Hoosiers open at No. 1 in preseason coaches poll

As expected, Indiana opened as the No. 1 team in the preseason USA Today/ESPN top 25 coaches poll released today.

The Hoosiers lead three Big Ten teams in the top five. Ohio State is No. 4 and Michigan is No. 5

Overall, five Big Ten teams are in the first coaches poll. Michigan State is No. 15 and Wisconsin checks in at No. 21

The complete top 25 is available after the jump.

1. Indiana
2. Louisville
3. Kentucky
4. Ohio State
5. Michigan
6. N.C. State
7. Kansas
8. Duke
9. Syracuse
10. Florida
11. Arizona
12. North Carolina
13. UCLA
14. Michigan State
15. Creighton
16. Memphis
17. Missouri
18. Baylor
19. UNLV
20. San Diego State
21. Wisconsin
22. Gonzaga
23. Notre Dame
24. Florida State and Texas (tied)

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.j.almendarez Johnny Hoosier Almendarez

    Go Hoosiers!!!!!

  • stroot

    Expectations are as high as they can possibly be right now. #1 in USA Today/ESPN, 6-to-1 odds to win national championship, #1 in most other national preseason polls. Let’s hope this serves as even more motivation for this incredibly talented team.

  • CutterInChicago

    Woo hoo!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Time to go to work. Embrace being the target, never take a play off. Every single game will be someones biggest of the year. Expect to be fought tooth and nail every single step of the way because a win against Indiana could be the difference in that team dancing in march or playing in the NIT. Win ‘em all boys!!! GO IU!!!

  • MillaRed

    BOOM! ESPN said it. They ran 13 commercials when they said it. But they said it.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    CTC needs to instill in this team that they are the hunter not the hunted. as in BANNER HUNTING!! LETS DO THIS!!

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Look at how loaded the B1G is, Wow!

  • calbert40

    This is great, but I’d rather be #1 the first weekend of April!!

  • KevOMG

    Hoping for an unbeaten record looks very difficult with that Big10 showing in the Top 25. Wow, tough league…

    Prove me wrong Hoosiers!

  • calbert40

    And I think Minnesota cracks the Top 25 at some point this season. I think they are a sneaky good team that people outside of the B1G are ignoring. Also, I think Iowa could step into that 5/6 slot in the B1G too. The B1G will be a test this year, no doubt.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    A few thoughts, kind of like rambling…
    1.how does Texas make the top 25? Cameron Ridley is a solid addition but come on.
    2. Michigan State is being underestimated.
    3.Cincinnati is better, IMO, than several of these teams.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Matthews/1457776139 Dylan Matthews

    Wow, IU is playing 8-9 reg. season games vs. top 25 teams. It’s too bad the UK or Kansas game fell through, but IU will have plenty of tests, especially in Big Ten play.

  • catronhoosier

    I agree about minnesota. Tubby Smith is a good coach and they have athletes all over the court. i expect us to lose about 4 games this year and i could very well see a loss at minnesota. I wouldn’t bet against us in that game but it wouldn’t be a shock at all

  • jack_j100

    I think WI does have a talented team, but (and many would disagree) I think they are poorly coached. Next to Matta, he gets less out of more than anyone in the B1G.

  • TJ91

    Less out of more? Most of the players on that Wisco team are 3 star recruits and they are almost always ranked in the top 25. Dozens programs throughout the country would die to have that kind of production without elite players.

  • mbellew77

    The big ten is going to be an absolute war this year. Whoever comes out on top will have definitely deserved the title!

  • dfitz

    Four seasons and 1 week to go from worst to first!!!!!
    CTC’s first team debuted as the lowest ranked team in the BIG and near the bottom in the nation. One week after season 4 the polls started putting IU as #1. The off season and the preseason have cemented that ranking.
    Congrats to CTC, the staff and the players. Well done.
    Now let’s show the pollsters they are correct. Go Hoooooosiers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.evers.7 Brandon Evers

    Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!!! All those haters and nay-sayers out there try to keep you down. I just tell them we will be back,Because IT’S INDIANA,IT’S INDIANA. Now we are BACK WITH A BANG #1. Ready for HOOSIER HYSTERIA Sat night @the Carnegie Hall Of College Basketball!!

  • HoosierDavey

    It’s better to be #1 at the end, but it is still awfully sweet to see a #1 by Indiana at ANY point after the past 4 years!

  • Kentc

    One advantage to being #1 is that us out of state fans will actually get some IU coverage. This may not surprise you but the Seattle Times does not do a lot of IU reporting… Go Hoosiers!

  • IUMIKE1

    Agree, Bo makes a face a lot of the time that makes one wonder if he is giving birth without the benefit of meds or if he is battling long term & severe constipation or both at the same time. All the while playing a style of bball that rivals watching paint dry when it comes to excitement. All jokes aside tho, I agree, he does get a lot out of what he has to work with. If memory serves me right they have finished fourth or higher in the B1G every year he has been there. Hell there is probably more than one school in our own conference alone that would be very happy & content with that. It will be interesting this year to see if the highly rated Dekker will be satisfied playing that style throughout his collegiate career or if he will decide it’s worth the extra time to play a very different somewhere else. After watching him play more than a time or two and some of that in person, IMHO that could very well happen.

  • A_Schick

    Mbakwe may be doing jail time so let’s hold off on MINN for a bit.

  • martyks

    Especially the Kansas possibility. That would have been special. I wish we could get a series going between these two great schools. The history of both programs makes it a natural and KU is closer than you think… an I-70 series.

  • ME

    GO BIG RED

  • ME

    GO BIG RED

  • Philly

    HOOSIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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