Indiana ranked preseason No. 12 by Athlon Sports

  • 08/27/2016 7:53 am in

The Athlon Sports college basketball preview magazine hits newsstands on September 6 and as we mentioned earlier in the week, Indiana’s Thomas Bryant is featured on one of the regional covers.

We’ll have a more detailed post with some IU and Big Ten centric notes once the magazine is officially released, but Indiana is ranked No. 12 in the magazine’s preseason top 25.

Here’s what Athlon says about the Hoosiers:

Thomas Bryant’s return was a huge boon for the Hoosiers’ hopes to repeat as Big Ten champs. Veteran Yogi Ferrell is gone, but OG Anunoby is ready to become a star.

Other Big Ten teams in the preseason top 25 include Wisconsin (10), Michigan State (11) and Purdue (14).

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  • TomJameson

    I think 12 is a good place to start. If we can do well in the pre-season, I think we start the B1G season as a top 5 team.

  • SCHoosier

    Sounds about right…again “It’s not where you start..it’s…(you know the rest)

  • The new mantra: This is the year!

  • straight no chaser

    #12 means we don’t reach the Elite Eight, which means been der done dat.

  • VegasHoosier

    4 Big Ten teams in the Top 15? Yowza.

  • Ian Karanovic

    #12…if the PG position was thought to be solid, IU would definitely be ranked inside the top 10 based on our very strong frontcourt, shooting ability, versatility, and what I think will be a good defense (especially around the paint and deep inside).

  • Jay Skibbe

    COULD BE !!! BANNER 6 ?

  • Jay Skibbe

    RJ AND THE TRANSFER FROM PITT WILL BE SOLID AT THE POINT !!!

  • sarge

    If the other highly ranked Big Ten teams do well prior to conference play, we can keep a decent ranking throughout the season (provided we win some big games too). It definitely gives a good impression on the strength of the Big, and could mean a better seed in this season’s big dance. I am surprised with all the talent that left last season we are so competitive.

  • SilentBob

    I could see Izzos club taking some Ls early unfortunately. Hopefully the rest can do their share, but with as much talent as MSU lost there is sure to be a bit of a rough transition phase even with the talent they brought in.

  • Ms hoosier

    I think our gaurds will be Way better than people are giving them credit!!

  • Ian Karanovic

    I think so too, I was just trying to think like the know-nothing national “analysts” 😉

  • Ian Karanovic

    PSU and Ill. should also be improved. I do not think they are Big Dance teams, but PSU has increased its talent level substantially (albeit in the form of freshmen) and the Illini have a lot of experience coming back that has some talent and shed some trouble makers. I think UM will be a tourney team with all of those young players maturing some more and probably better health (how could it be worse?). To me OSU and NW are unknowns, meaning I have no idea what to expect after so much turnover at OSU (granted, the defections were not big time players) and the graduation of two 4 year guys at NW.

  • sarge

    We play a schedule that gives us the chance to show we are great. As with last season though, it could also show us the complete opposite. We play very tough opponents and far more terrible ones. So if we don’t win the big matchups early, we may have to wait until conference play to get a good idea of what we have. I don’t like to panic if we lose early in the season, I want to win when it matters most. It can drive you insane if they struggle through.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Oh make no mistake, this is the year. I feel it in my bones.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    With all these players that can play solid D (yes, yes….including an IMPROVED on D, JBJ) as well as a great front line with depth, awesome returning AND incoming guards and wonderful team chemistry, I really think this team has what it takes to go all the way. Wait and see….

  • Missing Moye

    While I appreciate everyone’s optimism, I’d like to see some actual improved defense out of JBJ instead of some wishful thinking. I’d think another knee surgery probably didn’t actually help the situation…

  • KelvinSampson87

    Your right. A 3 seed making it to the elite 8 is totally unheard of and we all know pre-season rankings aren’t meant as a fun way to talk about teams with potential but to actually predict tournament results.

  • straight no chaser

    If preseason rankings are for fun, then I proclaim us #1 !!!! LOL.

  • Jay Skibbe

    ALSO ONE OF THE GUARDS RECRUITED WAS RATED VERY HIGHLY AS WELL !!

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I have plenty of faith in this squad. Enough to go around if you need some.

  • John D Murphy

    I saw an analysis 4 or 5 years ago that preseason rankings correlated more with tournament results than final rankings. Wish I would have bookmarked it.

  • John D Murphy

    Well said. Our 4 tough preseason games will determine how we are thought of nationally. 0-4 disaster. 1-3 bad. 2-2 ok. 3-1 pB1G finish. 4-0 paves the way to a #1 seed.

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  • SilentBob

    Now that’d be an interesting read.

  • Outoftheloop

    OK! You can’t comment until 12/01/16. By then you will actually see it or not!

