Indiana tops preseason Associated Press top 25 poll

  • 10/26/2012 12:10 pm in

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.

1. Indiana (43)
2. Louisville (20)
3. Kentucky (2)
4. Ohio St.
5. Michigan
6. NC State
7. Kansas
8. Duke
9. Syracuse
10. Florida
11. North Carolina
12. Arizona
13. UCLA
14. Michigan St.
15. Missouri
16. Creighton
17. Memphis
18. UNLV
19. Baylor
20. San Diego St.
21. Gonzaga
22. Notre Dame
23. Wisconsin
24. Cincinnati
25. Florida St.

Others receiving votes: Murray St. 59, VCU 58, Saint Louis 46, Texas 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph’s 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Kansas St. 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami 8, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, N. Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Lehigh 2, Stanford 2, Colorado St. 1, Oral Roberts 1.

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  • HoosierTrav

    Hoosiers Baby!!!! )

  • SCHoosier

    Geez..that’s great..but why do I feel like this is a “trap shooting” contest and IU is the clay target?

  • DarkSouth

    More like hunting a hungry Liger?
    Most of the non-conference foes are hunting with a pellet gun.

  • Having this team compared to the 1975 and 1979 teams says something. Those teams did well – I was there in 75 and they finished 1st in 76, and the 1980 Isiah team with Tolbert, Woodson and Wittman was pretty good (esp the next yr). I like the Chemistry and focus this team has – this could be something special.
    Alex – which player is in front of Zeller in Fords NBA list?

  • Most of the conference foes are shooting with a pellet gun

  • Most of the conference foes are shooting with a pellet gun

  • Jethro Troll

    I realize it’s been awhile since IU was in this position, but someone is ranked #1 every year. This really isnt that big of a deal. Rankings mean much more to fanbases than to the teams.
    Being hunted keeps you sharp. This shouldnt be looked at as a detriment.

  • IULaw79

    Nerlens Noel is currently #1 of Ford’s list

  • Pritch24

    Wow. Seeing this hard work finally pay off is an incredible feeling. But, we haven’t done anything yet.

  • Pritch24

    Wow. Seeing this hard work finally pay off is an incredible feeling. But, we haven’t done anything yet.

  • CrouchingTigerHiddenHoosier

    I would LOVE to see Cody dominate Nerlens in the paint. Noel is a great shot blocker no doubt, but Cody’s offensive game is off the charts.

  • ballsdeephoosiers

    is this real life?

  • ballsdeephoosiers

    is this real life?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I commented the following words on an earlier thread this but it was kind of late and the thread quickly was covered up by new material. I feel it still applies here so I made a few mods and would like put it up again if some would like to read it. If not then skip it. I apologize if it seems overstated or redundant by posting it again. Not my intent at all. Some may understand, but few know how important Indiana Basketball is to me, how I grew up, what kind of bond it meant to share it with my deceased grandfather who took care of me as his own child for much of my life because my dad worked 90 to 100 hour weeks to support us. I feel this is the best site to lay it out there and talk with fellow Hoosier fans, so like an Brian Evans bomb from deep I will let it fly again once more.

    While I am reveling in the fact that we are the preseason #1, I also realize it is where a team finishes the season is what matters. There will be bumps in the road and challenges to face each and every day for this squad. We know this by now and as Indiana fans we should never forget our history. In regards to that history, IU could very well have 8 titles instead of 5 when looking at key injuries during a National Title contending season.

    If CTC has the right mindset instilled in our players (I believe without question he does) and mentally coaches our players to overlook the hype then we will be more than fine in the end. I completely believe there is a hunger with this squad, and a banner is going to be the only thing to satisfy them.

    On a perception level from the outside world looking in at us a National Championship would be downright amazing compared to where we have recently been (although our fan base expected success all along). Winning a Big Ten Championship (regular season and tourney) would go a long way as well towards proving Indiana is relevant again. It is hard to be a top 3 program in the country year in and year out (which is what we want and believe we are when the dust settles) when simply a conference title has been a very elusive quest for the last 20+ years.

