Hoosiers enter AP, coaches poll for first time since 2008

  • 12/12/2011 12:30 pm in

For the first time since the late stages of the 2007-2008 season, Indiana is among the top 25 teams in the country.

The 9-0 Hoosiers, who received votes in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll a week ago, broke into the rankings thanks to a dramatic 73-72 win over No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday.

Indiana is No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches poll.

On the first Big Ten coaches teleconference of the season Monday morning, Tom Crean was asked about his team potentially entering the top 25 by Dustin Dopirak of The Bloomington Herald-Times.

“It’s not like it would be a disappointment if we weren’t, but I’d be shocked if we weren’t at the same time,” he said. “These players have earned it. I’m really excited for what’s ahead for this team.

“The biggest thing is they stay locked in to their own expectations. I think that’s what’s so important. … That they continue to understand improvement, unity, togetherness, offensive and defensive fundamentals, the preparation that they’ve put forth. That’s what’s been so good for this team.”

Indiana last appeared in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll at No. 24 on March 17, 2008.

The ranking in the Associated Press poll is the program’s first since being placed at No. 18 on March 3, 2008.

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  • Anonymous

    I do.  I miss those days…..or not (but it was funny)

  • SM

    I’m with you on not wishing ill fortune on anyone, especially since it seems that Sullinger is a pretty good guy.  But Buckeye fans and their media make it very hard not to.  I listened to one of their local sports radio shows, and to give you a sampling of some of the things they said:

    “I don’t think they lose a game this year” (talking about the Big Ten season, but then a few minutes later noting how many Big Ten teams are ranked)

    “They will definitely be a #1 seed.”

    “I hope all the recruits out there are watching.  Thad Matta is so smart.” (talking about how Thad held Sullinger out because he didn’t want to risk hurting his future career.  Wait, what recruits?  They have absolutely zero for next year–http://rivalshoops.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1297795) 

    They were also happy about the fact that Deshaun Thomas has never seen a shot he doesn’t like.  Ugh.

    I’m a little biased, having lived in Columbus for 4 years.  Nothing would make me happier than to see them lose.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    When Tom Crean is in Rome, the Romans do as he does.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    When Tom Crean is in Rome, the Romans do as he does.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I’m glad the Hoosiers are ranked and glad we can question voter decisions. It’s a feather in the cap for the team and Coach Crean, and another step in the right direction for the program. 

    Ultimately, however, it’s just an arbitrary thing, so I’m not going to get too bent out of shape about where the team is or isn’t ranked. 

    As long as IU wins on the court, things will continue to take care of themselves. Go Hoosiers!

  • MillaRed

    Ha ha! Love it

  • Anonymous

    Great win against pUKe.just want to say i have dogged CW all year until the NC State game for his effort and rebounding. he is proving me wrong and thats great!! now it is CTC’s job to not let the ranking change anything right now .get ready 4 ND don’t come out flat and beat this team by 20 like we should. now is the time to mold a consistent unit. 10-0 after ssaturday? book it dano.

  • MillaRed

    Hey man, it was like a week. I don’t kid around with my heavenly commitments. I stick it out.

  • MillaRed

    Why was I a nun anyway? I can’t remember what I had for breakfast.

  • MillaRed

    These tweets are cracking me up. Knock off #1 and go 9-0 and no top 25? I know peeps hate our program but come on man. That’s just plain ignorance.

  • MillaRed

    These tweets are cracking me up. Knock off #1 and go 9-0 and no top 25? I know peeps hate our program but come on man. That’s just plain ignorance.

  • Anonymous

    IU v Illinois, if I recall

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    It was supposed to be a week, but I think 27 minutes is a more accurate account.

  • jcopey

    6. 10. 12.  Those are the number of games we’ve won the last three years.  I don’t see any way this team gets over-confident.  Just remember where we’ve come from . . . and keep our eyes on where we’re going.  Go HOOSIERS!

  • Anonymous

    I hope not. I want everyone to be at full strength when we play them. No excuses!

    GO IU!!!!!

  • Linback93

    Yes they will have to keep proving it every week that they should be ranked with the big boys, but they beat every other team on the schedule by 10+ points. NC State is a tougher team than people give credit. They lost a close game to Vandy when there best player wasn’t able to play. I am predicting the next big upset to be NC State over Syracuse. IU shot around 42% against pUKe’s 55% and still won. In fact, they were up 10 until they forgot how to play basketball in the last 5 minutes. If they were MSU they would be a top 15 team.

  • Michael

    It makes sense. Jemarcus Ellis was on the 07-08 team that was last ranked.

  • HoosierFromCt

    Where are all the verbal commitments!? We should have at least 3 in the last two days. 

  • HoosierFromCt

    Where are all the verbal commitments!? We should have at least 3 in the last two days. 

  • Gjbrinegar51

    18th and 20th huh, guess they’re not believers yet!

  • Linback93

    couldn’t agree more

  • Anonymous

    It could be important for making the NCAA Tournament and seeding, but other than that, the rankings mean nothing to me (though it is nice to see that this team is that good). The Hoosiers aren’t going to sneak up on anyone now. Everyone knows the Hoosiers are for real. Time to go out and prove it in conference though. They need to blow past these next few non-conference games and then show what they’re really made of in the Big Ten. The Evansville road win was nice, but how about taking one at Iowa, at Penn State, at Northwestern? The ones that really matter now are the conference games. Evansville, Notre Dame, Butler, were confidence builders. I can’t wait to see what this team is really made of.

  • WALT

    Wonderful job Hoosiers. Very happy Jones and Wat showed up; was yelling at Jones much of 2nd 1/2, but erased everything when he fed Wat for 3. The announcer “diaper dandies” guy, Vitale, I believe,  keeps on saying that Assembly Hall should be called Robert Knight arena, or something like that. Correct me if I am wrong, but Knight still shows a lot of disdain for Indiana. Until he would become a friend of the program again, and he could easily do not like the idea of his name there. IMHO.     