  • Outoftheloop

    Change “solid” to “great” and your post makes sense! That IS why IU is ranked #12. Our PG position is only solid, not great, to the outside world. But Robert, Josh, Curtis, DeVonte, and James can make it great!

  • Bill Graham

    I disagree with MSU being ranked above us…they are unproven and they lost a ton of pieces…and there is no way that anyone in their right mind would say that a starting five of:

    1. Harris
    2. Langford
    3. Bridges
    4. Clark
    5. Schilling

    is better than

    1. Johnson
    2. Blackmon
    3. Hartman
    4. O.G.
    5. Bryant

    Hands down we are better than they are… they replaced 4 starters….we replaced 2…

  • Bill Graham

    I hope that leprechaun loses every single game this year.

  • VegasHoosier

    Well, they do have a great class coming in and have a far better coach. And Izzo actually challenges his players with a tough schedule while our’s feasts on cupcakes.

  • Ian Karanovic

    Is Clark in your starting 5 Marvin Clark? if so, he is now at St. John’s, I believe.

  • Ian Karanovic

    Thanks, you are correct! The position should be solid, but needs to be great for IU to make it far this season. If that piece is cooking, IU will have a heck of a season.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    More likely 5-6 . 12 is a slap in IU’s face.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t think Izzo is a “far better” coach. Better record, tons more experience, but not so much better that he should get an automatic win for it. His players still have to play.
    Don’t know all his pre-season games this year yet, but last year had a bunch of cupcakes as well. Just like all the top-notch blue bloods. Hahaha … check out UKs schedule sometime.

  • TomJameson

    Love your optimism, but (for me) top 5 is a goal going into the B1G. I’m okay with a 12, and don’t consider it an insult. Too many questions, and I can understand that. You know … last year’s injuries, PLUS losing Yogi, Troy, Nick, and Max … that’s a lot of production that is missing.

    I agree that the injuries are behind us, plenty of recoup and rehab time there. I also agree that there will be some player jumps that will pay big dividends and recover some of the production lost, and I think the defense will improve (as will JBJ’s defense). The offense will be different, but will still be pretty effective. Just my opinion, and won’t be proven/disproven until play starts.

    But I am optimistic!

  • I am Baby Cakes

    #12 but better bring it or Kansas and Louisville will make us look like a team from the SWAC.

  • Bruce Clark

    I believe we are a much deeper team this year. Williams was basically a ‘zero sum player’: his turnovers offset his successful offense. With OG starting, we are much stronger and will be more efficient at the 3 (and let’s not discount McSwain) . I believe both Morgan and Davis will be major contributors this year at the 4, and our depth at both the PG and SG positions is a luxury few teams have.

    Looking forward to a great season!

  • bleeding crimson

    Of course all of this will be dictated by how we do in the b10. I don’t like our last 5 games 4 of which are on the road. Pluse the 1st half could be a blood bath. If we can go 3-1 as you suggested and only lose a say 2 games in the first half of the big10 and kill the last 5 games that will set us up as a 1 no lower than a 2 seed, esp if we will the B10 outright.

  • bleeding crimson

    at the end of the season a #12 ranking could mean such but top 5 would put us right in the hunt for banner #6.

  • bleeding crimson

    regardless, Izzo some how every years has his team ready for the big dance.

  • bleeding crimson

    I don’t know….he reminds me of RMK when he could take a avg group of kids and make a hell of a team. Coach Izzo seems to do the same when he has a good core coupled with avg players…every year he’s in that position.

  • bleeding crimson

    If coach just plays his players in their correct position 1-5 than we should be great, not saying we can’t switch it up from time to time but the majority of the time he needs to stick with his 4 and 5 spots consistantly throughout the season and not experiment with silly rotation as we’ve have seen in the past.

  • bleeding crimson

    I agree with all of the injuries but the rehab time won’t allow them to practice at full strength and now gel our starting line up until B10 season. The good thing could be it will give our bench more time to get into the flow of OUR game and when we do sub they should be right on to gel as a team in the rotation.

  • bleeding crimson

    I agree, this is where we have several options at the 3 spot, not always going to a 3 guard line up shorter than 6’4.

  • bleeding crimson

    What is everyone’s starting line up with everyone healthy by B10?
    1. RoJo (Newkirk)
    2. JBJ (several)
    3. OG (J.Morgan)
    4. D Davis (open)
    5. TB (D Davis)

    2nd option is just subs, which is the hardest for me to speculate.
    Just curious of what everyone is thought is on our starting 5.

  • CreanFaithful

    What happened last year?

  • arguably the biggest upset of tournament history. They should have been a #1 seed.

  • I think you gotta go with Hartman over Davis. Otherwise yours is mine.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Thanks Tom. All my best.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Deer/bow season in three weeks here in Illinois.