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Men’s basketball season in review: Class by class



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Freshman forward Justin Smith attempts to dunk the ball during the Hoosiers' game against the Seton Hall Pirates on Nov. 15, 2017, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Hoosiers fell to the Pirates, 84-68. Evan De Stefano Buy Photos

Last week’s loss against Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament brought about a stark realization for IU that the Hoosiers’ season was likely finished.

An NIT berth seemed reasonable for IU heading into the conference tournament, but adding a bad loss to the resume and finishing the season at 16-15 put a significant dent into the Hoosiers’ postseason hopes.

IU Coach Archie Miller said, in the immediate aftermath of his team’s loss, he doubted an NIT bid would come his team’s way, and he added that his group wouldn’t be participating in any postseason tournament worse than the NIT.

Conference tournament season is underway around the NCAA, and for each No. 1 seed that doesn’t win its conference tournament, an automatic bid to the NIT is granted. That doesn’t bode well for IU’s slim odds of landing a spot in the NIT for the second season in a row. With that said, the Indiana Daily Student is taking a look back at the season for IU men’s basketball, broken down by class.

The freshman class: Two of IU's freshmen played a significant role late in the season.

The sophomore class: The 2017-18 season was marked by injury, transfer and flashes of brilliance from IU's sophomore class. 

The junior class: IU's junior class was small this season, but it included two of the most important players on the team.

The senior class: IU's seniors helped build the foundation for IU Coach Archie Miller.

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