Indiana listed at 25/1 odds to win 2016 NCAA title

  • 05/21/2015 2:04 pm in

Indiana has been tabbed as a preseason top 15 team in most of the early rankings for the 2015-2016 season and in new odds released Thursday, the Hoosiers are being viewed as a legitimate title contender next season.

Oddsmaker Bovada released updated national championship odds for next season earlier this afternoon and lists the Hoosiers at 25/1 to win the 2016 title.

Indiana is tied with Gonzaga, Villanova and Wichita State for the 11th best shot to win the title next season, according to Bovada.

Maryland is the favorite to win the title at 9/1 and another Big Ten team, Michigan State, is not far behind at 16/1.

Just behind the Terrapins are Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina at 10/1.

Other Big Ten teams on the board include Michigan (33/1), Purdue (33/1), Ohio State (50/1), Wisconsin (50/1), Illinois (100/1), Iowa (100/1), Minnesota (300/1), Nebraska (500/1) and Penn State (500/1).

The Hoosiers return four starters from a team that finished 20-14 and lost to Wichita State in the NCAA tournament and welcome McDonald’s All-American big man Thomas Bryant.

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  • millzy32

    Totally agree. Last season the B1G won the challenge but the best teams in the B1G lost their games (MSU and Wisc). Hopefully the B1G can win the Challenge again this season and finally a national title.

  • millzy32

    He started sexually assaulting people and getting caught for it. Probably doesn’t bode well for your confidence.

  • TomJameson

    Even in CTCs first 3 years at IU the defense was better than the 2015 defense … by far.

    I have been saying I’d like to see an improvement to around 100, but I think I’ll revise that to wanting (needing) a sub-100 defense by the end of the preseason. I really think it is doable given the focus the players and coaching staff are proclaiming, plus the added pieces.

    Arch is right though, it will all start with the back court.

  • hoosier93

    How much bigger is Bryant than Hanner? Hanner was a good 6-9 225-230. He definitely was a small fella and very well put together. Hanner was probably the strongest on the team also. Bryant is probably 6-10 220 right now. Both have really good wingspans. I do wish that Hanner was still around. He was basically a freshman last year since he barely played any his first 2 years and made huge strides last season. But we’ll have to replace him one way or another.

  • marcusgresham

    If you want “our best defensive team” there’s no way in hell you’d play Blackmon over Johnson.

  • marcusgresham

    Or, if Priller ever sees the floor, IU is killing somebody.

  • SCHoosier

    Didn’t say he was better than Wells..just said Winston took his position at Duke and he will be a good add for the Twerps.

  • At the Quarries

    I feel RJ might also contribute to a more versatile offense. But Crean might be thinking of grooming RJ for point guard after Yogi leaves, and therefore might have him as backup for Yogi, so he might in fact lose some minutes in return for a leading role the following year. Maybe JBJ reads our posts and takes them as a personal challenge, ha.

  • N71

    I was thinking along the same lines and was wondering how best to utilize Hartman. Do you start him at the 4 or develop him as a 2/3 where he may be able to go on and play professionally somewhere. No way he’s playing the 4 for some Euro pro team. I personally think his playing the 4 is a disservice to him and increases his chance for injury. Let Emmitt or Juwan cover the 4 spot.

  • BC Hoosier

    No way RJ plays 15 min/ game or JB low 20s. RJ will probably be closer to 25 and JB high 20s…28ish. I love TB game and think he was a huge get for IU, but I don’t see him playing 30 min/ game. He’s a freshman and true big, playing in an up tempo offense.

  • N71

    Thon Maker = or > 8 to 1

  • Hoosier89

    Against most 4’s he can handle himself, and he presents a huge mismatch at the other end.

  • BC Hoosier

    Worse than what I’m saying??? What did I actually say? You agreed with what I was pointing out to the clueless…that the ACC is a “good” conference. Never mentioned anything about comparing Big Ten and ACC top to bottom or who is better.

  • calbert40

    If you look at last year’s AdjD, it was a complete outlier compared to the competitive years of the Crean era. From the 2011-12 season through last year, our AdjD was 84th, 28th, 47th, and 214th.

    While I believe there were other mitigating factors, I believe the biggest reason for the precipitous dropoff was the lack of a true interior presence defensively. That should be remedied this season, especially if Bryant gets the 30+ mpg you suggest (I’d be okay with that too!). Yes, our perimeter D must improve, but our guards will have the ability to pressure more this season, due to Bryant being behind them. Instead of slipping past a guard and driving to the rim, they will at least have to settle for a 15′ jump shot.

    If we can get back to what we were defensively in 2013-14, this team will be extremely dangerous.

  • calbert40

    I happen to think RJ is a very valuable player for this roster. If we go with a big lineup as suggested above, RJ is our 6th man who can backup Yogi at PG, or play either wing. If RJ starts and CH comes off the bench, he gives us a second ballhandler and shooter.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make a big leap this coming season. I expect he will be a guy we don’t want playing any less than 25 mpg.

  • BC Hoosier

    Im having a hard time following you here. Not really sure how this went from the ACC not being good, to Duke being “cool” and handing out BJs because everyone else is doing it.
    Kids transfer all the time for a variety of reasons, not just playing time. Good, bad, and everyone in between can transfer.

  • hoosier93

    8 to 1? Probably not.

