Indiana tops preseason Associated Press top 25 poll

As expected, Indiana is the No. 1 team in the preseason Associated Press top 25 poll released today after receiving 43 of 65 first-place votes from a panel of national media. The Hoosiers are also No. 1 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN coaches top 25 poll.

Indiana’s last appearance at No. 1 in the Associated Press top 25 poll came during the 1992-93 season.

This is the third time Indiana has opened as the preseason No. 1 team in the AP poll.

The Hoosiers were the preseason AP No. 1 in 1975-1976, when they went undefeated and won the national championship and also in 1979-1980.

As was the case in the USA Today/ESPN coaches top 25 poll, Louisville and Kentucky round out the top three.

The complete top 25 is available after the jump.

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Podcast on the Brink: James Blackmon Jr.

Wonder what it was like to be a recruit at Hoosier Hysteria? We’ve got you covered.

Podcast on the Brink is back this week with IU class of 2014 recruit James Blackmon Jr., who discusses his recent trip to Bloomington and what other recruits are thinking about Indiana.

Hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein talk with Blackmon Jr. about his recent discussions with Tom Crean, what it was like for his younger brother Vijay to receive an IU offer and how his rehab is going from a spring ACL tear.

Later on, friend of the show and ITH writer Justin Albers joins the program to deliver the latest on Troy Williams and news from around the recruiting trail.

The three also discuss Derek Elston’s injury and who will likely step up in his absence.

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop us a note at podcastonthebrink@gmail.com. And check back next week for another episode in which we’ll discuss IU’s exhibition opener.

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Indiana leading chase for 2013 forward Troy Williams

Hoosier Hysteria made quite the impact on Troy Williams.

The 2013 recruit had been targeting the spring to commit, but his timetable has been accelerated following his official visit to Bloomington last weekend. Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, is the No. 32 prospect in the 2013 class, according to ESPN.com.

Indiana coach Tom Crean traveled to watch Williams play in a scrimmage at Oak Hill following Big Ten Media Day Thursday night, and rumors surfaced that a decision was imminent.

His uncle and AAU coach, Boo Williams, shot that idea down.

“Indiana is leading,” Boo Williams said, “but I don’t think anything is going to happen tonight.”

Troy Williams admitted earlier this week that the Hoosier Hysteria experience had moved Indiana on his list of suitors, but he shied away from saying the visit was better than the one he made to North Carolina a week earlier. But he was certainly blown away by the atmosphere.

“I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse,” Williams told Inside the Hall on Monday. “There’s a fan difference as in who likes their basketball more, but I wouldn’t say there’s a difference in how I liked them.

“I didn’t know that their basketball meant that much to them. It was more people than I thought would show up.”

Williams reportedly finished the scrimmage on Thursday night against Hargrave Military Academy with 16 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

Notebook: Media Day buzz firmly affixed to Hoosiers

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The preseason accolades continue to pile up for the cream and crimson.

As Big Ten Media Day kicked off Thursday morning, it was announced the media selected the Hoosiers as the favorites to win the conference. Cody Zeller was named the Preseason Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection for first team All-Big Ten. It was hard to find a seat at Tom Crean’s table during the media breakout session. And once Zeller made himself available, his table was equally sacked. As the day wrapped, one national media observer joked Zeller looked like LeBron James with all the attention.

This much is true: Eyes, lots of them, are on the Hoosiers.

But the theme remained the same since Crean and his team started stepping in front of the cameras and microphones again this fall: They simply are’t letting it get to them. The questions about preseason hype and pressure continued to trickle out of the media’s collective mouth on Thursday, and the same answers were given once more. Christian Watford said the team isn’t really paying attention to all of it.

And Crean continues to contend it’s not affecting the squad’s habits or work ethic. In fact, they’re working even harder.

“What matters is, are they challenging each other? Are they competing? Are they absorbing the competition and are they hungry to get better? I don’t see any sign of that not being the case,” Crean said.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is hearing similar.

“Those same players that had failure for two years had success last year,” Izzo said. “What are they going to do with it? What did they do in the offseason? Everything I’ve heard from Tom and everybody else is that everybody’s worked even harder.”

The Zeller-Andrew Luck comparison

Cody Zeller was a likely lottery pick after last season, but decided to come back for a sophomore campaign in Bloomington. Zeller enters the 2012-13 season at No. 2 on ESPN’s Chad Ford’s Top 100 List for NBA prospects, but there’s chatter a junior season isn’t out of the question for the 7-footer.

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HD Video: Jordan Hulls at Big Ten Media Day

Here’s over five minutes of Jordan Hulls’ breakout session at Big Ten Media Day.

Hulls talks about Derek Elston’s injury, college hoops in the Midwest, his new teammates and more below:

HD Video: Derek Elston talks injury at Big Ten Media Day

Derek Elston was one of four Hoosier players available for interviews at Big Ten Media Day in Rosemont, Ill. on Thursday. A big topic of discussion were the specifics surrounding his torn left meniscus.

Watch and listen to what he had to say about it:

Transcript, Video: Tom Crean at Big Ten Media Day

Indiana coach Tom Crean took the podium today at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois at the Big Ten’s annual media day. Full video of his press conference is available below and a transcript is available after the jump.

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