Indiana at No. 26 in initial ratings

  • 10/27/2014 8:37 am in

Ken Pomeroy released his preseason ratings for the 2014-2015 college basketball season and the stats guru’s model is bullish on Indiana.

Pomeroy has Indiana at No. 26 in his ratings and projects the Hoosiers to finish 20-11 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten along with Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota.

The four Big Ten teams ranked ahead of IU in his initial ratings are Wisconsin (6), Michigan State (12), Ohio State (14) and Michigan (15).

The Hoosiers sit at No. 21 nationally in offensive efficiency in the preseason, according to Pomeroy and at No. 40 in defensive efficiency.

The highest rated non-conference opponents on IU’s schedule according to Pomeroy’s ratings are Louisville (3), Georgetown (22), Pittsburgh (23) and SMU (36).

Indiana also plays five opponents ranked 300 or worse in Pomeroy’s ratings: Savannah State (300), Grand Canyon (305), New Orleans (332), Lamar (345) and Mississippi Valley State (346).

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  • IUfanPurduePhD

    So he puts IU in a six-way tie for fifth? Ha, I’ll take it.

  • hoosierfan2336

    Wishful thinking. What a pleasant surprise this would be.

  • CreanFaithful

    6 way tie – Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota.

  • ForeverIU

    Lol ten B1G teams to the Tourney!

  • Hoosier Taxidermist

    The man is a genius. He only missed their win/loss record by 1.
    I have them at 21-10 with 10 wins in the conference. But I’m wishing for more and I’m optimistic that they could win 23 games. Did I just type that? Maybe I’m pumped a little waiting for the season to start. HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS!!!

  • I really believe this team can finish in the top 4 in the B1G. I’m not sold on any B1G team other than Wisky. Having a team that can flat out shoot and score does wonders for a team. Not many teams will be able to defend us. People are blowing the front court situation out of proportion. We dont need pts. from the front court at all. We need rebounds and rim protection. I believe we will get that from what we have.

  • Ole Man

    It’s true, what you say. However, every other coach and team in the B1G, other than Wisky, is believing the same thing. Why? Because it’s true.
    It will come down to team execution, coaching, and breaks.
    IU could be anywhere from 4th to 10th depending on those factors.

  • Ole Man

    I’d put Ill and Neb as the “A” teams of that grouping; just slightly ahead of the others.

  • Kyl470

    I think there will be a lot of teams around the 10-8 or 9-9 mark in the conference.

  • ForeverIU

    Of course we have a front court, and of course we need points in the front court to average 78-80 ppg, which is how we will end the regular season in the top 3. Our front court is called Emmitt-Devin-Hanner. How can we discount these fantastic players?

  • inLinE6

    I hope from next year we don’t have to see as many 300+ teams on the schedule. That’s insane for a blue blood.

  • Zach

    Do you guys think this is realistic? I sure hope it is. Their is so much inexperience with our team, i could see us being in the top 25 at times this season. On the other end of the spectrum, I could see us having another rough season and missing the tourney. What do you guys think?

  • ty_smitty21

    KenPom is arguably the best projection system in college hoops. Usually very accurate. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to see IU at number 26. I think last year’s team underachieved, but this year’s team will overachieve how many think about them. The backcourt is going to be one of the best in the nation I think

  • ForeverIU

    Some interesting stats on AdjT (adjusted tempo) from Kenpom. We rank 60. Iowa is the highest ranked in the B1G at 47. No wonder, they are our nemesis with the fast-paced uptempo game (averaged 80 ppg last season). Projected above us also is Maryland. Purdue projected 62. The rest of the B1G is way low on tempo. In 2012 and 2013 (our good years) we ended both seasons ranked around 108 in tempo. Last season we were 63. So we played faster last season and turnovers were one consequence. One reading of all these numbers is that we are tending toward higher tempo and lower turnovers (fingers crossed), although I think turnovers will always be higher with uptempo teams. Notice also that some of the “weaker” teams in our pre-season schedule are very uptempo teams: New Orleans (10), UNC Greensboro (12), Eastern Washington (16) … and some teams we’re playing are not projected high uptempo this year, but were last year.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Lots of happiness over .500 B1G record….This is Indiana??

  • millzy32

    Coaches get paid a lot for having 20+ win seasons. How do you make sure you get more 20+ win seasons? Two ways. Play more games. Or. Wait for it. Wait for it. Schedule Cream Puffs. It drives me crazy too. Would be better off scrimmaging or just having a hard practice than play some of the teams on the schedule.

