Indiana ranked preseason No. 13 by The Sporting News

  • 09/16/2016 1:14 pm in

We recently shared preseason projections from the Athlon Sports college basketball preview and the Lindy’s Sports college basketball preview, which had differing opinions on Indiana.

Now the third preseason college magazine preview magazine out this fall, published by The Sporting News, is on newsstands. Here are some notes on Indiana and the Big Ten at-large from the annual publication.

· The Hoosiers are one of four preseason top 25 teams from the Big Ten at No. 13 nationally. Wisconsin is No. 8, Purdue is No. 10 and Michigan State is No. 11.

· Three Big Ten players were on the publication’s preseason All-America teams. Maryland’s Melo Trimble was first team, Michigan State’s Miles Bridges was second team and Indiana’s OG Anunoby was third team. The complete first team is Josh Jackson of Kansas, Duke’s Grayson Allen, Villanova’s Josh Hart, Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and Trimble.

· The projected order of finish in the Big Ten is as follows: Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan State, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Rutgers.

· Three IU players are listed among the league’s top 10 players: Anunoby is No. 3, James Blackmon Jr. is No. 5 and Thomas Bryant is No. 7.

· Freshman Curtis Jones is the league’s fifth best newcomer behind Bridges, Michigan State’s Josh Langford, Minnesota’s Amir Coffey and Iowa’s Tyler Cook.

· Associate head coach Tim Buckley is ranked as the Big Ten’s third best recruiter.

· Blackmon Jr. is listed as Indiana’s difference-maker: “If Blackmon Jr. is completely healthy, he should be one of the Big Ten’s top scorers, thanks to a diverse game that includes long-range accuracy and the ability to get to the basket.”

· Three Indiana non-conference opponents are ranked in the preseason top 25 by The Sporting News: Kansas (No. 3), North Carolina (No. 7) and Louisville (No. 12).

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  • IU22

    Purdue at 10???

  • inLinE6

    3 top 10 players in the league and we’re ranked the 4th?? I guess our starting lineup features two walkons. And Thomas Bryant was no mention in all-american?

  • Ole Man

    (Not in my opinion after last season, but ya never know.)

  • sarge

    I guess what these publications are telling us is nobody knows what to expect from any of these teams until the season starts. The info and their conclusions are baffling though, it seems contradictory just like Lindy’s did. The season can’t get here fast enough, then we can leave nonsense like these preseason predictions firmly where they belong: in the past.

  • inLinE6

    Can’t complain about coaching with 2 titles in the past 4 years? But I know he gets booed whenever we lose the next game. I won’t though.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I get them ranking MSU & Wisconsin ahead of IU. It’s hard to bet against those programs finishing in the top 3 based on their track records. PU surprises me – they must be thinking Spike will be completely healthy for the season.
    Personally, I think Wisconsin/IU/MSU is a coin toss for 1-3 — and likely will come down to strength of schedule / whether games are played at home vs away. I’d lump PU/Michigan/Maryland in that second tier (4-6) that could get hot and challenge and you just don’t want to play against. Then OSU/NW/PSU/Illinois (7-10) will likely win some games that surprise us and will likely be bubble NCAA teams. I’d guess 1-2 of them make the big dance.
    If IU gets confidence in the softer part of the schedule at the beginning, then I can see them gaining confidence and staying at the top. That said, those last several games are going to be a challenge.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I know this is not a PU forum, and I honestly like when PU does well. But I think these polls/predictions are not giving enough credit to the losses PU sustained. Hammons was an athletic big, rim protector who could move and shoot. Haas is massive but without the ability Hammons had. Plus losing Davis’ defense (and occasional offense) and Stephens’ shooting. I think PU does well this year but I agree with putting them in the 2nd tier of the BIG.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I don’t understand all the love for Wisconsin.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Bryant is on the cover but Anunoby is third team All America.
    Someone is confused!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree, I think Hammonds was under appreciated.

    Now the loss of Yogi is huge – but I feel that can be taken care of by JN/RJ/JBJ

    MSU just reloaded and will likely be shaky and then come together in the B1G season.

  • CreanFaithful

    Tied for 3rd place in the B1G (finished stronger than they started) and lost no one.

  • Greg Hite

    They beat Kentucky!


    Oh you don’t? They return every relevant player on a team that went to the sweet 16. On top of that they had 2 contributers who didn’t even play. One is a deadly shooter and the other is a 6’11 baller from Europe who sat out due to eligibility. That and their two best players both starred on the back to back final fours.

  • Oldguyy

    Lost three of their last five games, and two of their best three players are vastly overrated. Pomeroy rating 6th in the B1G last year, and in fact, they tied for 6th in the B1G just as much as they tied for 3rd. I love it how fans think everyone who has never played is a world-beater.

  • pcantidote

    I think Lindy’s just mailed in their predictions this year.


    And Indiana lost 2 of their last 5. So what’s your point? Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig are proven winners nobody said “world beaters” I explained who else should have been on the team relax oldguy. If you don’t trully see the reason the badgers are ranked or predicted to be then I won’t be the one to change your mind. They haven’t finished tied for 4th or worst in the big ten or missed the tourny since like 99.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83


  • Donnie Vick

    Why is Bryant on the cover when OG is ranked above him?

  • TomJameson

    I think the top 3-4 in the B1G is going to be fairly close … on paper. When the playing starts we’ll all see how these preseason rankings flesh out. In the meantime, I don’t get too excited because we have to start somewhere. By the time the B1G season gets here, we’ll know where we stand.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    IU will blow Wisconsin out. Nigel Hayes and the rest of Wisconsin’s lineup will be humiliated.Overrated.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    IU beat Kentucky. When it really counted.

  • FKIM01

    I hope our guys see all the ridiculous love Purdon’t is getting and just thump the tar out of them.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Bigger name.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Didnt Wisconsin brat Kentucky the year before when it counted? And counted more. Wisconsin has a few good plays from that team.

  • SilentBob

    If they didn’t play? Can you really call them contributors? No more than we can call De’Ron Davis one. And did Koening, and honestly Hayes, really “star” on back to back final fours? Me thinks they were on the Frank the Tank joyride. Wisconsin will be a good team, but they should only be look at as a default number one because they didn’t lose a Yogi or a Valentine.

  • iubase

    Mc – all good points. I like our chances and like the way the players and team are ranked. High enough to make them confident, but also room to move up – which should make them hungry. I am a big Bryant fan. Players with really good motors (like TB) do real well under CTC. I really look forward to the Whisky, and Puke games. I am thinking elite 8 this yr…..but one game at time – and if the D gels we should be as good as any team CTC has fielded.