    Indiana’s national perception market share (for a lack of better words) and which program is actually viewed to represent the Big Ten as the standard has been reduced by consistency of other programs by said programs becoming more viable. Programs like Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State namely.
    These are solid programs that in the past (before Indiana’s decline) who on average had a great season out of every 3-5 seasons or so while Indiana was near or on the top of the class year in and year out. For the last 15 years Indiana, in all honesty, has been chasing at least one if not all three of these programs in the conference. Then so follows chasing them in the national picture.

    Perception is reality, and Indiana needs to own the Big Ten without any questions, to reclaim their national perception market share, and I believe this year will be the start of that process.

    It takes this process and subsequent steps to get back to what our expectations are as a fan base and then winning over the national perception. The outstanding fact is that at the very moment our boys are groomed and on their way with recruits heading down the pipe with stars in their eyes once again. The story unfolded and the chapters continue to unfurl.

    First came in state recruiting, and Coach conquered that. Next, CTC and Indiana last year finished locking up the state and taking the borders back within game play. We were not beat in the state of Indiana by an instate or bordering rival. As a team Indiana made that step and placed themselves back in the national picture. Now Indiana must make take the conference and make it theirs once again.

    Logical thinking should tell us since the Big Ten is up and now the best conference in the country two years running so naturally the national perception of greatness would soon follow for Indiana if they take ownership of the conference again. It is now up to CTC and our team to do what we believe they are capable of. I hope coach is making them believe in themselves but also getting them to believe that the work is far from done and they can be beaten any single night by anybody who is getting hyped up to play IU.

    Indiana’s time as darlings and the sweet return story will be short lived because the giant of Old IU is waking up. When this giant wakes up then the beat downs of everyone else will ensue at home and on the road. When the beat downs start ensuing then that is when Indiana will get booed every where they go for every game they play. Being booed can be a huge compliment and I can’t wait.

    Over the years it seemed the national audience eventually loved to hate us. Indiana was the benchmark, but to be the benchmark you had to beat the benchmark. For years Indiana was the regular on CBS and people got their fill of Indiana. Don’t think for a second that many people nationally were distraught when Indiana faltered and started to decline. Basketball purists realize what Indiana means, but the average fan just wanted us to go away.

    Now Indiana is back, but there is still work to do for several years to become a constant again. Basketball is life for many of us including myself. Obviously, family and priorities always come first but Indiana is not far behind and is a family member in itself to me.

    Seeing IU great again and proving so many people wrong hits a very personal chord with myself and without question I believe and cannot wait until this comes to fruition. I believe in our team, coaches, and fellow fans. We are lucky to have what we have. With that said I will say…. GO IU!!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I commented the following words on an earlier thread this but it was kind of late and the thread quickly was covered up by new material. I feel it still applies here so I made a few mods and would like put it up again if some would like to read it. If not then skip it. I apologize if it seems overstated or redundant by posting it again. Not my intent at all. Some may understand, but few know how important Indiana Basketball is to me, how I grew up, what kind of bond it meant to share it with my deceased grandfather who took care of me as his own child for much of my life because my dad worked 90 to 100 hour weeks to support us. I feel this is the best site to lay it out there and talk with fellow Hoosier fans, so like an Brian Evans bomb from deep I will let it fly again once more.

    While I am reveling in the fact that we are the preseason #1, I also realize it is where a team finishes the season is what matters. There will be bumps in the road and challenges to face each and every day for this squad. We know this by now and as Indiana fans we should never forget our history. In regards to that history, IU could very well have 8 titles instead of 5 when looking at key injuries during a National Title contending season.

    If CTC has the right mindset instilled in our players (I believe without question he does) and mentally coaches our players to overlook the hype then we will be more than fine in the end. I completely believe there is a hunger with this squad, and a banner is going to be the only thing to satisfy them.

    On a perception level from the outside world looking in at us a National Championship would be downright amazing compared to where we have recently been (although our fan base expected success all along). Winning a Big Ten Championship (regular season and tourney) would go a long way as well towards proving Indiana is relevant again. It is hard to be a top 3 program in the country year in and year out (which is what we want and believe we are when the dust settles) when simply a conference title has been a very elusive quest for the last 20+ years.

