Survey says: IU 13th on list of programs to buy

  • 04/05/2008 11:43 am in

indtick.jpgI woke up this morning to an interesting exercise performed by longtime Courier-Journal columnist Rick Bozich. The question posed to 30 knowledgeable college basketball minds was as follows: “If you were buying stock in 10 college basketball programs, which 10 would you buy and in what order?”

Some of the names of those who participated (and among my favorite college hoops scribes in the country): Pat Forde of ESPN.com, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star and Skip Myslenski of The Chicago Tribune. It’s also important to note that Greg Doyel of CBS Sportsline wasn’t included, which immediately brings more credibility to the survey.

Here were the results:

Ten points were awarded for a first-place vote, nine for second and on down to one point for a 10th-place vote.

The voting (first-place votes in parentheses):

1. North Carolina (23) 293 points; 2. UCLA (4) 264; 3. Kansas (1) 208; 4. Duke (2) 171; 5. Florida 126; 6. Texas 106; 7. Louisville 99; 8. Kentucky 89; 9. Memphis 73; 10. Georgetown 62.

Also receiving votes: Michigan State 45, Connecticut 36, Indiana 24, Ohio State 19, Tennessee 13, Arizona 9, Stanford 4, Gonzaga 4, Wisconsin 3, Washington State 2, Xavier 2, Southern California 1, Marquette 1, Pittsburgh 1.

To be perfectly honest, I was surprised to see IU this high on the survey given the recent tournament success (or lack thereof) and the uncertainty regarding the program due to possible NCAA sanctions. However, I think the results speak highly for not only the tradition of the program but also the potential for success under Tom Crean moving forward.

A few other random observations: Loved to see Louisville ahead of Kentucky. That is sure to irk Big Blue Nation and for that, we’re thankful. Texas seemed a bit high to me given they’ve only been to one Final Four under Rick Barnes, but they do recruit well and have ridiculous facilities in Austin.

So my question for you, ITH faithful: Where do you put IU on your list of programs if you had to buy 10 and why? As always, your thoughts are welcome in the comments.

(No, the picture of the stock ticker isn’t supposed to be IU’s stock. The school isn’t publicly traded, duh. But if they were, INDU would so be their ticker symbol. Props to PostmanE for digging up that photo.)

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  • jgongora86

    If I were investor I would buy some serious stock, because of the bigger profit margin. UNC is as its high as its going to be and the the profit will not increase as rapidly. Will be rich woohooo.

  • ChiCityHoosier

    Not sure I would have IU in the top 10 right now either, but I'd be really interested to see this same exercise performed 4-5 years from now …

  • Do you know what is most fabulous about this list?

    No Illinois.

    There's something else to quack about, Brucey.

  • Dirk

    #13 ain't bad considering the lack of a roster returning next year (Crawford will take Gordon's place as the designated chucker), pending sanctions, and a crappy arena which won't be replaced any time soon.

  • JerryCT

    In stocks you try to buy low and sell high. As a result the first 4 donot look like good buys to me. I would rate IU a “buy” since we are at our bottom with nowhere to go but up

  • JerryCT

    I think the best buy is Ohio State with their incoming class

  • ScottyFrickenV

    Buy low, Sell high. I'd pick up Syracuse and Ohio St for immediate return. As a riskier investment how about Tubby's Gophers? I could see them go from nothing to a Big Ten power quickly. If I were looking for a long term consistent investment I'd buy Indiana and Kentucky. Two down programs that should be at least a top 5 program on average over the next 20 years. Can i move my 401k money to IU and Kentucky??

  • kgork

    Well if this is stocks, then we're almost a definite buy. We can only go up from here.

  • msdiu81

    Well I've always been told stocks were a long term investment and one shouldn't buy for the short term, therefore we are low in this list. For a long term investment IU should be in the top 10 instead of teams like Memphis and Texas. IU has performed very well over the years, is currently experiencing a downturn and will go back up. This is a great time to buy IU for new investors, and long termers would be riding it out already reaping huge profifs from it. So, this just reflects the current trend. Me, IU is a buy right now.

  • monkeybusinessiu

    Here's my thoughts:
    1) You can't pick a school with a top flight football program. Florida and Texas are automatically out because no matter how many titles they win, the basketball programs will never be bigger than the football programs. The same is true for Ohio State and Wisconsin.
    2) You can't go wrong with long term success. UNC, UCLA, Indiana, Kansas, and Kentucky will always be held to a higher standard than any other program. They've had more success and for longer than anyone else. To put it simply, banners talk.
    3) Louisville is another title or two away from joining that elite status. It's in that same category with Duke as “good program but not quite Elite”.
    4) Georgetown has one title. There are lots of programs with one title. There just isn't a compelling reason to include Georgetown on this list.
    5) Memphis plays in an extraordinarily weak conference. They're always going to have inflated win totals. I'll withhold judgement until they win a title (which could be soon).

    My personal buys: Indiana, Memphis, and Tennessee.

  • bahickma

    I'm not very sold on Memphis. They have been pretty good over the past few years, but they are only going to be as good as their recruiting classes. What do most recruits like about possibly playing for Memphis? Up-tempo offense, which translates to quick buckets, higher offensive stats, and a faster lane to the NBA.

    I don't buy on Ohio State, Florida, or Texas either. Just like football will never compete with basketball at Indiana, basketball will never compete with football at any of these schools. The superstars of these three schools are their football coaches.

  • I dunno. There's a lot of people selling Carolina stock right now. Might be a good time to pick some up as the price falls.

  • bahickma

    I'm not very sold on Memphis. They have been pretty good over the past few years, but they are only going to be as good as their recruiting classes. What do most recruits like about possibly playing for Memphis? Up-tempo offense, which translates to quick buckets, higher offensive stats, and a faster lane to the NBA.

    I don't buy on Ohio State, Florida, or Texas either. Just like football will never compete with basketball at Indiana, basketball will never compete with football at any of these schools. The superstars of these three schools are their football coaches.

  • I dunno. There's a lot of people selling Carolina stock right now. Might be a good time to pick some up as the price falls.