Indiana ranked preseason No. 28 by Lindy’s Sports

  • 09/05/2014 10:35 am in

Earlier in the week, we shared some preseason prognostications from The Sporting News college basketball yearbook and now a second college basketball annual has arrived.

The Lindy’s Sports college basketball preview for the 2014-2015 season is predicting a bounce back season in Bloomington as it has the Hoosiers ranked No. 28 in its preseason top 40 and also has IU as a NCAA tournament team.

Lindy’s has Indiana as the eighth place team in its Big Ten preview, but has nine of the league’s 14 teams in its preseason top 40.

Junior point guard Yogi Ferrell is featured on a regional cover for the magazine along with Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the yearbook after the jump.

· The nine Big Ten teams in the preseason top 40 are Wisconsin (2), Ohio State (14), Nebraska (19), Minnesota (21), Illinois (22), Michigan (24), Iowa (26), Indiana (28) and Michigan State (35).

· The Big Ten is rated the second best conference in the country behind the ACC.

· Troy Williams is recognized as one of the country’s 10 breakout players, a list that also includes Michigan’s Zak Irvin.

· Ferrell is ranked as the nation’s 20th best point guard, is third team All-Big Ten and is listed as the league’s “best playmaker.”

· James Blackmon Jr. is listed as the league’s best incoming shooter and also as the recruit who will “have the most impact.”

· Two of IU’s non-conference opponents are ranked in the preseason top 40: Louisville (11) and SMU (17).

· The complete predicted Big Ten order of finish: Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers.

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  • Bryce Kepner

    None of them?? Doug McDermott was a starter on that team as well as Tyler Haws from BYU, both were two of the top scorers from 2013. McDermott was by far one of the best players in college basketball that year.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Perhaps I should have started out “Most of the best…”. Being able to score points does not automatically translate to being one of the “best” players in the game. Think about Jimmer Fredette, Deshaun Thomas, Adam Morrison, Reggie Hamilton, Erick Green, and others who led the NCAA in scoring but were liabilities on D, couldn’t or wouldn’t rebound, etc. McDermott got a lot of love from the media because of his ability to score points. I’ll give you props on him, but Tyler Haws–in mid-2013? Granted, he’s getting some attention from the press now, but back then he was just another 6’5″ scorer/shooter.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Even though they had bad pro careers Adam Morrison and Fredette were pretty much the best players in college at the time of their careers. Maybe I should’ve said that Jimmer, Morrison, McDermott were the best scorers in college basketball. Heck even if you say McDermott was all hype, he won every single major award that a college basketball player can win. I do follow BYU basketball pretty heavily and Haws is one of the best scorers in the nation, has been for a bit now. So who then were the “best playes” in college that McDermott, Haws, Yogi, Sheehey, Payne, etc were filling in for?
    i can already see that you have your mind made up so no matter what point I make you’ll just refute it.

  • Daniel

    Haha please tell me that was supposed to be sarcastic. Did you read the comment above? Half of the players who go to UK wouldn’t have even gone to college if it wasn’t for the one and done rule. Forget the edge they have coming in mentally and skill wise from playing in national events and having 100k plus youtube hits, just look at their bodies. Most of our freshmen aren’t even physically ready to battle teams like Indiana State day in and day out let alone Michigan State. Now why Crean chooses to more aggressively pursue lesser-known high ceiling players as opposed to more college ready players can be questioned, but he seems to be doing a lot more of it since his failure with “the movement.” Hopefully, if not this year then next year when most of our starters will be upperclassmen, it starts paying dividends.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    Probably so, the more I think about it. Playing off the ball might really help yogi and help the team…settle him down and help his consistency. And it would be difficult to play off yogi and offer help D. But I’m concerned about lack of size in the conference. So maybe some size comes in and yogi sits for a bit. Anyway, I like watching yogi play although its been up and down as a fan. I hope yogi finds consistency. That’s what I want to watch for this year because if its there IU will win 20+

