Labor Day has come and gone, which means that college basketball preview magazine have started to hit newsstands. And as we mentioned earlier today on Twitter, Indiana is being touted as a preseason top 25 team by Lindy’s Sports and The Sporting News.
The Hoosiers are No. 20 in the Lindy’s Sports preseason top 25, which has a regional cover featuring Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Purdue’s Terone Johnson and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant.
And in The Sporting News preseason rankings, the Hoosiers are slotted in at No. 25. The Sporting News regional cover sold in Indiana features Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft.
Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from both previews are available after the jump:
· Five Big Ten teams made the Lindy’s Sports preseason top 25: Michigan State (1), Ohio State (6), Michigan (10), Iowa (17) and Indiana (20).
· Six Big Ten teams made The Sporting News preseason top 25: Michigan State (2), Michigan (7), Ohio State (11), Wisconsin (14), Iowa (23) and Indiana (25).
· The Sporting News ranked the top ten newcomers in the Big Ten and three IU freshmen made the list. Noah Vonleh was No. 1, Luke Fischer came in at No. 5 and Troy Williams was No. 6.
· The Sporting News picked Indiana to finish sixth in the conference while Lindy’s Sports likes the Hoosiers to finish fifth.
· Lindy’s Sports ranks Ferrell as the 19th best point guard nationally and Will Sheehey as the 24th best small forward. Lindy’s picked Ferrell as a third team All-Big Ten selection.
· The Sporting News ranked the top five coaches in the Big Ten as Tom Izzo, Thad Matta, John Beilein, Bo Ryan and Tom Crean.
· The Sporting News ranked the top ten players in the Big Ten, a list that didn’t include any Hoosiers.