Talk about madness. The last fourteen years have almost been exclusively maddening for Hoosiers fans.
Pat Forde of ESPN.com has written a funny article on the best case/worst case scenarios for each of the 64 teams in the tournament. You may read the full article by clicking here. I've pasted the IU snippet, which is painfully funny (and true).
Best Case: Dan Dakich has a group hug with sulking Kelvin Sampson recruits, D.J. White brings it for a full 40, Eric Gordon is on fire and the Hoosiers flash back to midseason form for a run to the Final Four. Suitably exuberant, Indiana offers Dakich the full-time coaching job, but he chooses to share the role with Bob Knight. Old-school Hoosiers weep uncontrollably. NCAA decides not to assess additional penalties for Sampson mess.
Worst Case: The team that is coming off losses to Penn State and Minnesota brings the same weak stuff into Denver and is routed in Round 1 by Arkansas. Three players quit at halftime. Two more write, "Kelvin, call me!" on their shoes. Fans grumble that this never would have happened under Knight, forgetting that his final Indiana game was a 20-point, first-round loss to Pepperdine.
- West Virginia beating Duke in the 2nd round and setting up a Bob Huggins vs. Xavier rematch in the Sweet 16
- Xavier wins and advances to the Elite 8
- St. Mary's defeats Texas to go to the Sweet 16
- Butler advances to the Elite 8