  • Linback93

    Idk why everyone is writing off this team as not being a great team already even though they are 9-0. Hulls and Watford were part of a top 10 recruiting class. They have talent, chemistry, great coaching, and most of all they are hungry. They have been so close to beating good teams the past few years, but they finally have the swagger to close teams out.

  • Linback93

    Idk why everyone is writing off this team as not being a great team already even though they are 9-0. Hulls and Watford were part of a top 10 recruiting class. They have talent, chemistry, great coaching, and most of all they are hungry. They have been so close to beating good teams the past few years, but they finally have the swagger to close teams out.

  • cooper

    Nice to see but gotta keep going. Ranking only matters at the end

  • cooper

    Nice to see but gotta keep going. Ranking only matters at the end

  • Anonymous

    Nice to get the Poll recognition..but there’s an old golf saying..hardest thing is to hit two good shots in a row. Let’s hope there’s a big loud pro-IU crowd in Indy Sat..cause I can smell the whiff of a possible letdown…clear down here in SC. GodHoosiers…Coach Crean..keep’em strapped up tight for ND.

  • Petefaggen

    I am relatively new to IU basketball, my second year here as a graduate student. That was simply the best sporting event I have ever seen live, in person. I still want to cry with joy thinking about it. I still can’t stop watching the Youtube replays, and reading the blogs and comments. And I am stoked we are back where we belong: in the polls. Let’s keep it rolling right into the Big Ten boys. I can’t wait!!

  • Petefaggen

    I am relatively new to IU basketball, my second year here as a graduate student. That was simply the best sporting event I have ever seen live, in person. I still want to cry with joy thinking about it. I still can’t stop watching the Youtube replays, and reading the blogs and comments. And I am stoked we are back where we belong: in the polls. Let’s keep it rolling right into the Big Ten boys. I can’t wait!!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll add to that the fact that if you look at the coaches who have a vote, you’ll see that Matt Painter and Scott Drew both vote this year, which might suppress the support IU can get.  Other coaches Crean might have a relationship with, either positive or negative, include Rob Jeter from UW-Milwaukee…I’m not sure what their relationship was like when Crean was at Marquette, but I’m sure they had one.  Boeheim votes.

    I also recognized Mike McConathy from Northwestern State; he always seemed to have positive things to say about Crean when they played at IU over the past few years, but that could just be bad memory on my part.

    But, in any case, am I wrong to think Scott Drew wouldn’t be voting IU in the top-25 even if IU starts 25-0?  I mean, he threatened to have a kid deported, so he’s certainly vindictive enough.

  • That’s the first I’ve heard of that, but I don’t have rumor sources outside of this site and the IDS so that’s not surprising.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    At long last, IU is back. 

    But, let’s not get overconfident or relax at all!  Stay focused boys and don’t have a let down!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    If they were MSU and undefeated they’d be #1 because MSU opened the season with UNC and Duke!

    I think 18 is fair but they better be set for the B1G season because they’ll need a split with MSU and OSU to remain ranked.  If they lose two in a row after a fairly weak schedule, they’ll drop right out!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I can’t wait until Zeller puts it too that fairy kid from Illinoying . . . the kid that sounds like he’s named after an auto dealership. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I can’t wait until Zeller puts it too that fairy kid from Illinoying . . . the kid that sounds like he’s named after an auto dealership. 

  • Linback93

    I’m saying if they had the same schedule same stats and everything they would be in the top 15. I don’t see a reason why IU couldn’t beat either Duke or UNC.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I was expecting #1. I mean, we beat the #1 team, isn’t that how it works…..

    I was seriously expecting a 15ish ranking, but I’ve also been drinking the kool-aid for a long time. It starts to rot your brain.

  • Michael

    Can somewhat update the status of, provide some information on.etc the status of Elston and Sullinger? Why so much silence in the media about these two?

  • Tolly1

    Nicks would be second best thing. I know I was there (Assembly Hall ) it was simply amazing.

  • Tolly1

    We have some of the best Alum in the nation but our students this year especially are crazy loud.

  • Ruthann

    agreed

  • Anonymous

    Great memory from DarkSouth.   Went back and looked and it was definitely after the win vs Illinois.  Actually was just getting addicted to ITH at that point.  Kelin was changing his name every other day it seemed.  Anyway – I was trying to see how long you did actually post as a nun, but your post name reverted back to MillaRed in the archives.

  • I loved the game…but!!!! why did we not get the ball into Cody. There center had 4 fouls and we didn’t get the ball into him one time in the last few mins. I don’t think we have players who know how to feed the post. CTC needs to have them work on that.
    Also Teague and Lanb could drive any time they wanted to. Don’t we have any one who will slide over and take a charge?  Just a few thoughts. I know we can improve and will. I just was thinking. Awesome win Big Red. Looks like the Hurrin Hoosiers of old. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I hope the first game film the guys watched after the win was UNLV-Santa Barbara with the message that, “these are the same guys who beat North Carolina and then turned around and lost to ‘The Gauchos’. Don’t let that be you against Notre Dame.”

  • Anonymous

    In fairness to Drew, wasn’t it his clown assistant coach who made the deportation statement?

  • Anonymous

    Technically, yes, and that coach has now left the program, which to me means it definitely happened.

    But if you remember when that story came out, there wasn’t an outpouring of support for Drew, and as I recall, no one really seemed too surprised that he and/or his coaches would recruit like that.  

    Semi-related, has the NCAA ever completed that investigation?

  • Jivkov99

    IU when you reach the top of the ladder then reach for the stars!