Hoosiers enter top ten for first time since 2008

  • 01/09/2012 1:07 pm in

When Indiana takes the floor at Assembly Hall against Minnesota on Thursday evening, the Hoosiers will do so as a top ten team in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches top 25 polls.

After a pair of wins over Michigan and Penn State, Indiana jumped five spots in the AP Poll and four spots in the coaches poll.

The Hoosiers were last ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll on Jan. 21, 2008 and No. 8 in the coaches poll on that same date.

Four Big Ten teams — Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan — are ranked in the top 15 in both polls.

You can view the complete AP Poll here and the complete coaches poll here.

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  • Anonymous

    If we play like we did @PSU:twitter no we will not win, but this team is full of surprises.

    Let’s put it this way; I doubt that the Buckeyes will be taking us for granted at home this season!

  • Anonymous

    If we play like we did @PSU:twitter no we will not win, but this team is full of surprises.

    Let’s put it this way; I doubt that the Buckeyes will be taking us for granted at home this season!

  • Anonymous

    Gordon also finished that season one-handed, which didn’t help.

  • Anonymous

    Gordon also finished that season one-handed, which didn’t help.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I had already forgotten about him. Where did he wind up and what is he doing there?

  • San Diego St. 7ppg 6.5 rpg. He is their leading rebounder. 

  • Casey B.

    Because Butler has been really good the past few years and we’d been really terrible. If you hadn’t noticed, we didn’t exactly defend our home turf very well the three seasons prior. 

  • IUJeff

    I just don’t think we are good enough to overcome a great team and the refs on the road yet. We seem to kind of rope-a-dope teams lately. Play to their level then hang on.

    There were a LOT of calls that could have been no-calls or gone our way @ PSU but didn’t. And I do realize we shot more FTs than they did.  

    It just looked like a layup line for PSU towards the end of the game so we were fortunate to escape with the W IMO.

    I do hope I am wrong but I see us losing several road games yet.

  • Anonymous

    the Louisville C-J has a link to each AP writer’s ballot.

  • Anonymous

    Well look who knows so much. While you’ve got the crystal ball out, how does Apple stock look this time next year? Dude, anything can happen. Remember Dec 10? Did your crystal ball predict that one? Have some faith!!

  • Anonymous

    If anyone has some free time you can check out who each voter’s poll.  The 1st guy on the list may have not noticed who won and lost last week.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/external/onlinenews.ap.org/top25_basketball/men/index.php?SITE=AP

  • Derbus

    Wow, the kool-aid must be really good in your area!  A Championship team would not be making critical mistakes in games.  In fact, the coach of a championship caliber team would not start VJ after his consistent, bumbling freshman mistakes . . . plus he is shooting 40% from the field.  Lots of upside for the Hoosiers to develop, but finishing 3rd in the B10 is likely.  imho

  • Anonymous

    Go to espn.com /NCAA basketball tab/ rankings/

    Once there, find the pull down menu and in one of those options there are categories like “voters1-6” “voters 7-12” etc.

  • Stephen Jackson

    I do not believe we can win in Columbus. Ohio st. Is a top five team and I do not think any team in the country can win there. That being said, if we did win it would make us the best team in the land no ifs and or buts about it. Could you imagine?
    I had us with 23 wins just thinking that we would scrap our way through the big ten, which I thought would not be that good! Boy was I wrong. This whole team is full of pride and it starts with guys like TP and Roth. I said Tom would have a monster year with Zeller there to take the pressure off of him, wrong again but you know Tom beats Z up good in practice and it shows. Thanks to all of our boys for making this year so exciting. We are going to take a few bumps the rest of the season but who knew this team was a top 20?
    We will be chearing in march, are you serious?
    Wow go Hoosiers go

  • InTheMtns

    Gotta agree with you that it doesn’t matter where we’re ranked in January, it only matters in March.  But, gotta say, it sure feels nice being ranked in the top 10 in January. Go IU!!!

  • IU_Redzone09

    Joe Lunardi has IU as a #2 seed if the season ended today. That’s incredible.

    Anyways, it is nice to see IU in the top ten again.

