IU ranked No. 14 in ESPN’s latest top 25

No matter the outlet, all of the early projections for the 2015-16 season seem to include Indiana as one of the top 15 teams in the nation.

The Hoosiers are ranked No. 14 on ESPN’s latest list, jumping two spots ahead from where the Worldwide Leader pegged them a week after Thomas Bryant’s commitment in April.

Indiana is one of four Big Ten programs included in ESPN’s top 25, led by No. 1 Maryland. Michigan State sits at No. 19 and Wisconsin is at No. 24.

Here’s what ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan says about IU:

“Maryland is the Big Ten’s runaway favorite, but the competition will be slightly more fierce than what Wisconsin experienced a season ago. (The vast majority of the Big Ten season was played before March, which is why Michigan State didn’t go 18-0.) Indiana is atop that second tier. The Hoosiers are bringing almost all of their considerable offensive firepower back, from guards Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson, to rim-running four Troy Williams, to the coterie of floor-spacing sharpshooters (Nick Zeisloft, Collin Hartman) that often made Indiana one of the nation’s most watchable teams. Adding No. 6-ranked freshman center Thomas Bryant should mean better interior defense and rebounding, which isn’t saying much, given how bad IU was on that end of the floor last season. But, man, can they put the ball in the bucket.”

2 comments

  1. ESPN has overlooked HOLT. Who I think will be overlooked by many at start of the season but BIG10 opponents will KNOW him by season start.

  2. I agree TJ. I think Holt is really going to have a breakout season. I loved what I saw out of him last year. Could be in for a “leap” year.

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