Indiana moves up to No. 12 in both polls

The coaches’ poll is out and Indiana has moved up from No. 15 to No. 12 this week. We’re still awaiting the AP poll.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Indiana is also rated No. 12 in the AP poll, moving up one spot from No. 13. In case you’re wondering where each voter in the AP poll put the Hoosiers, you can find that information here.

8 comments

  1. Good for them. It’s a lot of fun. They deserve to enjoy the recognition. I just hope they don’t let it go to their heads or lose focus on what it takes to win on the road in the Big Ten. That’s the one remaining test they’ve yet to pass. IU must prove they can win Big Ten games in hostile environments. We’ll see Thursday night if they learned anything from the Michigan State experience.

  2. We play Michigan at home on Thursday.

    Sunday, @ Penn State, is our next road game.

  3. My eyes are not what they used to be. I misread the schedule hanging next to my desk.

    My point still holds though. IU still has to prove they can win Big Ten games on the road.

  4. That’s a valid point…and it applies to all schools in the Big 10. This may be one of the toughest years for any Big 10 team to win on the road. Every game away from home will be a dog fight. Look how Illinois got spanked at Purdue.

    IU’s first road loss against MSU was, arguably, the team that will be fighting for the top spot in the standings by season’s end. The schedule unfolds a bit in our favor. Two of our next three road games are against weaker teams in the conference. If we can secure our next two on home court(Mich & Minn) and win @ Penn State, we could be going into Columbus with a 4-1 conference record(16-1 overall). After OSU on the road, we follow with Nebraska away, and Penn St. at home. We could easily be 6-2 in conference play(18-2 overall) going into a tough one against the Badgers on January 26.

    The more the Hoosiers can capitalize off their early success, build the wins against few losses, I think the psychological pressure on the road will lessen. This year, three or four losses on the road, may still be enough to be at the top of the final conference standings.

    Once you’re in the Big Dance, all bets are off.

  5. I was very surprised that Iowa defeated Wisconsin. Glad IU is not playing Wisconsin in Madison Thursday, because they’re going to be highly motivated to make up for that unexpected loss.

    Honestly, I’d love to win the Big Ten championship, but it really does not matter as long as IU gets to the Big Dance and then wins a few games in the tournament. The keys are, first, make it to the dance, and second, be playing your best BB in March and April. I don’t think UConn really cares that they did not win their conference title last year.

    I do kind of miss the days when their were only 32 teams invited to “the dance.” It placed much more emphasis on winning the conference title.

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