Indiana picked to finish fourth in Big Ten by Blue Ribbon

  • 09/28/2016 7:22 am in

The fourth college basketball yearbook published this fall, the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, was released this week.

After being ranked No. 38 by Lindy’sNo. 12 by Athlon Sports and No. 13 by The Sporting News, the Hoosiers come in at No. 18 in the Blue Ribbon preseason top 25.

Here are some other IU and Big Ten centric notes from the yearbook:

· Thomas Bryant is a preseason first team All-American and is joined by Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Maryland’s Melo Trimble. No other Big Ten players are on the second, third or fourth teams named by Blue Ribbon.

· Indiana’s projected starters are James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Collin Hartman, OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant. That projection, obviously, was made before the Hartman injury news last week.

· Blue Ribbon projects Indiana to finish fourth in the Big Ten. Here’s the complete forecast for the order of finish: Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan State, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern, Penn State, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Rutgers.

· Blue Ribbon’s All-Big Ten team includes Bryant, Trimble, Hayes, Malcolm Hill of Illinois and Iowa’s Peter Jok.

· Hayes is the preseason player of the year and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is the newcomer of the year.

· Here’s a composite look at all of the preseason Big Ten projections announced thus far:

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  • TomJameson

    These rankings put together like this, really show the inconsistency in preseason rankings. Unfortunately for Rutgers, they are the only consistent pick, but for last place.

    Wisconsin is fairly steady at the top, but they’re pretty jumbled after that. Not really much love for the defending B1G regular season champs, and I just refuse to believe that Purdue should be ranked higher than IU.

    Overall, fodder for “conversations”, but not a lot of substance.

  • sarge

    You summed up what I was about to write perfectly. Purdue is becoming my most anticipated game of the year we their phony predictions to finish above us. I have a feeling this will give the champs more than enough fuel for their fire.

  • pcantidote

    I think FrankenHaas will start falling apart with the increased playing time and pounding on his body.

  • sarge

    hahaha, i just pictured that happening with the Purdue doctors and training staff scrambling to stitch him back together.

  • SilentBob

    Throw out Lindy’s, which everyone should, and the picture is a bit clearer if ya combine them all. Roughly seems.

    1) Wisconsin
    2) Michigan State
    3) Purdue, ever so slightly ahead of
    4) IU
    5) Michigan
    6) Maryland
    7) Ohio State

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i heard there was a national sportswriter who was recently an an iu practice and said they look really really good. in particular, JBJR, TB, and OG looked like dominant players. i think it was the dude from cbs. anyway, i’m feeling cautiously optimistic about this team.

  • Lance76

    I would like to see the 10 year statistical analysis of outcomes vs predictions from each of these publication “experts”. I like the culture being built at Indiana. I wonder how injuries will effect these outcomes,especially Hartman who seems to be a smart glue guy for us.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Make room on your wall now for a nice poster of OG slamming one home on top of Haas.

  • pcantidote
  • It was Fran Fraschilla from ESPN, on Twitter. Here’s one:

    “Observations from IU practice today: Thomas Bryant, OG Anunobe & Juwan Morgan are all much better. Freshman guards, Green & Jones impressive.”

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    aha, thanks MC. that’s good to hear!

  • Yeah, good stuff. When asked if OG would take a step offensively, he answered:

    “Very likely. A sponge for hoops knowledge.”

  • IdahoHoosier

    Very much like that yes. But with OG even higher up and more tears in Haas’ eyes.

  • Bill Graham

    Not Purdue they don’t have a point guard. Spike is not the old Spike and Edwards is unproven. Besides even V. Edwards isn’t proven as a cluth game-winning last possession player. No way they finish in the top 3. And I get the Izzo factor. But this isn’t Denzel, Forbes, and some freshmen…this is literally an entire team of freshman + Harris. I think they take some road losses and end up 4th or 5th. I say Wisky, Us, and Maryland because thats where the upperclassmen guards are. Thats who has the the guys who have played in their respective systems for awhile.

  • b_side

    MSU will start slow, like always. But they have a boat load of talent – these aren’t just freshman. These are TB-like freshman (in the case of Bridges and Langford) who will get better as the season goes on.

  • sarge

    Agreed. I think that is a very valid point. Wiscy will always be there, and you can argue the same with MSU other than this is a whole new squad basically. They will have to have great chemistry if they are to finish were they are projected. I am not saying it couldn’t happen, but it is more of a stretch to me than Wiscy and IU.

  • Ole Man

    Don’t sleep on Mich this year.
    I agree — way too much love for PUke.

  • Jay Skibbe

    FRAN FASCHILLA, OF CBS, PRESEASON RANKINGS MEAN NOTHING !!! SHOWS POTENTIAL TO BE GOOD, BUT WITH TOURNAMENTS , RANKINGS MEAN SQUAT !!!

  • sarge

    This might be my favorite IU pic of all time.