Four Big Ten teams ranked in preseason Associated Press top 25 poll

  • 11/01/2017 1:13 pm in

Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the preseason Associated Press top 25 poll, which was released early Wednesday afternoon.

Michigan State, the preseason favorite to win the conference, is No. 2 in the initial AP top 25 poll and received 13 first place votes.

Minnesota (15), Northwestern (19) and Purdue (20) are the three other Big Ten teams ranked by the AP entering the season. Maryland, Michigan and Wisconsin all received votes in the poll.

Indiana’s opponent in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, Duke, is the preseason No. 1 in the AP poll.

Three other IU non-conference opponents are also ranked: Notre Dame (14), Louisville (16) and Seton Hall (23).

Ten of Indiana’s 30 games this season will come against teams ranked in the preseason poll as the Hoosiers will play Michigan State and Minnesota twice in conference play.

The complete preseason poll is available here.

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  • Indiana_Banners

    There is no justification to even vote for Wisconsin in the preseason poll unless you’re voting strictly for the program without paying any mind to their roster. Michigan and Maryland both have a much stronger argument to be included at the tail end of this list.

    I can’t wait until lazy writers and journos can use that justification for Indiana again.

  • BBB

    Preseason awards, polls, etc. are meaningless predictions. They don’t require justification. It’s the same thing every year when a freshman gets a preseason “award” and people get all bent out of shape like, “He’s never played a game in college!!!!!”

    It’s a prediction. It’s based on whatever that person wants to base it on. If they’re wrong, it just makes them look foolish. That’s the only incentive to justify it. Otherwise, they can pick whomever they choose.

  • Arch Puddington

    The outrage over pre-season rankings mystifies me. It’s all for fun, and doesn’t mean anything other than that we like to read about and discuss sports. Words like “lazy” and “biased” are themselves kind of lazy and biased. If sports writers have any reason to be biased, it is primarily related to money. Newspapers and magazines in particular are struggling to stay profitable, and even a major players like Sports Illustrated and ESPN have had to reduce staff. The idea that anyone in that world — much less everyone — would deliberately downplay the odds of a program like Indiana, which has among the most loyal fans in the sporting world, or that they would put forth lazy predictions rather than give them serious thought, is silly. Some journalists are better than others, naturally, but you’d have to believe in quite a conspiracy to believe that literally every sports journalist and publication in the country, including Alex Bozich and ITH, are either too lazy or too biased to see things properly.

  • Ivan Renko

    completely off topic — but i noticed Miles Bridges is wearing a headband in the photo.

    can’t remember where this was being discussed (on another post here or in the premium), but several people wondered why OG wore a headband in HS and now again on the Raptors, but not while he was at IU. Several people stated headbands are illegal in NCAA play, I think including Alex…

    So headbands allowed in the NCAA, yay or nay?

    the game pictured looks like when MSU went to cameron last year for the Big10 ACC challenge, so wasn’t a scrimmage or exhibition game

  • bball at nick’s

    Maybe not a “conspiracy,” but it doesn’t mean there isn’t an innocent sort of collusion. And no, not with the Russians, for Heaven’s sake. How? Publications and journalists are not so much concerned about making the wrong prediction as they are making the wrong prediction that stands out from all the rest. So they all pick up on some initial chatter, which mostly has to do with the most recent available data, and the chatter becomes common wisdom, and it spreads, and it turns into predictions and rankings. We, as readers, have to deal with such seemingly contingent prognostications being shoved down our throats (don’t tell me I have the choice of avoiding these articles, lol — I don’t have this sort of willpower). Therefore, if we choose to combat a journalism of expediency with epithets of “laziness”, we are perfectly justified. LOL.

  • Indiana_Banners

    It was a team rule under Crean. You’re allowed to wear them, I know Cousins always wore one including at Kentucky

  • Ivan Renko

    I see, thanks for the clarification!

  • bball at nick’s

    Three predictions for Darius to Vandy came in today, including from Andrew Slater. Unfortunate. Sigh.

  • N71

    Just saw that…concerning for sure.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    So headbands and wristbands that are a different color (e.g., pink, purple, etc.) for awareness causes (cancer, etc.) are actually against NCAA rules? Interesting.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    preseason polls mean nothing but the spartans should win the big ten by at least 2 games. just my opinion and hopefully the Hoosiers will finsh in the top half

  • TomJameson

    Preseason polls really don’t mean much, but they are mostly correct about the top tier teams. Yeah, they might be off a spot or two, but generally speaking, they at mostly correct. ALL teams will improve as the season goes on. Consistencies and inconsistencies will start to show, and the polls will get better. But I’d bet that MSU will be at or near the top the entire season. I’d love to see IU climb into the top 25 somehow, but mostly just want them to get a halfway decent seed in the NCAA.

  • TomJameson

    I’ve said my piece about the lack of respect IU gets because of the weight of some factors being considered are, IMO, out of balance. You Arch, are the only one who uses the word “conspiracy”.

    I haven’t seen anybody else use that word. Lack of respect, or love, yes. I, and nobody I’ve seen anywhere else, has said that there is a conspiracy against IU.