  • Outoftheloop

    The only thing that MI St, OH St and MI have over the rest of the B1G in the race for #2-10 is highly respected and proven coaches! Let’s go Tom Crean prove yourself!

  • Outoftheloop

    …and 8-10!

  • Outoftheloop

    2nd-10th! MI St, OH St and MI have huge question marks as well!

  • Outoftheloop

    No way will I take that! With our “media perception” problem, Indiana would be out of the Tourney again!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Well, you might have to take it. Is it a “media perception” problem”or an “Indiana roster” problem / “Indiana wasn’t very good last year” problem? You can say that we’ll finish third all you want, but you probably said that last year, too…

  • sean

    I agree completely, but what our recent schedules haven’t done a great job of is to schedule cream puffs that don’t drain our RPI. It may not seem like a big difference to us fans, but there is definitely a difference between playing, say, the 3rd best team in a mediocre conference and the 10th best team in a terrible conference.

  • sean

    According to these projections, the middle of the conference is going to be wild. 7 teams between #s 26-40. Anyone who can correctly predict the order of those 7 (let alone the whole league) should get a prize.

  • Alford Bailey

    Exactly what I’ve been saying. Our shooting will hide some of our other deficiencies.

  • TomJameson

    Ole Man, as much as I like arguing with you I have to say I agree with you; all the B1G teams probably think they are special. Those 4 words alone (“I agree with you”) rates more than an up-arrow. LOL


    Scary, lol, exactly what I was thinking, ceiling being 4th with it not being a total surprise every person that watches college bball if they end up 10th. I think the teams that finish from 4th to 8th will have pretty much the same conference records and it could very well come down to how well you did against quality pre-conference opponents when the selection committee takes the last two or so from the B1G.

  • b_side

    Thankfully we do travel in droves and the NCAA, being the business that it is, does care about ticket sales. And luckily Athlon and the Sporting News don’t have any representatives in the Selection Committee.

  • Eugene Debs

    Tell Ken to pass the dutchie from the left hand side….

  • Michael

    Big ten championship isn’t proof?

    Complaining is finding faults. Wisdom is finding solutions. Sounds like you have issues you need to figure out.

  • Ole Man

    LOL, Tom! Thank you! It’s been a rough day. That gave me a belly laugh that I really needed!!

  • Caleb Moore

    Didn’t help us last year on the nit bubble. We need to be back in the tournament this year and should be. James is very good, yogi is an excellent PG in this type of offense. Troy is going to be a beast if he can stay healthy. Good depth albeit young. Should be fun to watch them grow. All good kids.

  • b_side

    Disagree that we were a bubble team last year. Had we beaten Illinois, then maybe. But without an NIT bid, it’s a tough argument to make.

  • Bryce Kepner

    THe rest of the blue bloods play their fair share of cup cakes as well

  • Bryce Kepner

    People complained about the cupcake issue when Davis was here as well and one year with Davis we scheduled one of the toughest pre conference schedules and lost a decent amount of games pre conference, went on to do very well in Big Ten play but it didn’t matter cause of the pre conferences losses.

  • Sam

    Don’t you think perhaps “the media” is giving IU negative points in the game-time coaching category, and down-rating us where we have shown some glaring weaknesses in the past? Even regardless of the tremendous talent and athleticism of this year’s Hoosiers…

  • HoosierFan08

    I don’t know about you all, but this debating about whether we make the tournament or not makes me want to puke. I’m tired of par and sub-par Indiana Basketball…I want a championship and I want it now

  • BC2

    can’t win a championship without getting into the tourney. uconn proved last year that anything can happen once you get in the tourney.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Oh cool! You found a magic wand! Hurry! Hurry! Wave it!…

  • Outoftheloop

    No! One B1G Championship coupled with two Sweet Sixteens is enticing, promising, above average, but not respected and proven coaching!

  • Outoftheloop

    That is not me. I am the guy who predicted that Max would win the HH 3 point contest! Did you?

  • Michael

    I smirk every time I read a fan talking about crean not being proven or respected.

    It’s funny because no one has any real evidence of this from his peers.

    And why does he have such a good staff if he isn’t proven of respected?

    Lol people love to praise izzo, but disregard the fact crean is apart of his coaching tree.

    Awesome stuff