Indiana teams shut out of NCAA Tournament for 2nd time in 42 years

Teams from Indiana at low point

INDIANAPOLIS - The state of college basketball in Indiana is at a low point rarely seen. For only the second time since 1973, Indiana does not have a team in the NCAA Tournament.

For a basketball crazy state, that's not just an anomaly, but a crushing reality to fans of several storied programs.

Indiana University not only fell short of the NCAA Tournament, but also failed to garner an NIT bid.

Purdue is out of the big dance for the second-straight season, and Butler won just four games in its first season in the Big East.

Other common NCAA tourney participants from Indiana -- Notre Dame, Valparaiso and Indiana State -- also failed to make the cut, though Indiana State is in the NIT.

Being left out of the tournament is especially troubling for Indiana and Purdue, two Big Ten stalwarts that found themselves near the bottom of the league standings for much of the year.

While IU lost two top five NBA draft picks, much was expected of Tom Crean's Hoosiers in his sixth season in Bloomington.

Crean took on the task of rebuilding the Hoosiers, culminating in a No. 1 seed and Sweet 16 finish in the 2013 tourney, but the Hoosiers decidedly took a big step back this year.

Purdue has been on a steady decline the last two seasons, finishing below .500 both years and finishing 12th in the Big Ten.

The last time Indiana had no teams in the NCAA Tournament was in 2005. Before that, it was 1972, when the field consisted of just 25 teams.

It had been an embarrassment of riches for Indiana teams in recent years, with four teams making the tourney in 2013, 2011, 2008 and 2007 and three teams in the field in 2012 and 2010.

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