As teams start to stand out and fade away from the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, one has to take a long hard look at the Indiana State Sycamores of the Missouri Valley Conference as a bubble team that could make it into the Tournament.
Indiana State is a team trending in the right direction (RPI: 41, SOS: 50). At first glance, their 14-7 record is not too appealing, but a closer look reveals that four of their losses were to ranked teams (UCLA, New Mexico, San Diego State, Creighton). The Sycamores sport some fantastic wins with OT contests over Ole Miss and Miami and a recent double-digit victory over Wichita State, on the road no less.
With the versatile veteran Jake Odum running the point, Indiana State has won 4 of their last 5 and making a run at the official field of 68.