Sporting News picks Indiana to finish 10th in Big Ten

  • 09/03/2014 8:47 am in

Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, which means that college basketball preview magazines have started to hit newsstands.

The first one out this season is The Sporting News college basketball yearbook, which is not bullish on Indiana for the 2014-2015 season.

While Yogi Ferrell is featured on the regional cover being sold in Indiana and Ohio, the yearbook picks the Hoosiers to finish just 10th in the Big Ten.

Ferrell is on the 10-man Big Ten all-conference team and James Blackmon Jr. is on the five-man all-newcomer team. Assembly Hall is recognized as the second-best venue in the conference behind the Breslin Center.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the yearbook after the jump.

· Four Big Ten teams made the preseason top 25: Wisconsin (3), Michigan State (18), Ohio State (21), Nebraska (22).

· Michigan State’s Branden Dawson is on the five-man preseason All-America team along with Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell, Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and North Carolina’s Marcus Paige.

· Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker is on the second team All-America along with Nebraska’s Terran Petteway while Frank Kaminsky is third team All-America.

· Joining Ferrell on the all-conference team are Michigan’s Caris LeVert, Kaminsky, Petteway, Dekker, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons, Maryland’s Dez Wells, Dawson, Penn State’s D.J. Newbill and Ohio State’s Sam Thompson.

· Joining Blackmon Jr. on the all-newcomer team are Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Lee, Maryland’s Romelo Trimble and Michigan’s Kameron Chatman.

· The complete predicted Big Ten order of finish: Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Maryland, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue, Northwestern, Rutgers.

· Two of IU’s non-conference opponents are ranked in the preseason top 25: Louisville (7) and SMU (25).

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  • ForeverIU

    I think us finishing 10th would be reason to address more serious issues than whether it should be Crean or no Crean. We might, for example, deal with this demon: Why haven’t we been able to attract the coach who will bring back old glories? Another question the league might address is: Has the B1G become too strong, and should it break up in a way to allow teams like Indiana to enjoy an easier regular season while still getting the quality experience that would make it a contender in the Tourney? Etc. etc. Unless these larger issues are addressed, I think we will keep struggling. I don’t think any coach in the nation (who would be available to come to IU or would want to) could consistently keep us at the top of the B1G. But what do I know? Just throwing it out there.

  • Yes Milla, I really feel they could finish that high. I do think a more likely finish would be fourth or maybe fifth, but I do think we’ll do better than a lot of posters on here do.. Varying reasons why, but I think the landscape is totally different when you have guys (and especially multiple guys), that can put the ball in the hoop. Consider of M.. At times last year when Stauskas and the guards were really hitting, they were very hard to beat. When IU took that away from them in that one game, it was a totally different game. Just think how a last minute bucket or a couple of them coming down the stretch, could’ve changed the equation, in so many games for IU last season. True we don’t have Noah for rebounding this year, but if Hanner is in fact improved and troy rebounds like he is capable.. Who knows? But we also have Davis who looks much improved, and two Freshman bigs that I believe can contribute by the B1G season.. Who know.. Oh I know “Bo knows”, but I am ‘Bullish’ on our team this year. ..

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i don’t know if i’d say the b1g is too strong, considering i still had hair the last time one of its teams won a natl championship. also, you’d have to make the same argument for the acc and big east, yet duke, uconn, syracuse, unc, ul, etc… manage to be perennial top 25 teams for the most part. not to mention, izzo and bo cryin’ don’t seem to have any problems staying at the top of the list.

  • Ole Man

    Bryce, he led the B1G in rebounding.
    No, that can’t be “replaced.”

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i have an answer to my own question…given the program”s history, facilities, fan base, backyard talent, and i’d assume a substantial financial backing from the university, i don’t think there’s any excuse whatsoever for this team to not be in the top 25 every year.

    perhaps i’m wrong, maybe i’m a biased fan who refuses to admit that IU is no longer one of the elite basketball schools, and there’s nothing that CTC, CBK, or even Norman Dale could do about it. but if i’m right, and if IU finishes 10th in the B1G this year, then that means CTC simply isn’t getting it done.