    Indiana’s national perception market share (for a lack of better words) and which program is actually viewed to represent the Big Ten as the standard has been reduced by consistency of other programs by said programs becoming more viable. Programs like Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State namely.
    These are solid programs that in the past (before Indiana’s decline) who on average had a great season out of every 3-5 seasons or so while Indiana was near or on the top of the class year in and year out. For the last 15 years Indiana, in all honesty, has been chasing at least one if not all three of these programs in the conference. Then so follows chasing them in the national picture.

    Perception is reality, and Indiana needs to own the Big Ten without any questions, to reclaim their national perception market share, and I believe this year will be the start of that process.

    It takes this process and subsequent steps to get back to what our expectations are as a fan base and then winning over the national perception. The outstanding fact is that at the very moment our boys are groomed and on their way with recruits heading down the pipe with stars in their eyes once again. The story unfolded and the chapters continue to unfurl.

    First came in state recruiting, and Coach conquered that. Next, CTC and Indiana last year finished locking up the state and taking the borders back within game play. We were not beat in the state of Indiana by an instate or bordering rival. As a team Indiana made that step and placed themselves back in the national picture. Now Indiana must make take the conference and make it theirs once again.

    Logical thinking should tell us since the Big Ten is up and now the best conference in the country two years running so naturally the national perception of greatness would soon follow for Indiana if they take ownership of the conference again. It is now up to CTC and our team to do what we believe they are capable of. I hope coach is making them believe in themselves but also getting them to believe that the work is far from done and they can be beaten any single night by anybody who is getting hyped up to play IU.

    Indiana’s time as darlings and the sweet return story will be short lived because the giant of Old IU is waking up. When this giant wakes up then the beat downs of everyone else will ensue at home and on the road. When the beat downs start ensuing then that is when Indiana will get booed every where they go for every game they play. Being booed can be a huge compliment and I can’t wait.

    Over the years it seemed the national audience eventually loved to hate us. Indiana was the benchmark, but to be the benchmark you had to beat the benchmark. For years Indiana was the regular on CBS and people got their fill of Indiana. Don’t think for a second that many people nationally were distraught when Indiana faltered and started to decline. Basketball purists realize what Indiana means, but the average fan just wanted us to go away.

    Now Indiana is back, but there is still work to do for several years to become a constant again. Basketball is life for many of us including myself. Obviously, family and priorities always come first but Indiana is not far behind and is a family member in itself to me.

    Seeing IU great again and proving so many people wrong hits a very personal chord with myself and without question I believe and cannot wait until this comes to fruition. I believe in our team, coaches, and fellow fans. We are lucky to have what we have. With that said I will say…. GO IU!!

  • stroot

    I definitely agree with your general message… but, man. Paragraphs. C’mon.

  • indianaohindiana

    cautious optimism…

  • indianaohindiana

    cautious optimism…

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    LMAO, obviously you didn’t read my apology clearly stated at first. It’s all good though. What can I say? I am just a passionate person who is excited about our Hoosiers this year. Surely we can agree on that can’t we?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    LMAO, obviously you didn’t read my apology clearly stated at first. It’s all good though. What can I say? I am just a passionate person who is excited about our Hoosiers this year. Surely we can agree on that can’t we?

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    remember we are the hunter!!! banner hunting!!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I hope Fish has a few more epic radio calls left in him over the next few years. Without him it wouldn’t be the same!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Yes it is! Can you believe it?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Yes it is! Can you believe it?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Watched the Blue-White game on tv the other night. I was not impressed with his discipline. He made some good plays, but only a penny in his shoe would have made him any more of a loafer.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I agree. If you worry about it then it becomes a distraction. If you embrace it and wear it then it becomes swagger.

  • stroot

    I actually did, but like I said — paragraphs can go a long way in a giant comment like that. I agree with your premise, but a giant wall of text doesn’t exactly encourage people to read it from start to finish.

