Preseason publications like IU to finish 5th in Big Ten

  • 09/17/2013 12:34 pm in


Five publications – Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon, Lindy’s Sports, Sporting News and USA Today Sports – are out with preseason college basketball preview magazines this month or early next month.

Each has a projected top 25, as well as a projected finish for the Big Ten. Indiana is No. 20 nationally in Lindy’s Sports, No. 23 in USA Today Sports, No. 25 in The Sporting News and unranked by Athlon Sports and Blue Ribbon.

But more interesting is the varying opinion on how the middle of the pack in the Big Ten could potentially shake out. While more than one publication can agree on the top three and bottom four, the middle five teams have produced a wide range of predictions.

After the jump, we’ve compiled the projected order of finish from each magazine and have then compiled the projections for a “composite” listing which averages all five and then ranks each team accordingly:

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Ultimately, these projections will be forgotten when Big Ten play begins in late December. For now, it’s an interesting snapshot at how the league is being viewed as it comes off one of the better regular seasons in recent memory.

Michigan State is the consensus favorite and Nebraska is the consensus pick to occupy the basement. Beyond that, there’s little consensus which means we should be in for another Big Ten race that comes down to the final weeks of the regular season.

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  • Quickiedahoosier

    Lets beat Wisconsin and go from there. I can’t stand to watch us get outplayed by an inferior team coached by a guy who thinks he has our number.

  • marcusgresham

    I once sat in the Illinois section (1990 NCAA tournament in the RCA Dome, 1st round–was there to see Loyola Marymount vs. Arkansas,) and I though they were the kinds of hillbillies you only find south of the Ohio River.

  • marcusgresham

    I would take it as a mature kid wanting to see the entire picture before he discusses what he wants to do.

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes that should be a B1G chip on the shoulder! Win every game at Home (9, that will be tough with MSU, WI, IL, MI, Iowa, OSU) ! Win on the road at PSU, Neb, MN, and NW. That is 13-5 in the B1G. Lose only to Syracuse away in the non-conference, that would be 13-1. For a 26-6 record. This is too good to be true! So down-grade to 24-8. But dream of getting better each and every game, and making a run to the Elite 8 in the Tourney.

  • Outoftheloop

    Why does that NOT apply to KY? Great players play great-Vonleh and Williams. Really good players play well-Fischer and Robinson. And Davis plays like a Monster! IU will pleasantly surprise! But Perea and Hollowell will become great. Yogi and Will will lead with consistency and great (NBA level) skill. Gordon will be good. That is 10 deep. When Jurkin starts playing in February and March, this could be a great defensive team. If Hartman and Etherington get hot from 3-land, this could be a Final Four team. I admit, this is very optimistic. But not absurd.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Except for Victor, none of the other 1000 point scorers consistently got on the glass like Bucky’s boys…and only Dekker returns. There is cause for optimism with Fisher, Vonleh, Williams and Perea/Davis despite the fact that they are a

  • Doug Wilson

    Finally, a Hoosier who sees this team as a competitor on the Court.

  • Hoosier Hall

    It will be interesting to see if anyone can contain LaQuinton Ross this year. He was impressive towards the end of last season.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’d look for Iowa to finish top 5. Michigan has to prove who they are without Burke before I can put them in the top 3.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t remember Yogi ever taking any games over with sharpshooting last season. I remember him hitting a few big shots late in games but I never remember him coming close to taking over that game. Yogi did a lot of good things last season but his jump shot wasn’t one of his strengths.

  • CreamandCrimson

    To be fair…he thinks he has our number because he most definitely does.

  • Dee McDonald

    Oh, I agree completely. What pUKe has that get them the ranking in the preseason is all highly ranked players. I honestly don’t want all of our recruits to be 5 stars because in every good team you need glue guys, development guys, and guys that are willing to work for a couple years to see the court. Preseason ranking are based on recruiting or what you did last year (and how much of that team is back) more than anything. I like your optimism, but this year’s team isn’t going to be ranked high in the preseason and I’m ok with that. Crean had some great pieces in place and I think we could only lose 1, maybe 2 games (hopefully none) in the pre conference and build some serious momentum going into B1G play.


    What did dorks ever do to be treated like you just treated them ? LOL




    I think I dropped the kind of drug it would take to believe that list back in the early 70’s, swore never again, and have stuck to it. While I’d love for that to even ” seem ” real, even if for a short period of time, you’re welcome to my part of that anything that mind expanding. LOL


    Think that is probably pretty close to where we will end up finishing but…..I think by the time we reach the end of the B1G season we will be better than the spot that we end up at. Feel like this team will continue to get better as the season goes on and we will lose to 2 or 3 teams earlier on that we will be able to beat at the end of the year.

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that the Tiers are : top, IU, MSU, MI, OSU; second, Wi, Iowa, IL; third, MN, Purdue; bottom NW, PSU, Neb.