Indiana preseason No. 1 in Athlon Sports, No. 2 in Lindy’s Sports

  • 09/05/2012 6:36 pm in

The college basketball preview magazines will begin hitting the newsstands shortly and Indiana is being touted as a national championship contender by both Athlon Sports and Lindy’s Sports.

As we mentioned Tuesday, the Hoosiers are No. 1 in the Athlon Sports preview, which will be available on Sept. 25.

The Lindy’s Sports college basketball preview, available on Sept. 11, will have Indiana at No. 2.

The top three teams in Athlon’s preview are Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky and the cover of Lindy’s Sports shows their top ten as follows:

1. Louisville
2. Indiana
3. Michigan
4. N.C. State
5. Kentucky
6. Ohio State
7. Duke
8. Creighton
9. St. Louis
10. UCLA

The Athlon Sports magazine has a regional version with Cody Zeller (after the jump) on the cover and the Lindy’s Sports magazine, pictured below, has a regional cover with Christian Watford, Notre Dame’s Eric Atkins and Purdue’s Terone Johnson.

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  • stroot

    I suddenly like Lindy’s more than I do Athlon Sports. A #2 ranking gives the team something to use as a chip on their shoulder — something to work toward — whereas a #1 basically says “you’re already at the top – just don’t screw anything up”.

    As much as I’d like to see them ranked at #1 right now, I’d much rather see them ranked at #1 in about seven months.

  • Geoff_85

    If the group they bring back plays as well as they did last year, with the talent they add this year, Indiana is a lock for a #1 seed. That’s not saying anything you don’t already know, but this team will be as good as advertised. Sidenote: I feel like Peter Jurkin will be a surprise to everyone but me.

  • Arch_Puddington

    Ok, get out your 6 shooters…I know some of you will soon be taking aim.

    Im not buying us as a #1 team. It’s more hype than we deserve. Last year was an all-time favorite, and I know we will be better this year. But championship teams play great defense, and we don’t play great defense. We have an elite offense, and as long as we have Cody Zeller, anything is possible. However, until we can play consistent, high-level defense, a Final Four or even a Big Ten championship is going to be tough.

    That being said, I am looking forward to this season more than any since the early ’90s. It’s a great team to watch, and we will win a LOT of games.

  • InTheMtns

    Arch, I get your point and I agree – championship teams play great defense. Thing is, we don’t know how this year’s team will play defense. I think it’s maybe premature to declare that we don’t play great (or good enough) defense. Let’s at least wait until we see this year’s team play. Meanwhile, we can hope the defense has gotten better. I’m looking forward to the season, too. Go Hoosiers!

  • HoosierTrav

    Do you folks really beleive what you’re saying!? You think that it’s gonna be a bad thing for this group? This team is #1 on most polls for a reason. We added two post presences in Jurkin and Perea. We were better than an underachieving Louisville all year last year. Yeah, they made the final four, but they struggled during the season to live up to their ranking. We addressed every area that needed addressed with emphasis in our current recruiting class. You think that this team will be arrogant enough to feel like they’re on top? You’re forgetting that this team is heavily veteran. They suffered through a tough loss to the eventual national champion. I doubt CTC or the Hoosier players Will feel as though they’ve reached the mountain top until they’ve cut the nets down. We’re the logical #1. Get over it!

  • Shop7

    The ONLY team I can see having just a strong of an argument for #1 is UL. We’re bringing back our best 5 players, have arguably the best center and player in Cody and s top 10 recruiting class.

  • HoosierCW3

    I believe that with the edition of Yogi and Hollowell with Remy and Oladipo our perimeter will be better defensively. Also with Zeller getting bigger will help him bang down low. Although we haven’t played good defense this year looks like it could be an improvement.