  • MillaRed

    As they say, anything can happen. 3rd place would qualify 🙂

  • Oldguyy

    As always, you deny the facts that contradict your uninformed opinion. I hope you don’t have an I.U. degree.

  • Oldguyy

    Wrong again, Ole.

  • Ole Man

    Now where did that come from? Surprised you would make your response so personal. If I’m wrong so be it. Have no problem with that. However, can you support your accusation?
    And yes, I have an IU degree.

  • Ole Man

    I sense you have a personal problem. What is it?

  • oldiugymnast

    You must live in a very small circle…….

  • oldiugymnast

    This is exactly why I am going to Tahoe in 2 weeks and betting for IU to win or cover every game this season. $110 in bets that should pay off well!

  • Rantool

    Guess that explains why I never have read or subscribe to their worthless paper! I don’t claim to be a sports writer, but I can tell you this! I.U. will be higher than 10th in the league by the seasons end! And any body that says different isn’t to basketball savy! IMHO!

  • HoosierFan76

    No need to make this personal. If you have a difference of opinion, keep it civil.

  • HoosierFan76

    Noah Vonleh averaged 9.0 rpg in 2013-14, leading the conference. Second place was Hammons at 7.4 rpg. Vonleh also led the top 100 rebounders in rebounds per 40 minutes of play at 13.6 RP40. In much much fewer minutes, Devin Davis averaged 11.7 RP40 and Hanner Mosquera-Perea averaged 11.1 RP40.

    Source: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/statistics/player/_/stat/rebounds/sort/avgRebounds/group/7

    If IU commits to hitting the boards hard as a team and rebounding well from every position, the loss of Vonleh may not be too much to overcome when it comes to getting rebounds.

  • FinEndNow

    This should never happen again while Crean is coach. People will get tired of it just like with Mike Davis. Except Davis took us to a Final Four once. Davis got fired after losing in the 2nd round of the NCAA’s. Different times. But this should never happen again. We as fans have high expectations. They need to be reached. I feel like Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Louisvilee, UCLA, North Carolina, UConn etc.. wouldn’t deal with this for long.

  • Bryce Kepner

    One of the beat writers that follows IU wrote that they worked with Crean during part of their stay in bloomington.

  • Bryce Kepner

    He averaged 9 rebounds on a team that averaged 31 a game. The games that he “missed”(ei sat out to save draft stock). The team still out rebounded their opponents

  • Ole Man

    Thanks for that info 🙂

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    I’ve been watching this team for 35 years, and this is about the least excited I’ve ever been.

    After 6 years of watching Crean make illogical substitutions, clap like a wind up monkey, ruin big men, and somehow make the most talented team IU’s had in 20 years play like 2-3 zone had been invented yesterday (‘Cuse),

    I just can’t talk myself into it any more. Just counting the months til he’s gone.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Holy crap. That is spot on.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Do not agree. At all. Marquette was glad to see him go.

    I hope he sends Dwayne wade really nice Xmas presents.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    My guess, and I know a guy who is in a position to know (for reals) is that this is his last year, unless something really unexpected(and good) happens.

  • IUMIKE1

    Take it from someone that attempted to use that process three different times (yes 3 boys my ex says her perfume was Air of Testosterone) it works less and less all the time and the questions only get more numerous. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Reading isn’t hard, but when you’re tossing that, do as I say not as I do thing, around in the back of your mind at the same time and wondering just how much longer that’s gonna work and what you’re gonna roll with after that quites working, now that’s, when reading gets hard. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    You can trust us Loop, we won’t tell a soul, nobody will ever know, I swear, help a couple of fellow Hoosier fans out, just give us a name.

  • IUMIKE1

    Me too……wait a minute this is starting to look and sound a lot like that part of every episode of That 70’s Show where they’re all in Eric’s basement sitting in a circle smiling and laughing and it’s all smokey for some reason.

  • Suomen

    Nobody is able to agree and predict where Pitino’s Minnesota squad will finish. Some say 4th in BT and top 20 nationally and other 9th in the BT and way out of top 25. My prediction: 7th in BT… but watch out for this team of veterans and the addition of at least one excellent player, Carlos Morris.

  • Ole Man

    That’s right. I’m sure we won’t remember the name!

  • Ole Man

    Literally laughing out loud!
    Ah, memories!!