March Madness is officially coming to Bloomington.
Indiana women’s basketball earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row, the selection committee announced Sunday. Indiana received a No. 3 seed and will play the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Saturday.
As a No. 3 seed, the Hoosiers earned the opportunity to play the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, something head coach Teri Moren has emphasized as one of the team’s biggest goals of the season.
The No. 3 seed is the highest placement in the NCAA Tournament in program history.
A late-season skid saw Indiana unsure if it would be in a position to host NCAA tournament games. But with wins over No. 13-seed Rutgers, No. 4-seed Maryland and No. 1-seed Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament, Indiana all but named itself as a host site.
IU Athletics was so confident in the team’s seeding that it allowed fans to request tickets beginning on March 8 to first and second round games at Assembly Hall if it was selected as a host site.
In 2021, Indiana received a No. 4-seed and went on to compete in the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
With a win over Charlotte, Indiana would advance to play the winner of No. 6 Kentucky and No. 14 Princeton Monday.