  • At the Quarries

    I agree about Hartman. He will be sharing minutes at the 3 with Troy, who is also more fit as a wing. Although we’re pretty saturated at the 2, I think we might see brief stretches with Yogi/Rob/James at point and Troy/Collin at the 2 (especially when we need to go bigger). I think a theme for next year is going to be “you earn your keep on offense by playing defense”, or so I hope. I don’t know if this is still the case, but I think there’s the expectation on the part of Crean and James that James will flex some muscles at the point, freeing up some minutes for Collin and Troy at the 2 (assuming that Troy’s perimeter game continues to improve).

  • At the Quarries

    It looks like Arizona State can best accommodate him mid-year, and his guardian has a strong connection to the ASU coaching staff.

  • At the Quarries

    tickled + thrilled = prilled!

  • calbert40

    Stats are great when looked at in context, aren’t they, Tom?! Much like the ’14 season’s offense was an outlier, and corrected in an offseason, I think the defense can be corrected this offseason. Bryant will help immensely, but the perimeter players need to improve as well.

    This team has the capability to be a top 5 to top 10 team in AdjO. We don’t need to be a defensive juggernaut also. We just need to be respectable. Much like UW was 1st in AdjO, they were 54th in AdjD and nearly won the national title. We could be a team like that this year, but it will take some work.

  • Ole Man

    LOL!!

  • CreamandCrimson

    “Instead of slipping past a guard and driving to the rim, they will at least have to settle for a 15′ jump shot.” That will absolutely happen and having Bryant down low as a rim protector will definitely make a difference. That being said, I think the following scenario will play out quite a bit as well (unless major, major improvement is made on the perimeter): Opposing guard slips past a perimeter defender, decides not to take the 15′ jump shot, attacks the rim, our freshman big man attempts to block the shot, there’s a bit of contact and the whistle blows, Bryant’s in foul trouble and we turn to…I guess Emmitt Holt to play out of position for the rest of the first half.

    Again, I am expecting significant improvement on D but there are certainly plausible scenarios where we end up right where we were last season and that doesn’t yield the elite results we are expecting this season.

  • calbert40

    Agree completely. But that is what the coach will be telling the team to do. What a player does in the game could be completely different!!

    The guards will have to tighten up, but I’m hopeful that Bryant’s presence will bring the death knell of the switching from man to zone with 15 seconds on the clock. That change alone will move us from the 200s to the 100s in AdjD! 🙂

  • SilentBob

    I believe Hanner is 225. Thomas was measured at 6’10.5 most recently at USA basketball and also weighing 241 lbs. Not quite sure I believe that. I’d probably go 230 lbs. But he could easily to 240 lbs plus with a good offseason. Noah gained 20 lbs in his first and only off season with us. Thomas has great shoulders that’d suggest an ability to pack on muscle. Hanner had more of a soccer players build. Though he was the strongest on the team after Devins injury, I believe Emmitt would’ve passed Hanner in the department this year. And wingspan isn’t the only thing that matters in the post. Thomas also has an absurd 9’4 stand and reach.

    Yes playing time wise he was like a freshmen. In fact I believe I posted on here a few months ago, in Hanners defense, that Okafor racked up like 300 more minutes as a freshmen than Hanner has in his entire career. But that’s also a concern. Hanner has been plagued by injuries and a betting man probably would have gambled on that happening again this year. Yes his playing time was small, but he was still here three years and failed to develop as a leader or a player who we could rely on for lots of playing time. Again it wasn’t the size I was so much concerned about. Although his presence will be missed I doubt it hurts us much outside of playing Purdue and Maryland. Although if we could grab Ododa I believe that void would be completely erased. In fact I’d probably look at it as an addition

  • BT

    Yeah I hate “boring” post play and big men.

  • marcusgresham

    If Hollywood ever decides to remake “The Addams Family” Isaac Haas is the odds-on favorite to play Lurch.

  • hoosier93

    I just think it is funny that people act like Hanner I’d 6-5 and 100 pounds. He is very well built. And a freak athletically. I just know I’ll be paying attention to what he’s doing wherever he goes. This year is Jeremy Hollowell. Hope he succeeds at Georgia State.

  • SCHoosier

    I’d have to say guard/perimeter players in cement shoes were our biggest defensive liability. Maybe somebody told them “Bill and Bill” were back there. (Russell and Walton)?

  • SCHoosier

    Does Yogi settle for that when he’s playing against a good post player? Nope he drives hoping to pick up a foul. I think opponents will do the same to us.

  • SCHoosier

    Now we’re talkin’!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Dude is a solid paint presence though. Also a 4.0 student.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Colin is a mediocre defender, slower white guy, but better than Nick. Colin is solid on offense. With all of CTC subs and his epic weave of death offense, does not really matter who starts. If he does not bench or coach players during the game on intense defense focus, it will not matter.

  • SilentBob

    I agree Hanner along with Jeremy and Stan have a world of potential they have yet to unlock. And I hope all of them find the key. Hanner has a great physique there is no denying that. But it’s more like a physique you’d find on a cyclist, soccer player, and the great jabbing boxers. That can still be successful in this sport but he will need to learn how to harness it. He flashed it a couple times last year. That spin to the middle of the lane hook he did against Wichita State was beautiful. Still needs a lot of work though.

  • b_side

    If you’re going to talk about late signings, then you also have to include Emmit Holt. While April is gone and Priller may never be a rotational player, Holt is a diamond in the rough.