FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – March Madness will soon tip-off, and for the first time since 2005, no teams from Indiana will be playing in the NCAA tournament.
Before 2005, the last time the Hoosier State had no representative was 1975. The state has 10 division one men’s basketball teams.
“It’s pretty much unheard of for Indiana because we’re the basketball state,” Shelley Adamonis, an Indiana Hoosiers fan, said.
Indiana’s final hope to get a team in the tournament ended Thursday when IU and Purdue lost their games in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.
On Tuesday, IPFW played in its first Summit League Championship game, but the Mastodons lost to North Dakota State. If the ‘Dons would have won that game, they would have earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. A first for the program.
“I was hoping IPFW would make it into the tournament,” Dylan Precht said. “It would have been a huge deal.”
NewsChannel 15’s coverage of the tournament begins Thursday afternoon, and despite no Indiana teams in the tournament, fans said they were still excited for the madness that comes with March.
“We bleed basketball,” Megan Marvis said. “It’s not going to stop me from watching.”
NewsChannel 15 is also your home for CBS’s Selection Sunday. This year’s field will be unveiled beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday night.
You can also sign up for Bustin’ the Brackets. Click here to learn more about the contest.