The Hoosiers are awesome, baby!

  • 09/04/2007 5:48 pm in

Dick VitaleThe preseason hoops polls are slowly starting to trickle out and today we got Dick Vitale’s top 40 teams. Using his revolutionary “Vitale Bald Dome Index” formula, also known as the VBDI, Dickie V has the Hoosiers pegged as the No. 8 team in the land.

8. Indiana: Kelvin Sampson is thrilled to have diaper dandy Eric Gordon, and the newcomer will make a difference right out of the blocks. DJ White has to have a strong season.

Nothing groundbreaking here from Vitale on the Hoosiers, but some of his other predictions did catch my eye.

First, Michigan State is slotted at No. 7, which is a fair assesment of the team Tom Izzo will put on the floor in East Lansing this season. Ohio State was the only other Big Ten team mentioned, coming in at No. 23.

Two teams I thought Vitale overrated were Duke (surprise, surprise) and Kentucky. Duke is penciled in at No. 12 and I just don’t see where the Blue Devils will be much better than last season. I know, I know, they return everyone of importance from last year’s team with the exception of Josh McRoberts. But they weren’t any good last year. Maybe they’re counting the loss of McRoberts as addition by subtraction. As far as Kentucky goes, they’ll be improved, but they’re still very thin down low and their point guard play is very questionable. The last I checked, those are two important variables.

ESPN still hasn’t addressed Vitale’s obsolete website, which takes me back to the days of dial-up and Compuserve as an ISP. Maybe that’s because this company is so proud of their creation.

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  • kelin

    Not a surprise, that Duke gets the Duke treatment. They still don’t have a point guard and are lacking a go to guy.

    I may be missing something but MSU will be a very good team this year, I just think this year IU is a LOT better. Yes they have Neitzel but I have seen him taken out of games with presure D before and he requires a lot of screens. Don’t get me wrong, I think MSU will be good but I don’t see where the hype is outside of Neitzel…or is HE is good enough to secure the TEAMS hype

  • kelin

    Not a surprise, that Duke gets the Duke treatment. They still don’t have a point guard and are lacking a go to guy.

    I may be missing something but MSU will be a very good team this year, I just think this year IU is a LOT better. Yes they have Neitzel but I have seen him taken out of games with presure D before and he requires a lot of screens. Don’t get me wrong, I think MSU will be good but I don’t see where the hype is outside of Neitzel…or is HE is good enough to secure the TEAMS hype

  • Tom

    We agree this time Duke and UK are overrated and of course Wisconsin,Butler and So.Illinois are underrated.

  • Tom

    We agree this time Duke and UK are overrated and of course Wisconsin,Butler and So.Illinois are underrated.

  • Newt

    Let UK self destruct. It’s the best Christmas present any resident of Louisville can enjoy. UK fans already wanting their new coaches’ head on a platter. They’ll lose 10 games next year…

    We’ll beat them by 15 in the Hall.

  • Newt

    Let UK self destruct. It’s the best Christmas present any resident of Louisville can enjoy. UK fans already wanting their new coaches’ head on a platter. They’ll lose 10 games next year…

    We’ll beat them by 15 in the Hall.

  • Zach

    This is right where I expect and think IU should be in the real pre-season polls when those start rolling out in a month.

  • Zach

    This is right where I expect and think IU should be in the real pre-season polls when those start rolling out in a month.

  • twittybird

    I THINK THAT DICK IS RIGHT ON.THIS WILL BE THE BEST TEAM THE HOOSIERS HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME.

  • twittybird

    I THINK THAT DICK IS RIGHT ON.THIS WILL BE THE BEST TEAM THE HOOSIERS HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME.