The states of Tennessee and Indiana failed yesterday to pad their totals of NCAA teams, as IUPUI lost to Oral Roberts and Middle Tennessee State lost to Western Kentucky. So it’ll be five Tennessee teams (UT, Memphis, Vandy, Belmont, Austin Peay) and, barring an unlikely run to the MAC title for #10-seed Ball State, four Indiana teams (Notre Dame, Purdue, Indiana, Butler). Only California, with nearly twice as many Division I schools, will have more teams dancing than the Volunteer State.
Speaking of Butler, they won the Horizon title game, thus earning the automatic bid and preserving an at-large spot for some bubble team. The Bulldogs, who went to the Sweet Sixteen last year as a #5 seed and damn near beat eventual champion Florida, will probably get a similar seed this year. Lunardi currently has them as a #5; maybe they’ll be a #4 after this win. Either way, watch out for these guys — they can ball.