament: "Remember, we play Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, we play Hanner Mosquera-Perea, we play Jeremy Hollowell, those guys haven't been through it yet. You want it to be fresh, I want it to be exciting for these guys, I really do, they have earned it. They've done everything that has been asked of them and more. They are held to an incredibly high standard because of the way the season started, individually and collectively, and that will only benefit them down the road. But right now, they've earned it and I don't think anybody is running around, taking a deep breath and doing cartwheels over anything. I think there is a business approach and business mindset to them, but I want them to watch that and I said this to them, watch this like you were when you were a little kid. That is one of the reasons you work so hard is to get in these situations.
"The first NCAA Tournament game I ever saw in person was in Dayton Arena and I was sitting two or three rows from the very top of the building and watching Michigan State play Washington and I'll never forget it. It was unbelievable. Every time you watch the NCAA Selection Show, it should be like the first time you ever see it because you are never guaranteed you are getting there at the beginning of the year. So many things have to go right. And then to go after the year that we have had and see yourself up there as number one seed, that is special for them. But I don't worry about that, because at no point in time have they ever worked like they were special. We haven't always been as totally focused as we need to be, but they don't work like they're special because that's not how this got built. This didn't get built with entitlement. It got built with a lot of incredible work and I think that's how they'll approach it."
Sophomore Cody Zeller On the similarities of waiting to learn the team's first opponent and having a bye in the first round of the Big Ten tournament: "It is a lot different, just because in the Big Ten you know every team really well, just because you've dealt with them throughout the year. The scouting reports are pretty well put together before you play. In the NCAA tournament, you've got to take it one game at a time, but you really don't know what you're going to get until you play them."
On handling NCAA tournament hoopla after a Sweet Sixteen run last season: "It is definitely a fun experience playing in the NCAA tournament, something that we'll remember for the rest of our lives. Apart from the freshmen, everyone is kind of used to it after what we went through last year. I think we'll be more used to it all and more focused on the game."
Senior Christian Watford On comparing this year's Selection Sunday to last year's: "The first year is always the best, especially with what we came through. We kind of expected to be here this year. We wouldn't settle for anything less than being here, so it is a little bit different this year."
On being a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament: "Any time you're a number one seed, you're excited, so we're just ready to get things started."
Junior Victor Oladipo On his reaction to earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament: "We've been through a lot this season. We've had our share of ups and downs. We had a lot of successes, and it is nice to see it paid off."
On not getting to play in Indianapolis: "The people who made the bracket, that is their job, and that is how they felt. We're just going to take it one game at a time, and we're looking forward to playing in Dayton, Ohio. We just have to win in Dayton."
On the chance to return home to play in Washington, D.C.: "It would be nice, but I'm not looking forward to that. I'm looking forward to Dayton, winning in Dayton. That is all we're focusing on. We've got to get ready this week, and we're looking forward to seeing who we play first and we'll take it one game at a time."