Chris Hagan’s tournament takes

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BLOOMINGTON, IN - MARCH 6: Yogi Ferrell #11 and Nick Zeisloft #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers hold the Big Ten Championship trophy following the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Assembly Hall on March 6, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana defeated Maryland 80-62. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

By Chris Hagan

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 13, 2016) – It’s that time of year again.  Put on your dancing shoes college basketball fans.  Four Indiana teams in this year’s field of 68 – all them garnering at-large bids to the tournament.

Here’s a look at the 1st round matchups for our local schools.

Indiana vs Chattanooga

The Hoosiers get the 5 seed in the East Regional and will face the 12th seeded Moccasins at 7:10pm Thursday in Des Moines.  IU opens as an 11-point favorite and I think they will handle that easily.

Tom Crean’s squad was red hot before going one and done in the Big Ten tournament , so I don’t think they’ll get tripped up here. Just don’t get caught looking ahead to a potential matchup in the 2nd round with Kentucky!

Hagan says: IU wins 81-65.

Purdue vs Arkansas – Little Rock

The Boilers get the 5 seed in the Midwest Regional and will face the 12th seeded Trojans at 4:30pm Thursday in Denver.  Purdue opens as an 9-point favorite.  I’ve said all season I like how this team is built for postseason play.  Just beware the dreaded 12 over a 5 curse!  UALR has won 8 of 9 and is 29-4 this season.

Hagan says: Purdue wins 77-71

Butler vs Texas Tech

The Bulldogs get the 9 seed in the Midwest Regional and will face the 8th seeded Red Raiders at 12:40pm Thursday in Raleigh. Butler opens as a 2 1/2-point favorite, so it’s expected to be another close 8/9 matchup.  Tubby Smith’s team has lost 3 of its last 4 however, so I’ll take the Dogs.

Hagan says: Butler wins 70-64.

Notre Dame vs Michigan/Tulsa winner

The Irish get a 6 seed in the East with their 21-11 overall record and 11-7 mark in the rugged ACC.  ND got waxed in their conference tourney by 31 points, so they’ll be chomping at the bit.  I think they’ll beat Tulsa, but I’d be worried about a matchup with Michigan.  Their game will be at 9:40 Friday night in Brooklyn.

Hagan says: I don’t know yet!

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