Hoosiers ranked No. 9 in preseason coaches poll

  • 10/26/2007 12:18 pm in

Lance StemlerThe first college hoops poll of the season was released today and IU is represented as a top 10 preseason selection by the coaches. The Hoosiers are slotted at No. 9, just behind Michigan State.

When was the last time IU was ranked this high going into the season? (To be perfectly honest, I can’t remember. Bonus points to anyone who knows.)

Two of IU’s non-conference opponents, Kentucky and Southern Illinois, also made the cut. The Wildcats, who visit Assembly Hall on December 8, are No. 22 and the Salukis, who will host the Hoosiers on December 1, are No. 23.

Besides IU and Michigan State, the only other Big Ten teams mentioned were Ohio State, Wisconsin and Illinois who were among the “others receiving votes.”

I’m inclined to say the coaches got it right this time as I can make a case for each team ranked ahead of us for the time being. Duke is, as usual, overrated at No. 11. And two-time defending national champion, Florida, seems a bit underrated. They did, after all, sign one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

So, what are your thoughts on IU’s preseason ranking? Too high? Too low? Just right? I’m interested in hearing your take.

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  • Mike

    Last time the Hoosiers were ranked in the top 10 in a major poll was the 1994-95 season.

  • Mike

    Last time the Hoosiers were ranked in the top 10 in a major poll was the 1994-95 season.

  • Mike

    Last time the Hoosiers were ranked in the top 10 in a major poll was the 1994-95 season.

  • You’re talking preseason, right? I’m pretty sure we cracked the top 10 early in the season a few years ago when Killingsworth was here.

  • You’re talking preseason, right? I’m pretty sure we cracked the top 10 early in the season a few years ago when Killingsworth was here.

  • You’re talking preseason, right? I’m pretty sure we cracked the top 10 early in the season a few years ago when Killingsworth was here.

  • Robert

    It is what I expected, however, I hope we can actually live up to these expectations and more when the season gets going.

    Another fine thing about the poll?
    Purdue didn’t get a vote.

  • Robert

    It is what I expected, however, I hope we can actually live up to these expectations and more when the season gets going.

    Another fine thing about the poll?
    Purdue didn’t get a vote.

  • Robert

    It is what I expected, however, I hope we can actually live up to these expectations and more when the season gets going.

    Another fine thing about the poll?
    Purdue didn’t get a vote.

  • Mike

    Big A…yea im talking about the initial preseason rankings. I was going for the bonus points from the article haha

  • Mike

    Big A…yea im talking about the initial preseason rankings. I was going for the bonus points from the article haha

  • This is a little higher than I expected — was thinking in the 10-15 ranger — but hey, I’ll take it.

    But, in the end, this is just a preseason ranking. Doesn’t really mean much except we are supposed to be good — they still have to bring it once the season starts.

  • This is a little higher than I expected — was thinking in the 10-15 ranger — but hey, I’ll take it.

    But, in the end, this is just a preseason ranking. Doesn’t really mean much except we are supposed to be good — they still have to bring it once the season starts.

  • This is a little higher than I expected — was thinking in the 10-15 ranger — but hey, I’ll take it.

    But, in the end, this is just a preseason ranking. Doesn’t really mean much except we are supposed to be good — they still have to bring it once the season starts.

  • MPmike

    I think pre-season rankings overall are overated because they are based on what’s on paper and not being able to see the teams play on the court yet.

    Based on the players returning and the recruiting hype along with a proven coach, IU should be ranked in the pre-season top 10.

    I believe the last time IU was ranked in the pre-season top 10 is back in the 1993-1994 season which IU ended up regular season #1. I think the following season(1994-1995)- IU was ranked in the top 25.

    Finally, going back to Mike’s comments. IU has been ranked in the top 10 during the season in the last 10 years. Bob Knight’s 1999-2000 (which was Knight’s last year at IU) team was ranked 7th in the nation and Mike Davis had two teams ranked in the top ten. 2003 IU was ranked 6th and in his final year 2006 team was ranked in the top ten.

  • MPmike

    I think pre-season rankings overall are overated because they are based on what’s on paper and not being able to see the teams play on the court yet.

    Based on the players returning and the recruiting hype along with a proven coach, IU should be ranked in the pre-season top 10.

    I believe the last time IU was ranked in the pre-season top 10 is back in the 1993-1994 season which IU ended up regular season #1. I think the following season(1994-1995)- IU was ranked in the top 25.

