The new KenPom.com ratings are out for the 2016-2017 season and Indiana will begin the season in the top 20.
IU will begin the season at No. 16 in Pomeroy’s ratings, which is just the fifth highest ranking for a Big Ten team. Last season, Indiana was No. 13 to start the season in KenPom and finished the season at No. 11.
The rest of the Big Ten is ranked as follows: Wisconsin (8), Ohio State (13), Michigan State (14), Purdue (15), Michigan (31), Maryland (48), Iowa (55), Northwestern (61), Illinois (70), Minnesota (71), Nebraska (87), Penn State (98) and Rutgers (191).
The Hoosiers sit at No. 7 nationally in offensive efficiency in the preseason, according to Pomeroy and at No. 50 in defensive efficiency. Indiana finished last season ranked 59th nationally in defensive efficiency.
Pomeroy projects IU to finish 11-7 in the Big Ten alongside Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue. The overall record projected for the Hoosiers by Pomeroy is 22-9. Last season, Pomeroy projected Indiana to finish 12-6 in the Big Ten and the Hoosiers went 15-3.
The highest rated non-conference opponents on IU’s schedule according to Pomeroy’s ratings are Kansas (3), North Carolina (5), Louisville (9), Butler (19) and Fort Wayne (126).
Indiana also plays four opponents ranked 300 or worse in Pomeroy’s ratings: SIU Edwardsville (300), Southeast Missouri State (313), Delaware State (335) and Mississippi Valley State (336).
Filed to: Ken Pomeroy