Are you fisting me? Where's Ashton Kutcher? Seriously. He must be behind this. That's the only explanation.
Granted, IU lost its last 2 games (one in OT on the road and one on a Laettner-esque last second shot after IU had come back from 17 down), but come on. IU is 25-7, went 14-4 in the Big Ten (3rd place), and has an RPI of 20 (according to CBS Sportsline). I figured their loss to Minnesota would move them down from a 5 seed to a 6 seed. But an 8?! That's some happy horse shit.
There are 10 teams with worse RPIs than IU that have better seeds:
Washington State (24-8, 22 RPI, 3rd in Pac-10, 1-1 in Pac-10 tournament)
UConn (24-8, 24 RPI, 4th in the Big East, 0-1 in Big East tournament)
Notre Dame (24-7, 31 RPI, 3rd in the Big East, 0-1 in the Big East tournament)
Oklahoma (22-11, 29 RPI, 4th in Big 12, 1-1 in the Big 12 tournament)
USC (21-11, 28 RPI, 4th in Pac-10, 1-1 in Pac-10 tournament)
Marquette (23-9, 26 RPI, 6th in the Big East, 2-1 in Big East tournament)
Purdue (24-8, 44 RPI, 2nd in the Big Ten, 0-1 in the Big Ten tournament)
Gonzaga (25-7, 27 RPI, 1st in WCC, 1-1 in WCC tournament)
Miami (FL) (21-10, 39 RPI, 5th place in the ACC, 1-1 in ACC tournament)
West Virginia (24-10, 33 RPI, 5th place in the Big East, 2-1 in Big East tournament)
The other 8 seeds are BYU (27-7, 30 RPI, 1st in MWC, 2-1 in MWC tournament), Mississippi State (22-10, 52 RPI, 1st in SEC West, 1-1 in SEC tournament), and UNLV (26-7, 21 RPI, 2nd in MWC, MWC tournament champs -- they should also be pissed with an 8 seed).
And how the fuck did Purdue get a better seed that IU? IU beat Purdue the only time they played this year. Purdue's RPI is 44. Purdue was also 0-1 in the Big Ten Tournament, losing to a sub-.500 Illinois team. The only thing they had over IU was that they were 15-3 in the Big Ten regular season, while IU was 14-4. And I don't understand how Michigan State got a better seed than both IU and Purdue. They were 12-6 in the Big Ten regular season and 1-1 in the Big Ten tournament.
So now, IU will have to play a pesky Arkansas team in the first round, in order to have the pleasure of playing North Carolina in the second round in Raleigh. Fuck you, Selection Committee.