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  • Indiana's Devonte Green puts up a shot against Arkansas's Reggie Chaney during the second half of the Hoosiers' NIT win over the Razorbacks. Indiana faces Wichita State in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:10 pm

Hoosiers to face Wichita State in NIT quarters

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana will continue its journey in the NIT on Tuesday with a quarterfinal matchup against the Wichita State Shockers (21-14) at Assembly Hall. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN. 

It will be the final home game of the season for the Hoosiers (19-15), as the winner goes to Madison Square Garden in New York for the semifinals and potentially the finals. There was a big crowd on Saturday for Indiana's win over Arkansas and there should be enough fans to make the atmosphere genuinely exciting once again.

No. 6 seed Wichita State has already won two games in this tournament as the underdog, knocking off No. 3 seed Furman 76-70 and No. 2 seed Clemson 63-55. They boast victories over two NCAA Tournament teams this season, beating Baylor on Dec. 1 and toppling UCF (the team of March sensation Tacko Fall) on Jan. 16. This is the first time in eight years Wichita State is not in the Big Dance.

This will be the official last game in Bloomington for Juwan Morgan and likely the last for Romeo Langford. It still remains to be seen whether the latter will play in this one: although coach Archie Miller said Langford is making "progess", he also said the team's leading scorer hadn't practiced between the Big Ten Tournament loss to Ohio State and the win over the Razorbacks. With Langford out, Devonte Green has stepped up and played some of the best basketball of his career. The Hoosiers might need more of that against the Shockers.