    Finally, going back to Mike’s comments. IU has been ranked in the top 10 during the season in the last 10 years. Bob Knight’s 1999-2000 (which was Knight’s last year at IU) team was ranked 7th in the nation and Mike Davis had two teams ranked in the top ten. 2003 IU was ranked 6th and in his final year 2006 team was ranked in the top ten.

  • MPmike

    I think pre-season rankings overall are overated because they are based on what’s on paper and not being able to see the teams play on the court yet.

    Based on the players returning and the recruiting hype along with a proven coach, IU should be ranked in the pre-season top 10.

    I believe the last time IU was ranked in the pre-season top 10 is back in the 1993-1994 season which IU ended up regular season #1. I think the following season(1994-1995)- IU was ranked in the top 25.

    Finally, going back to Mike’s comments. IU has been ranked in the top 10 during the season in the last 10 years. Bob Knight’s 1999-2000 (which was Knight’s last year at IU) team was ranked 7th in the nation and Mike Davis had two teams ranked in the top ten. 2003 IU was ranked 6th and in his final year 2006 team was ranked in the top ten.

  • PB

    I figured we’d be 9th for some reason myself. It’s a good ranking considering the talent we have led by D.J. White and E.J. Not many teams have two first round picks like that. We do, however, still have a lot to prove.

    If the coaches poll has us higher than the other poll, it goes to show how much the other coaches respect Sampson’s ability to get the most out of his players.

    I hate to bring him up (for one, because we wouldn’t have Gordon if he were still here), but I think if we had this same team and Davis were still head coach we’d be significantly lower in the polls. Just my opinion, though.

  • PB

    I figured we’d be 9th for some reason myself. It’s a good ranking considering the talent we have led by D.J. White and E.J. Not many teams have two first round picks like that. We do, however, still have a lot to prove.

    If the coaches poll has us higher than the other poll, it goes to show how much the other coaches respect Sampson’s ability to get the most out of his players.

    I hate to bring him up (for one, because we wouldn’t have Gordon if he were still here), but I think if we had this same team and Davis were still head coach we’d be significantly lower in the polls. Just my opinion, though.

  • Lrubes

    I think we are actually better than #9. Along with proven players such as DJ and EJ I think Armon Basset is going to have a breakout year establishing himself an elite PG who can shoot the rock. Just my guess/opinion, I’ve seen Basset play a lot.

  • Lrubes

    I think we are actually better than #9. Along with proven players such as DJ and EJ I think Armon Basset is going to have a breakout year establishing himself an elite PG who can shoot the rock. Just my guess/opinion, I’ve seen Basset play a lot.

  • jaime gongora

    I’m happy with nine. I think that we have more upside than the rest of the teams, which leaves us the possibility that we can contend for a national championship. It all depends how eli holman develops, and if jamarcus Ellis can provide consistency in rebounds, points, and assists.

  • jaime gongora

    I’m happy with nine. I think that we have more upside than the rest of the teams, which leaves us the possibility that we can contend for a national championship. It all depends how eli holman develops, and if jamarcus Ellis can provide consistency in rebounds, points, and assists.

  • bootsie white

    probably too high for November and December.

    JuCo players are freshmen, even as good as Gordon, rarely come in and dominate from Game One.

    Wilmont will be missed. As will Calloway.

    Plus Ratliff is not available.

    This team will be Top 10 in February.

    It’s a stretch for November.

  • bootsie white

    probably too high for November and December.

    JuCo players are freshmen, even as good as Gordon, rarely come in and dominate from Game One.

    Wilmont will be missed. As will Calloway.

    Plus Ratliff is not available.

    This team will be Top 10 in February.

    It’s a stretch for November.

  • bootsie white

    probably too high for November and December.

    JuCo players are freshmen, even as good as Gordon, rarely come in and dominate from Game One.

    Wilmont will be missed. As will Calloway.

    Plus Ratliff is not available.

    This team will be Top 10 in February.

    It’s a stretch for November.

  • WestCoastAlum

    I agree with PB’s comment that the team would have a lower ranking if Mike Davis was still coach. Davis was a great guy, but the perception (and probably reality) was that he never got the most he could out of his teams after the one run to the Final Four.

    A more interesting question though is how would this team be ranked if Bob Knight was the coach.

    One person’s opinion? I would break Knight’s career into two halves. In his early career, this team might have been higher ranked, but in his later career, he no longer seemed to have the ability to get the maximum out of his teams. He seemed to ride them too hard, almost like a horse trainer who breaks a horse so well that he kills its spirit.