  • Arch_Puddington

    I agree with you. I’m not saying we can’t or won’t be better on defense, I’m just saying we have to go out and show it on the court before I’m willing to cast us as a premier team. Top 10, maybe. Top 2? Not yet. I read all the breathless talk about hanging banners and coasting through the Big Ten as though it were inevitable, and I think some people are letting their enthusiasm get the best of them. Let’s see how we do against NC, UCLA, and Michigan before we proclaim ourselves a dynasty. If we show we can shut down teams of that caliber, I will gladly drink the kool aid.

  • Cowboy

    name me 5 better teams than IU.

  • Zellersheeladipo

    Who’s better than us? What Sweet 16 team is bringing back its starting five plus a top 5 ranked recruiting class? Preseason All-American Center and potential first pick in the NBA draft, Big Z. Preseason polls don’t mean much, but IU is 1.

    Being # 1 is nothing to be afraid of. That’s the whole point. Go Hoosiers!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Exactly!! We are now the hunted.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    St Louis at number 9! Wow, interim head coach and former Hoosier Jim Crews has his work cut out for him! Best of luck Coach Crews and congrats on the outlook of a great season.

  • Kris

    This is easy – Athlon is right and Lindy’s is wrong. Even if it’s pre-season, I like seeing IU at #1.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    The more I hear the more I like. I was skeptical around about his junior year, thinking maybe injuries would get to him like a lot of big men, but it sounds like having a college trainer is helping immensely.

  • SCHoosier

    For the umpteenth time it’s not where you start it’s where you finish. IU’s defense is going to have to take big leaps forward to have a serious shot at another banner. All #1 pre-season gets u is some good national pub (great for recruiting) and a big target on your back (not that the pre-season cubbard of cupcakes could hit it)
    Great potential for a tremendous year…but geez let’s keep our wits about us!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I would agree with you if it weren’t for the fact that Louisville has the opposite problem and can’t score points, and I don’t think their incoming class can help on offense the way ours can on defense. And Louisville is the only other team, IMO, with a legitimate argument for the number one spot.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Lindy’s ranking lost its credibility for me when it put both St. Louis and Creighton in the top 10. Thus, I agree with Athlon!!

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t know what St. Louis has, but Creighton will be damn good. Doug McDermott may win the Naismith Award.

  • marcusgresham

    No kidding. There are Benedictine monks who score more often than U of L.

  • They’re probably trying to be different than some of the other magazines and the success of mid-majors in recent seasons could also have something to do with it.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I agree that Creighton is talented, but not top 10. Although I will say them being top ten would surprise me much less than stl. Also I think UNLV is better than both..

    As far as the Naismith, I have total confidence that McDermott can come in 2nd place very convincingly…..

  • Evansville Hoosier

    …. Except for Rick Pitino that is.

  • Arch_Puddington

    The Miami Heat, the ’85 Bears, the ’29 Yankees, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Bingo Long Traveling All Stars. Does that help?

    Who knows who is better than us, and who cares? My point is that as good as the Hoosiers have become, they are still missing a key piece of a championship team. We had the best offense in the conference last year, but still finished in the middle of the pack and got bounced in the second round of the tournament. We had painful losses to Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, and others, due in large part to an inability to get key stops. (And, if it weren’t for arguably the greatest 3-point shooting display in conference history, we might well have lost to Penn State for the same reason). When we fix that problem, we will be an elite team. Until then, we are a work in progress.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    the only ranking that matters is the one at the END of the year!! a quest for banner #6!! go hoosiers!!

  • MillaRed

    I watched the Sweet 16 game again last week. Davis picked up his 3rd foul on Cody very early in that game and the refs didn’t have the balls to call it. Cody still scored somehow. But man that sure would have changed the game.

  • MillaRed

    We have Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin. And not Tom Pritchard who I love but he just didn’t have the vertical or footwork needed to protect the rim. This in itself is an upgrade to the defense.

  • MillaRed

    I think by the end of the year Coach had it figured out. We got leads and he pulled Jordy and inserted Remy. We typically had Remy, VO, Will, CWat and Cody on the floor to close games. And I expect that to happen a lot this season.

