Indiana ranked No. 15 in Associated Press preseason top 25

  • 11/02/2015 1:18 pm in

The Indiana Hoosiers will begin the 2015-2016 season ranked in the Associated Press top 25 poll.

The preseason poll, released this afternoon, has Indiana slotted at No. 15. Five other Big Ten teams are ranked: Maryland (No. 3), Michigan State (13), Wisconsin (17), Purdue (23) and Michigan (25).

The Hoosiers are also ranked No. 15 in the preseason USA Today coaches poll. The Hoosiers are also ranked No. 4 preseason by Lindy’s, No. 13 by Blue Ribbon and No. 15 by The Sporting News.

Duke, who Indiana will play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 2 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, is ranked No. 5. Two of Indiana’s potential opponents in Maui are also in the poll. Kansas is No. 4 and Vanderbilt is No. 18. IU’s Crossroads Classic opponent in December, Notre Dame, is ranked No. 19.

North Carolina is the No. 1 team in the AP Poll.

The complete poll is available here.

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  • TomJameson

    Man-o-man … Shouldn’t hear anyone complaining about a “cupcake” pre-season this year. LOL

  • whomikewho

    Off topic but on my mind.

    I do not think OG is done growing. The way he runs and moves just seems awkward. He hasn’t grown into his body..which is even encouraging on top of the way he has been performing.

  • DavidForReal

    At the scrimmage Saturday, I couldn’t get over how BIG his legs are – if he grows into those things (and I’m inclined to think you’re right) he’s going to be a monster!

  • Young Hoosier

    This is s fairly good spot. Will be an interesting year I think. How’s the defense, Crean’s job, a tournament run will all be topics. Idk about about the 2nd two. Crean’s job should not only depend on the teams court success but also off the court and the recruiting trail. As for a tourney run it just depends on the matchup. Now for the defense… there is one thing Crean and Co can do to help our defense if it is struggling. Slow the ball down. This team can score in multiple ways. Getting to the bucket, mid range, 3 pointers, cutters, back foors, post play, pick and roll, pick and pop… so playing a half court game shouldn’t be out of the equation. The best teams can play fast or slow. You look at Duke and Wisconsin last year. They could play either way. You look in the NBA at teams like the Spurs and Warriors. Remember Brad Stevens Butler Bulldogs? They could play whatever. Bobby Knights teams back in the day could as well. You have to. You have to pick and choose when to push the ball and when to slow down. When you decide you’re going to play one way only is when you lose. Gotta be able to adjust to the game and to the situations within. We’ll see if not only the team has grown but if Crean has grown within these terms as well. So far this summer I haven’t heard him mentioning pushing the ball like crazy.

  • Ole Man

    LOL is correct. Can’t remember who it was, but someone already has.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    saw an interesting stat showing the defensive rankings of the final 4 teams the past 4 years. not all that surprising, only one team was higher than 50 (what i did find surprising, that team was vcu). IU was somewhere in the 200s last year.

  • SilentBob

    Not about IU, but I feel like UNC is an ultra conservative pick for number 1. Probably because outside of Simmons, who is playing at LSU of all places, there is a lot of uncertainty with the incoming freshmen class and how they fit at their schools. But UNC didn’t bring anything in and lost their best defender. I have a lot of respect for Williams as an Xs and Os coach, but when it comes to coaches who really excel at player development, Williams isn’t exactly the first name to come to my mind. A lot of that probably has to do with the fact he mainly recruits players who are already highly skilled coming out of high school and have limited upside as a result. They do have one raw(ish) player in Pinson, who is the likely candidate to replace Tokoto, but based off what I saw last year it’ll take a pretty massive leap to fill Tokoto’s absence. Berry is an underrated player but I’m not sure if he has the shot to usurp Nate Britt. I’ve also heard Jackson has had a great offseason, but I’m not sure if he has the killer instinct to replace an inconsistent Marcus Paige as the leader in crunch time.

    Yea they’re a solid team who have a lot of experience together. And they played Wisconsin pretty tight in the sweet 16. But as I saw in the Wisconsin game, I just don’t think they have the individual star power to put them over the top come March

  • IUJeff

    Let’s please never use that photo of Yogi ever again. Please.

  • marcusgresham

    That’s what I’ve been saying. Glad someone else noticed it. His thighs are alarmingly thick.
    I also think he’s still growing and even told him so during the autograph session at Hoosier Hysteria.

  • Oldguyy

    Wisconsin was 54th in defensive efficiency just last year, according to Pomeroy. Michigan State was almost that low, at 47th.

  • marcusgresham

    I just wonder how long the NCAA is going to drag things along before the hammer falls on UNC….and I also wonder if that hammer wouldn’t have already fallen if it were only the football program involved and didn’t include members of one of the NCAA’s darling programs like the UNC basketball team.

  • Young Hoosier

    But they weren’t in the 200’s. Or around 100. 54 isn’t bad. And didn’t they have a Top 5 offense?

  • Young Hoosier

    I think UNC will be good. Good rebounding team. They have Berry and Pinson (who we fans were wanting REALLY bad).

  • hardly

    I agree!

  • hardly

    Also tough for the NCAA to drop the hammer when it had previously cleared the program of any wrongdoing….gives us great confidence in the NCAA’s investigative process.