Indiana at No. 23 in Baseball America Top 25

Indiana moved up a spot to No. 23 in the Baseball America Top 25 after dominant victories in the first two games of a three-game series with Iowa this weekend. The Hoosiers go for the sweep today at 2 p.m. The series was pushed back a day due to inclement weather in Iowa on Friday.

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  1. Not sure how the college baseball rankings are set up, but IU loses 8-1 to #6 OR St. out west; wins 8-2 over #9 WA also out west; wins twice 9-3 and 6-2 over #13 Louisville home and away; wins 7-2 over #12 KY @ home; but is ranked below these other teams at #23. Is this an “anti-North” bias?

  2. BeatPurdue, in college baseball there really isn’t just one ranking group. There are about 3-4 and it gets confusing. It isn’t like there is the AP, ESPN, USAToday polls like in football or basketball. Most coaches look at is the RPI, where IU is in the top 10 last time I checked. I think that gives you a better gauge of where the team is. If you look at the SEC conference for baseball, you can have up to 8-10 teams ranked. However, at the end of the year they may have 2-3 teams with a real shot at the CWS due to where they go for regionals and super regionals.

  3. Also, it’s baseball, which is much more subject to chance events than even football or basketball. Even when the Rays were terrible and the Yankees owned baseball, the Yankees still lost a couple of games in Tampa every year. Maybe it’s a pitching matchup, maybe it’s just the way the ball bounces that day, but the simple physics of the game make it so teams have to play each other a bunch of times before you can truly get a gauge on which one’s better. You kind of have to rank teams on total body of work and consistency. IU’s wins over Louisville and Kentucky matter, but so did losing three of four to Texas Tech, losing to Utah, losing to Indiana State, dropping two of three at Long Beach State and one at Jacksonville. These polls are actually an example that Indiana has lessened the anti-North bias. With that many losses, most northern teams would be out of discussion for the Top 25. IU is still getting a lot of benefit of the doubt because of last year and the prospects they have. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve earned that benefit of the doubt, but if last year’s team had started 15-10 instead of 25-3 it would not have been in the Top 25.

  4. On that Dustin, you will see IU’s RPI drop as the Big Ten season progresses due to the fact that the Big Ten isn’t strong in baseball. Nebraska is usually pretty decent and occasionally Ohio St., but there isn’t enough consistency in the conference to impress the voters and as Dustin noted most northern teams don’t get too many looks. The same thing happens in softball, but Michigan has changed that recently.

  5. Very true, 1992. And when it comes to RPI it’s all computers no voters involved. It’s less an issue of the Big Ten dragging Indiana’s RPI number down as it is of the ACC, SEC and Pac-12 schools bumping their schools up. The big leagues haven’t seen the full strength of schedule effect of conference play yet, and when it does, a bunch of teams from that league will rise to the top and push Indiana down even if IU’s schedule doesn’t necessarily get worse on its own. Still, if Indiana keeps winning, they can keep themselves in pretty decent shape. I’d say if they keep it to 16 or 17 losses, they’re still going to be in the hosting discussion, but they have to get on a roll and stay there.

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