    The Ohio St game this weekend will be a key measure of strong this team is going forward. Not saying if they lose, they can’t finish top 3 or 4 but it’s a good gauge to see if they learned from the Michigan St. game on the road. They will have to play with poise and toughness and withstand the runs Ohio St will put on them.

     I am not optimistic about it at all but I hope I am surprised like this season has been.

  • Matt Fortenbery

    Did you see who he has us playing in the bracket?  Cleveland State.  I’d love the get that skeleton out of the closet.

  • Matt Fortenbery

    Did you see who he has us playing in the bracket?  Cleveland State.  I’d love the get that skeleton out of the closet.

  • Shime

    Totally  agree . I do not like to look ahead but we should be preseason top 5.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    He could possibly playing ahead of Pritchard, but it probably would be based more on who we are playing and the scenarios of foul trouble instead of a set rotation with him getting minutes.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    This team is better and has more depth.  The most glaring item is that this TEAM is better at being a TEAM.  From the classroom, to practice, to fundamentals, to playing with a reason to prove something.  This team is all around better and probably closer to one another when it comes to camaraderie. I don’t think that team is a black sheep in Hoosier history, but it did end with a black eye from the conduct that wrecks the program.  Not all of the blame should have been on the players’ shoulders, but some of it should have been in reference to conduct and grades.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I second that.  Amen brother.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I second that.  Amen brother.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Michigan State and Ohio State should be included in that group to an extent.  They both have earned it to be considered an elite level program.  Maybe not historic blue bloods yet, but elite for sure. Michigan State has been pretty solid since the ’79 season with many Final Fours and a couple of titles.  Ohio State had their fair share of success in the Fred Taylor era, and have been pretty good over the last 20 years.   We are missing UCLA out of the blue blood category though.  No matter where they are, they are still have the most titles and still sit among the great programs.

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of whether people think we belong here or not…we’re back in the Top 10 in both polls. A celebration is in order at the end of the season for that accomplishment, but for now…there’s more business to take care of. Second place is just the first loser. Derbus, don’t rag on this guy…without aspirations and goals, our basketball team could mirror the success of our football program. CorMan, keep dreaming!! (NOT sarcasm).

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of whether people think we belong here or not…we’re back in the Top 10 in both polls. A celebration is in order at the end of the season for that accomplishment, but for now…there’s more business to take care of. Second place is just the first loser. Derbus, don’t rag on this guy…without aspirations and goals, our basketball team could mirror the success of our football program. CorMan, keep dreaming!! (NOT sarcasm).

  • 1FloridaHoosier

    I have to agree. I kept saying, ‘Why doesn’t someone get in front of that kid?’ There was absolutely no resistence in most of those layups! And, how tall is Frazier anyway? The way he got to the bucket so many times and with such ease, you would have thought he was 7′.

  • Anonymous

    Anything can happen in the tournament. This team isn’t perfect, but neither was the team in 2002. Not saying I think they will, but I think anyone could. Just have to get hot at the right time.

  • Anonymous

    this Hoosier team is going to be remembered as one of the all time favorites no matter how they finish up.  They are a team in the purest sense of the word.  Everyone else thought they were a collection of players that lost over 60 games plus Cody Zeller.  It seems that they took the losing the last few years to heart and looked to make improvements and it has shown as evidenced by the current rankings. 
    Keep up the hard work, learn from mistakes and prove everyone wrong.

  • Nezimmer

    HAHAHA! IU has gone from worst in the big ten to one of the best, a top
    10 ranking and a probable NCAA tourney birth and you are on a message board criticizing the coach (who was awarded midseason national coach of the year I might add). That’s a laugher. Not championship caliber coaching? Wow.

    Verdell drives everyone Nutts but in every big win he’s made a huge play in the final moments. And when Sheehey is injured….who else are you going to start?

  • Nezimmer

    HAHAHA! IU has gone from worst in the big ten to one of the best, a top
    10 ranking and a probable NCAA tourney birth and you are on a message board criticizing the coach (who was awarded midseason national coach of the year I might add). That’s a laugher. Not championship caliber coaching? Wow.

    Verdell drives everyone Nutts but in every big win he’s made a huge play in the final moments. And when Sheehey is injured….who else are you going to start?

