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.
Indiana basketball’s multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) added a fifth consecutive score of 1,000 under Tom Crean, according to data released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA.
The program also received an APR Public Recognition Award for the third straight year.
Here’s the full release issued by IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the third straight year, Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean will see his program earn an APR Public Recognition Award which is given to high-performing teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their particular sports. Thirty-nine institutions were honored.
“Our staff and Marni Mooney keeps all involved on task, the players understand our commitment to their education, and everyone in the program takes tremendous pride in our academic success,” said IU coach Tom Crean. “Our players consistently exceed their own expectations and reach new heights that are as rewarding an achievement as they experience.”
Former Indiana guard Stanford Robinson will continue his college career at Rhode Island. Robinson announced the news today on his Instagram account.
Robinson averaged 3 points and 1.9 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season and chose the Rams over VCU. As a freshman, he averaged 6.4 points per game and had a career-high 17 points in IU’s win over Iowa at Assembly Hall and 13 in IU’s win over No. 3 Wisconsin.
However, after his playing time diminished this past season, Robinson cited playing time and location as the factors for his departure from Bloomington.
“I hope to find something that is closer to family and where I can have more of an impact on the court,” he said in late March in a release. “I’ve loved everything about being at IU and am thankful for the support of Hoosier Nation.”
The Landover (Md.) native was a member of IU’s 2013 recruiting class that also included Collin Hartman, Devin Davis, Luke Fischer, Noah Vonleh and Troy Williams.
Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the Indiana men’s basketball program for “not living up to their responsibilities to the program,” IU announced late Thursday afternoon.
“Indiana men’s basketball announces that sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program,” a release stated.
Davis was cited on Monday evening for possession of marijuana when officers arrived at a dormitory room on IU’s campus after receiving a complaint about the smell of burnt marijuana. Mosquera-Perea, who was not cited, was with Davis in that room.
Indiana announced an indefinite suspension for Davis on Tuesday and also said that it was reviewing Mosquera-Perea’s involvement in the incident.
Davis, a Warren Central product, missed the entire 2014-2015 season following his involvement in a car accident in the early hours of Nov. 1, 2014, after which he has battled a traumatic brain injury.
Former Indiana forward Max Hoetzel will continue his college career at San Diego State, he announced today on his Instagram account.
Hoetzel averaged 2.4 points and 1.3 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season and chose the Aztecs over Rice and UNLV.
The Calabasas (Calif.) native was a member of IU’s 2014 recruiting class that also included Emmitt Holt, James Blackmon Jr., Jeremiah April, Robert Johnson and Tim Priller.
He appeared in 31 games at Indiana and shot 34.5 percent on 3-point field goals in 7.7 minutes per game.
Indiana forward Devin Davis, who missed all of last season following a traumatic brain injury, was cited for possession of marijuana on Monday night by the IU police department.
The news was first reported by Mike Miller of The Herald-Times.
Davis was cited just after 8 p.m. after the IU police department was called to Hickory Hall, which is on Union Street. According to IUPD, officers could smell marijuana coming from an open second floor window and found marijuana in Davis’ backpack. He was cited for marijuana possession under 30 grams and will have a court date.
IU announced early Tuesday afternoon that Davis has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.
“We have been made aware that Indiana sophomore Devin Davis was cited by IUPD for possession of marijuana in an IU dormitory room last evening,” IU media relations said in a statement. “Effective immediately, Davis has been suspended from all team activities. Any additional action related to Davis’ status will occur after further review of this matter. We understand that junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was present at the time of the incident but was not charged by IUPD. Mosquera-Perea’s role, if any, will also be reviewed as part of this matter.”
Davis, a product of Warren Central, was hospitalized for 19 days following an accident last November that also involved Emmitt Holt, but was able to return to school for the second semester and even dressed for IU’s final regular season game against Michigan State.
He also traveled with the team for several games during the second semester.
It’s been more than two weeks since our early look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten and there’s been no shortage of news in that span around the Big Ten including a major de-commitment, NBA draft decisions and a few new commitments.
Here’s our updated look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season.
Illinois (19-14, 7th place tie, NIT first round)
· Arriving: Aaron Jordan, Darius Paul, D.J. Williams (247Composite top 100), Jalen Coleman (247Composite top 100), Mike Thorne (Graduate transfer from Charlotte)
· Departing: Aaron Cosby (transfer), Ahmad Starks (graduation), Austin Colbert (transfer), Nnanna Egwu (graduation), Rayvonte Rice (graduation)
Notes: There haven’t been any changes in recent weeks for the Illini, who have the No. 18 recruiting class in the country according to Scout.com.
Indiana (20-14, NCAA tournament round of 64)
· Arriving: Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby, Thomas Bryant (247Composite top 100)
· Departing: Jeremiah April (transfer), Max Hoetzel (transfer), Stanford Robinson (transfer)
Notes: Indiana received a major boost in late April as Yogi Ferrell announced that he will return for his senior season. That was followed by news that Jeremiah April will transfer, which puts the Hoosiers at 13 scholarship players for next season.