The new KenPom.com ratings are out for the 2017-2018 season and Indiana will begin ranked much lower than a season ago.
IU will begin the season at No. 65 in Pomeroy’s ratings, which is just the tenth highest rating for a Big Ten team. Last season, Indiana was No. 16 to start the season in KenPom and finished the season at No. 44.
The rest of the Big Ten is ranked as follows: Michigan State (10), Purdue (17), Northwestern (18), Wisconsin (31), Michigan (32), Minnesota (36), Penn State (40), Maryland (41), Iowa (54), Ohio State (78), Nebraska (98), Illinois (104) and Rutgers (125).
The Hoosiers sit at No. 45 nationally in offensive efficiency in the preseason, according to Pomeroy, and at No. 92 in defensive efficiency. Indiana finished last season ranked 104th nationally in defensive efficiency.
Pomeroy projects IU to finish 8-10 in the Big Ten. The overall record projected for the Hoosiers by Pomeroy is 16-14. Last season, Pomeroy projected Indiana to finish 11-7 in the Big Ten and the Hoosiers went 7-11.
The highest rated non-conference opponents on IU’s schedule according to Pomeroy’s ratings are Duke (6), Louisville (16), Notre Dame (22) and Seton Hall (28).
Indiana also plays just one opponent ranked 300 or worse in Pomeroy’s preseason ratings (Howard, 344). Last season, four Indiana non-conference opponents were ranked 300 or lower in Pomeroy’s preseason ratings.
Other non-conference opponents for the Hoosiers this season include Indiana State (203), South Florida (242), Arkansas State (200), Eastern Michigan (146), Fort Wayne (159), Tennessee Tech (237) and Youngstown State (255).