  • Lynn Hart

    What we have with these boys is a team. If DJ or Eric was having a bad night, so went the team. I have seen so much growth and determination with this team. I believe they all can fill the gap at any given time. Sunday showed that when Cody and Christian aren’t in the grove, others can step up. And Cody and Christian do not force their game. That shows maturity and a team concept. This team is not satisfied where they are, but what they can accomplish. To see Matt step up only shows more depth. There will be others growing through practice and game experience. When Will gets back we will only be deeper. This will all help when we get deeper into the BIG. Fresh legs can take us farther. GO BIG RED!

  • IUJeff

    The crystall ball gave IU a LOT better chance at home. 

    At some point, our lack of strong PG play (the inability to feed the post or stop opposing guards from driving it down to our bigs) will bite us.   

    Ohio State will be looking for revenge and so will their refs. We will be in foul trouble @ OSU.  
    If we get past Minnesota, OSU will be the next loss for IU IMO. I am just hoping for a competitive game. 

    Book it Dano (I mean Danner). 

  • Nezimmer

    I may have misInterpreted this post. I cannot tell if this is a crticism
    Of crean or just vj3 hate.

    If it’s just vj3 I apologize for the comments related to CTC. But i
    Would still tell you to give vj3 a break. He’s been here thru it all over the past 3 years and we should be a little more grateful that he even signed up to be a Hoosier given the state of disarray when he was recruited. We may not be where we are today without a guy like him coming in and battling for the past 3 yrs. He can drive me Nutts as much as anyone but the kids scored 1000 Pts and been a big part of rebuilding to where we are today. There’s a lot to be said for that.

  • Anonymous

    I cant believe Dickie V had us ahead of Duke…Shocker

  • Anonymous

    We need to hold that RPI spot.  A two seed dramatically improves the trip through the NCAAs.  As long as we continue to win the games we are supposed to.

  • Anonymous

    We need to hold that RPI spot.  A two seed dramatically improves the trip through the NCAAs.  As long as we continue to win the games we are supposed to.

  • Anonymous

    Yes.  That was always my motivation to look at the rankings to see if we could eclipse in  some of the other powerhouses.

  • eph521

    I’d rather drink the Kool-Aid he’s drinking than the Lemonade you’re drinking.

  • Anonymous

    I respect what you are saying, but I much prefer an easier first and second round.  I’ve endured too much heartache in the past seeded 3rd or 4th and loosing to a 5 or 6 seed in the second round.

  • Anonymous

    LMAO. None of us knew the Cody affect or how improved they’d actually be. Go Hoosiers!

  • Anonymous

    LMAO. None of us knew the Cody affect or how improved they’d actually be. Go Hoosiers!

  • Anonymous

    But, this team is probably more balanced than…. I don’t know when.

  • Anonymous

    It would br really hard to win in Columbus, but possible. We’d have to hit shots and stay out of foul trouble. It would really help if WS is back and 100%. By the way, if you’re not a homer on a fan message board, that’s a you problem. These comments aren’t serious jounalism folks. It’s okay to be crazy. How bout IU over OSU by 12 in Columbus, including an alley oop dunk from Roth to Hulls

  • CorMan

    I think I will drink and keeping dreaming both.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t disagree with a single thing you mention here, but i’m going to wait until the final buzzer to make my prediction.

    I hope Hulls has an off night against MN since he seems to overachieve in the next outing (in this case, against O$U). I love Jordy’s competitive nature, but add in his limited ability to drive and finish at the rim, and you just have to wonder how he does it. Still, we are where we are and i’m optimistic about what’s ahead this season.

    What does your crystal ball say about MN and the pick to click?

  • Anonymous

    What is he doing there? I bet he’s wishing he’d picked IU instead….

  • Anonymous

    Sunday’s game against OSU won’t be as hard as the game at MSU. IU honestly matches up insanely well with OSU. They just need to remember that they must take it to Sullinger. Follow the same formula they used to beat OSU in the first game. VO can shut down Craft. I expect VJ3 to get the challenge in guarding Buford in which he did incredibly well at in the last match up. Let’s go guys show some optimism for this team!

  • Shime

    Well said. I do not know why people come on here and say totally off the wall comments. That was very well said.

  • Anonymous

    The best part of all of this is that I
    feel this current team
    Can get much better. Cody can still get the ball more, we can play
    Better D and have a healthy Sheehey.