    I feel your message would have gotten across to more people if you simply split up the content into a bunch of easier-to-follow blocks, kinda like this reply.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Thanks and point taken. This is the only message board or forum I go online and interact with so my experience is somewhat limited I guess. I don’t have a lot of time to even post on this one either.

    I will work on that going forward, and try to be more concise.

    I will go back and make a change if it helps too.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Thanks and point taken. This is the only message board or forum I go online and interact with so my experience is somewhat limited I guess. I don’t have a lot of time to even post on this one either.

    I will work on that going forward, and try to be more concise.

    I will go back and make a change if it helps too.

  • wow someone is a bit moody…how do you get a neg vote for letting me know this….appreciate the info – too bad KU bailed on us. I watched the full access piece for about 10 minutes and their touted PG was almost in tears after Cal blistered him. He (PG) will be the key to success. I think KU will not be in the top 10 by the end of the season….Nerlens however is pretty good…nowhere near CZ.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    School would be in session with a Zeller Noel matchup. Especially if it was the first Saturday in December.

  • IULaw79

    yeah, i wasnt saying i agreed with it (I don’t)…i was just passing along the info lol

  • SCHoosier

    Too bad you don’t still have a class to submit this too..pretty good essay:)

  • SCHoosier

    Too bad you don’t still have a class to submit this too..pretty good essay:)

  • SCHoosier

    At least we didn’t get the ultimate curse of the SI cover..then again the season is still young.

  • SCHoosier

    After hearing what Izzo thinks of his team at the B-10 coaches meeting, I would beg to disagree…as would Michigan, OSU and lord knows who else before the season is over.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Thanks. If I win the lottery I will retire and then enroll in Bloomington as a freshman. That would be a good plot for a movie. Maybe get Will Ferrell to do it. Hmmm, come to think of it that wouldn’t be a bad sequel for the Old School movie.

  • DarkSouth

    Even Nebraska at least carries a musket…don’t take them serious and get too close and you’ve got a problem.

  • DarkSouth

    Even Nebraska at least carries a musket…don’t take them serious and get too close and you’ve got a problem.

  • Matt

    Kenneth, have you even looked at what the other B1G teams are bringing to the table? There are 4 other B1G teams in the top 25…2 of which are also in the top 5 with us and I wouldn’t be surprised if one or two more teams from the B1G crack the top 25 polls this year.

  • CreanFaithful

    Most people would simply scroll past it if they didn’t have the patience/desire to read sooo many paragraphs (13 at my count).

  • jermhoosierfan

    I have said for years and believe it to be true. The Big Ten is best when Indiana is at the top of it. I have always felt and believed it. Maybe that is the fan coming out of me, but the rest of the country thinks of Indiana in terms of Big Ten basketball more than any other school. It is like they think of Michigan and Ohio State when it comes to football.

  • marcusgresham

    Didn’t Rodney Dangerfield do that, too? “Remember, son. You’re a Mellon.”

  • marcusgresham

    Didn’t Rodney Dangerfield do that, too? “Remember, son. You’re a Mellon.”

  • marcusgresham

    I bet Cody would crush him on “Jeopardy!” as well.

  • smartybucket

    I watched more than 10 minutes. Saw the bit on the other 7 footer, and the contrived meeting with Joe-B(A) Hall (Hole). That other 7 footer looked pretty good too. I think they will be good, but we’ll see. With teams with so many one and dones, its pretty tough to know – and they don’t want to play a very tough preseason as we all learned so that makes it all the tougher to know how good they are. I have a funny feeling they will be an obstacle in our path this year.

  • smartybucket

    I understand – I guess if you mention anything KU, you will get negative votes. We could be shunned for watching/mentioning their show last night, but I wanted to see what we could be dealing with. No point in putting the head in the sand. Parts were vomitus though.

  • DannerPerea

    KU is Kansas…are you guys meaning sUcK? Coach Cal is there.

  • BigRedFan94

    He’d beat him at a spelling bee… or tic-tac-toe.

  • HoosierMitch

    I’m sure the NCAA would love to have us match up in the tourney somewhere down the road.