    Keep in mind, great defense or not, these people have to hang with our Hoosiers on the scoreboard. We are going to flat out light it up with Yogi in the mix.

  • Candypants

    Blackshear will fix a lot of these offensive woes, he is a beast offensively when healthy. However I believe Remy, Dipo and Sheehey will be a defensive stoppers for us this year. Will be fun to see how this plays out. I just hope all of our guys stay healthy (especially Creek).

  • DannerPerea

    So we have an elite offense…and EACH and every one of our players goes up against that elite offense everyday. I’m not very smart, but how can our defense NOT improve in that scenario?!??

  • DarkSouth

    At times last year I wasn’t sure if U of L would even score during pre-game layup lines

  • DarkSouth

    I think Ken Pomeroy looked at the numbers and more preseason #1’s have won national championships than final regular season #1’s

  • that was two games……..

  • Arch_Puddington

    I agree with all of this. The 2002 team with Newton, Leach, and Jeffries got to the championship in part because those three could really protect the rim. Part of the reason I am still not ready to proclaim IU an improved defense, though, is because it isn’t clear how much Perea or Jurkin will even play. Newton, Leach, and Jeffries all started and played major minutes. Barring injuries, Jurkin and Perea will be backups playing limited minutes.

  • IUMIKE1

    Exactly. Plus it’s a lot harder to make big strides in playing better D than it is to do the same in O. I firmly believe that how far we go will depend on how big of an improvement we make in our overall D.

  • Arch_Puddington

    You have made my point exactly. I haven’t said we will be a poor defense; I have said that since we don’t know one way or the other, it is premature to say that we have improved and thus deserve a top ranking. Some people think it is CERTAIN we have improved, which, as you have pointed out quite nicely, is saying too much.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yep. And on a sidenote it will interesting to see how Jim Crews does with what most people are seeing as a team that should do quite well this season. It looks like he may get a full year audition for the head coaching job that will more than likely be open.

  • Arch_Puddington

    By that logic, Tom Pritchard should have gotten MUCH better last year, practicing against Cody Zeller. He didn’t.

  • IUMIKE1

    Very interesting…..

  • IUMIKE1

    I’m closer to being on the fence about that one than you, but, I also can’t shake the good feeling that I get about him. Here’s to hoping that both of us are right, cause if our good feeling turns out to be right, than that in itself will go a long way in how good we actually end of being come tournament time.

  • DarkSouth

    Looking at that again, the preseason AP poll is pretty impressive in picking nearly 1 in 3 national champs and 50% of title game participants nearly 6 month beforehand.

    Regular seasons just lead people into overvaluing Syracuse every year…

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I agree with you. It is a nice reminder of where the program is now compared to the last 5 years though.

  • MillaRed

    DVR. The greatest invention since basketball.

  • MillaRed

    last two games = end of year

  • MillaRed

    I think they will get good minutes and against the weaker 2nd units. Rebounding is also a huge part of defense as you know already. And these guys are going to play a lot higher above the rim than last year’s squad IMO.

    They all have another year of strength, conditioning, experience, confidence. I think we will be a very improved D personally.

  • MillaRed

    It makes you wonder if maybe he has stopped growing an inch a year for the last ten years. That is so stressful on your legs. Until that spurt is over you really can’t build a lot of bulk/strength. And it sounds like it was a stress/shin splint ordeal that is common among skinnier bigs.

    And yes, Cody is a freak. But Peter just seems leaner than him. Anyway, I think we are going to like Jurkin a lot. He and Hanner do not have tremendous pressure on them this year and I think that will help them mentally.

  • Wright Harney

    I love Cody

  • Oldguyy

    Already just SURE he’s going to go down with an injury. Anxiety is a terrible thing.

  • marcusgresham

    And if you read the transcripts, he beat the shot clock

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Peter reminds me of Louisville’s Gorgi Deng .And if he turns out like him… all the better !

  • SCHoosier

    PAH_LEE_ZE