  • kaponya44

    Or how about after seeing a season of Yogi doing too much, his supporting cast affords him the luxury of playing the well rounded role a very good Jr PG is capable of learning to adapt to. He played the understudy role his Fr. season and the guy doing too much last year. It is happy medium time…. Believe. Lol

  • HoosierGrampy

    Bryce: McDermott was a 1st team AA but didn’t win ANY other awards in the 2012-13 season. The most recent World Games were played last summer. Simply looking at the 2013 All-Americans/NBA Draft entrants, there were a lot of names that sort of jump out as being arguably “better” than many of those selected for the team: Trey Burke, Victor Oladipo, Shane Larkin, Shabazz Muhammad, Otto Porter, Cody Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, Ben McLemore, Michael Carter-Williams, C.J. Leslie, Mason Plumlee, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Marcus Smart, Nelens Noel(out w/ACL tear), Deshaun Thomas, Reggie Bullock, etc. Looking at the players on that team, it’s no surprise that they didn’t do any better than 9th Place in the Games. I recall the crap RMK got in ’84 for not selecting Charles Barkley to the Olympic Team. Although he was perhaps the “best” baller in the tryouts, RMK remarked that he couldn’t trust CB to play team ball and would not risk losing a game to someone who wanted to sort of polish his own star. Barkley later came to agree w/Knight’s assessment of his mindset at that time and I believe to this day respects the decision to not be chosen. Point being that the “best” players do not always make the “best” team. Seeing the attitudes expressed by some of today’s ballers, I’m pretty sure that some of them either turned down the opportunity to play or made their lack of interest known to the media…so perhaps the best available players were selected.

  • calbert40

    I would like to think that I am not looking through my crimson-colored glasses, but I think they are going to be awful. Hammonds is very good, but he is incredibly inconsistent. Smotherman and Scott would be end of the rotation players for us, and we are a middle-of-the-road team in the B1G. Those guys are going to be counted upon heavily.

    Their starting lineup will be something like Stephens, Scott, Smotherman, Hammonds and Davis. Haas and Edwards should be good, but who handles the ball for this team? Who is their shooter(s) who spread the floor? This team is all dribble penetration with two bigs. Teams will just pack the floor against them like they did us last year. I’d be shocked if they finished above 10th. Shocked.

  • BallCW3

    Stop viewing Yogi as an elite point guard. Last year was a good year where Yogi turned a corner improving his scoring. He did not have any shooters around him that he could pass to but he still made some of the same mistakes as a freshman. His leadership to be honest is most likely not going to happen. Not every point guard can be a floor general and not every point guard is the leader to the team. You saw the poor decision he made in the off season(caught with a fake id a week before his birthday) with a younger player(Stanford Robinson), an example of his poor leadership. Yogi has 2 seasons left to be the point guard we hope he can be, but I don’t see it happening.

  • Bryce Kepner

    None of the players you mentioned, except Smart, were even eligible to play in the world university games. They all had declared for the 2013 NBA draft (which was less than two weeks after the University games). Plus you listed Olynyk, who could never play for the US because he is Canadian. So I definitely understand what you are trying to state but your argument holds no water cause all the players you mentioned werent even eligible to play.

  • HoosierGrampy

    1. Forgot Olynyk was from North of the border. My bad!
    2. Was not aware that players who declared for the NBA Draft were ineligible for FISU World Games play since their rules for “Eligibility: The Universiades and Championships are open to all student athletes that have not been out of university or an equivalent institution for more than a year, and that are aged between 17 and 28. Any association which is a member of FISU may enter a team or an individual competitor. Entries are accepted from any country eligible for the Olympic Games and from any national federation affiliated to the appropriate international federation.”
    3. If USA Basketball/NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement rules preclude players who have declared for the draft from international competition, the USA may never win another World Games championship. 9th place is hardly something to want to brag about imo.