  • WestCoastAlum

    I agree with PB’s comment that the team would have a lower ranking if Mike Davis was still coach. Davis was a great guy, but the perception (and probably reality) was that he never got the most he could out of his teams after the one run to the Final Four.

    A more interesting question though is how would this team be ranked if Bob Knight was the coach.

    One person’s opinion? I would break Knight’s career into two halves. In his early career, this team might have been higher ranked, but in his later career, he no longer seemed to have the ability to get the maximum out of his teams. He seemed to ride them too hard, almost like a horse trainer who breaks a horse so well that he kills its spirit.

  • WestCoastAlum

    I agree with PB’s comment that the team would have a lower ranking if Mike Davis was still coach. Davis was a great guy, but the perception (and probably reality) was that he never got the most he could out of his teams after the one run to the Final Four.

    A more interesting question though is how would this team be ranked if Bob Knight was the coach.

    One person’s opinion? I would break Knight’s career into two halves. In his early career, this team might have been higher ranked, but in his later career, he no longer seemed to have the ability to get the maximum out of his teams. He seemed to ride them too hard, almost like a horse trainer who breaks a horse so well that he kills its spirit.

  • Tim

    Here’s how my preseason rankings look.
    This year has a big 3 in:
    1. UCLA
    2. N. Carolina
    3. Memphis
    You can rank those three in order, this is mine, but it has to be those three teams at the top in my opinion. After them I see clearly defined next six to round out the top 9 with me putting them in this order
    4. Kansas
    5. Indiana
    6. Georgetown
    7. Tennessee
    8. Michigan State
    9. Louisville
    10. Washington State
    The Cougs slide into the number 10 spot out of all the remaining teams because I am a big fan of Derrick Low but I think they’re a step below the first 9.

  • Tim

    Here’s how my preseason rankings look.
    This year has a big 3 in:
    1. UCLA
    2. N. Carolina
    3. Memphis
    You can rank those three in order, this is mine, but it has to be those three teams at the top in my opinion. After them I see clearly defined next six to round out the top 9 with me putting them in this order
    4. Kansas
    5. Indiana
    6. Georgetown
    7. Tennessee
    8. Michigan State
    9. Louisville
    10. Washington State
    The Cougs slide into the number 10 spot out of all the remaining teams because I am a big fan of Derrick Low but I think they’re a step below the first 9.

  • Tim

    Here’s how my preseason rankings look.
    This year has a big 3 in:
    1. UCLA
    2. N. Carolina
    3. Memphis
    You can rank those three in order, this is mine, but it has to be those three teams at the top in my opinion. After them I see clearly defined next six to round out the top 9 with me putting them in this order
    4. Kansas
    5. Indiana
    6. Georgetown
    7. Tennessee
    8. Michigan State
    9. Louisville
    10. Washington State
    The Cougs slide into the number 10 spot out of all the remaining teams because I am a big fan of Derrick Low but I think they’re a step below the first 9.

  • rayman

    i agree that iu should be a top ten pick for preseason polls. i think dj is going to become a household name across the country this year if he isn’t already. this is dj’s first chance to play with a supporting cast inside…not to mention iu is loaded in the perimeter. i would have them ahead of michigan state, who i personally think is getting a little too much hype…even though i think they’ll be among the big ten’s elite this season. i will say this, i sure am glad iu started out in the top 10 because their strength of schedule is going to be too weak for some of the “big ten haters” to move them into this spot once the season starts. i can see iu winning 16-18 of their opening 20 games scheduled…if not more. if they can get by xavier, kentucky, and southern illinois, i could see a perfect start heading into conference play…as long as no little guy steals a win. i predict they’ll remain in the top 10 for at least a large portion of the season…hopefully more.

  • rayman

    i agree that iu should be a top ten pick for preseason polls. i think dj is going to become a household name across the country this year if he isn’t already. this is dj’s first chance to play with a supporting cast inside…not to mention iu is loaded in the perimeter. i would have them ahead of michigan state, who i personally think is getting a little too much hype…even though i think they’ll be among the big ten’s elite this season. i will say this, i sure am glad iu started out in the top 10 because their strength of schedule is going to be too weak for some of the “big ten haters” to move them into this spot once the season starts. i can see iu winning 16-18 of their opening 20 games scheduled…if not more. if they can get by xavier, kentucky, and southern illinois, i could see a perfect start heading into conference play…as long as no little guy steals a win. i predict they’ll remain in the top 10 for at least a large portion of the season…hopefully more.