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Mike Woodson leads Indiana to first NCAA Tournament win since 2016, St. Mary’s awaits

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The NCAA Tournament began on Tuesday night, as the First Four started with two matchups. The late game featured the Indiana Hoosiers taking on the Wyoming Cowboys, both of which are #12 seeds. Indiana had been playing as well as they had all year, making a deep run in the Big Ten Conference Tournament. They carried their hot play into the play-in game as the Hoosiers defeated the Cowboys, 66-58.

Indiana coach Mike Woodson guided the Hoosiers to their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2016.

In the win, Trayce Jackson-Davis dominated, leading all scorers with 29 points on 10 for 16 shooting. He added nine rebounds and was 9-11 at the charity stripe.

Indiana won despite losing most of the statistical categories in the game. The Hoosiers shot very poorly as a team, hitting only 41.9 percent of their shots. They were even worse from deep, sinking only two of 13 shots from downtown. Indiana was also very poor at the line, hitting only 12 of 20, 60 percent. Yet, the Hoosiers advanced.

That is primarily because of turnovers. Wyoming committed 18 turnovers to only eight from Indiana. But it likely is going to take a much better team effort from Indiana if they want to advance to the next round.

Waiting in the wings is a very dangerous, St. Mary’s Gaels team. The Gaels finished second in the West Coast Conference behind Gonzaga. That first round game tips Thursday night at 7:20pm ET.

In the other First Four game Tuesday night, Texas Southern defeated Texas A&M CC, 76-67. That earned them a date against #1 seed Kansas Thursday.