Sporting News bullish on IU in 2011-2012 Big Ten finish

The fall’s first college basketball preview magazine, published by The Sporting News, is on newsstands and their editors have the Hoosiers jumping from eleventh up to sixth in the Big Ten.

The complete rundown of the projected conference finish is as follows: 1. Ohio State, 2. Wisconsin, 3. Michigan, 4. Michigan State, 5. Purdue, 6. Indiana, 7. Northwestern, 8. Minnesota, 9. Illinois, 10. Iowa, 11. Nebraska and 12. Penn State.

Also of note: Cody Zeller is mentioned as the top freshman in the Big Ten and is given hefty praise: “There’s a strong chance he’ll be the type of dominant center few programs ever see.” Sophomore Victor Oladipo is tabbed as the league’s most athletic player.

Obviously these types of predictions can be thrown out the window once the season tips off in November, but as a point of discussion in early September, does the jump from the bottom of the Big Ten up to sixth for this group of Hoosiers seem probable, possible or too optimistic?

(Photo credit: IUHoosiers.com)

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    And free throws….

  • Anonymous

    Great comment Mr. Guest. 

    Hulls and even Abell or even someone else at PG will be better.  The VJIII PG experiment was a failure and needs to be scrapped.  He is a very serviceable wing with decent mid range but unfortunately very little D.  He would be a great change of pace player to go against the other teams 2nd team.  I’m hoping that is what ends up happening this year.  It’s about getting the best 5 on the floor to start not about seniority or anything else.  This team isn’t good enough for that yet. 

  • Anonymous

    Overall wins this year are not my concerna at all.  This year it is all about Big Ten games.  We need to strive to get to at least .500 or at worst 8-10 in the Big Ten.  It’s about getting back to respectability.  It needs to happen this year.  As always I am optimistic to start the season and hoping that the offseason did some of our guys a lot of good and that Zeller’s impact will be even more than we expect. 

    Athletic Lineup?  How about
    Abell
    Oladipo
    Sheehey
    Zeller
    Pritch – I know he’s not athletic but we have to play 5 still don’t we?

  • Anonymous

    Overall wins this year are not my concerna at all.  This year it is all about Big Ten games.  We need to strive to get to at least .500 or at worst 8-10 in the Big Ten.  It’s about getting back to respectability.  It needs to happen this year.  As always I am optimistic to start the season and hoping that the offseason did some of our guys a lot of good and that Zeller’s impact will be even more than we expect. 

    Athletic Lineup?  How about
    Abell
    Oladipo
    Sheehey
    Zeller
    Pritch – I know he’s not athletic but we have to play 5 still don’t we?

  • Anonymous

    I love your prediction but am not holding out much hope for Mo this year.  After watching what happened last year and how they put him in way before he was ready I hope they proceed with extreme caution. 

    Anything positive from Mo this year will be a bonus and is totally unexpected.

  • Anonymous

    I love your prediction but am not holding out much hope for Mo this year.  After watching what happened last year and how they put him in way before he was ready I hope they proceed with extreme caution. 

    Anything positive from Mo this year will be a bonus and is totally unexpected.

  • Quentonballinger

    I know its a long shot. Probably wont happen. All the stars have to align. If Mo is though we have the second best starting 5 in the big ten. They would have toplay alot of minutes. Our next five is where OSU is by far better. Of course if the bad defense, 20 plus turnovers, and get out rebounded fifth place seems fair. I just feel like this is the year that we will see a big jump forward.

  • Quentonballinger

    I know its a long shot. Probably wont happen. All the stars have to align. If Mo is though we have the second best starting 5 in the big ten. They would have toplay alot of minutes. Our next five is where OSU is by far better. Of course if the bad defense, 20 plus turnovers, and get out rebounded fifth place seems fair. I just feel like this is the year that we will see a big jump forward.

  • Anonymous

    Sixth sounds about right to me, but I prefer 5th, one over Purdue!

  • Anonymous

    This site is good, it does not need “another chance”. But all Hoosier fans are welcome!

  • Anonymous

    This site is good, it does not need “another chance”. But all Hoosier fans are welcome!

  • Anonymous

    This site is good, it does not need “another chance”. But all Hoosier fans are welcome!

  • Anonymous

    If Vic and Cody can do it on the college court, which I think that they can, coupled with Christian and Jordy, IU is missing only one player for a great starting 5! I like our 10 deep roster, with the possibility of a “great” 11th if Mo can become 100%. Then you add a fine shooter in Roth as the 12th. Let’s win 20+ this season!

  • Anonymous

    If Vic and Cody can do it on the college court, which I think that they can, coupled with Christian and Jordy, IU is missing only one player for a great starting 5! I like our 10 deep roster, with the possibility of a “great” 11th if Mo can become 100%. Then you add a fine shooter in Roth as the 12th. Let’s win 20+ this season!

  • Anonymous

    If Vic and Cody can do it on the college court, which I think that they can, coupled with Christian and Jordy, IU is missing only one player for a great starting 5! I like our 10 deep roster, with the possibility of a “great” 11th if Mo can become 100%. Then you add a fine shooter in Roth as the 12th. Let’s win 20+ this season!

  • Anonymous

    You forgot “rebounding” immediately after each “defense” and “selfless team play” before each “fewer TO’s”!

  • Anonymous

    Jerry, I did not realize that you had a twin.

  • MillaRed

    This echos our opinions for the last two years. Fact is whether he is a PG or not, he makes really lousy decisions, and he needs to stop for this team to take a step forward.

  • MillaRed

    This echos our opinions for the last two years. Fact is whether he is a PG or not, he makes really lousy decisions, and he needs to stop for this team to take a step forward.

  • Anonymous

    Iowa has very little upside potential. They get all they can out of a modest roster.

  • Anonymous

    Iowa has very little upside potential. They get all they can out of a modest roster.

  • Anonymous

    Iowa has very little upside potential. They get all they can out of a modest roster.

  • Anonymous

    Iowa has very little upside potential. They get all they can out of a modest roster.

  • Anonymous

    Iowa has very little upside potential. They get all they can out of a modest roster.

  • Anonymous

    Anybody else notice CWats hair??? stylin….

  • Anonymous

    Anybody else notice CWats hair??? stylin….

  • Anonymous

    and getting defensive stops and quick transitions…

  • Papawglen

    I think IU is rated right where they should be. Im not so sure that they wont end up 5th ahead of Purdue.

  • Papawglen

    I think IU is rated right where they should be. Im not so sure that they wont end up 5th ahead of Purdue.

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