IUWBB: Hoosiers start at No. 23 in AP poll

Indiana checked in at No. 23 in the Associated Press preseason poll released Tuesday, marking the first time in program history the Hoosiers have been ranked ahead of regular season play.

IU came in just outside of the top 25 in the USA Today coaches poll released last week, but the media had a slightly more optimistic view. The Hoosiers are coming off of a 21-12 campaign and the program’s first NCAA tournament win in 33 years, and third-year head coach Teri Moren returns all but two reserves from last year’s squad.

Three Big Ten teams were ranked in the AP preseason top 25, including No. 6 Maryland and No. 7 Ohio State. IU essentially flipped places with Michigan State from the preseason coaches poll; the Spartans received the most votes of any team ranked outside the AP top 25.

AP poll records have only been kept since 1992-93, and during that span, IU has appeared three times (’92-93, ’93-94 and 2013-14) but never in the preseason.

IU also received preseason plaudits from the Big Ten conference. Junior point guard Tyra Buss was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team, and the conference’s coaches predicted IU would finish third in the Big Ten (tied with Michigan State); the media also voted for the Hoosiers to finish third, but tied with no one.

6 comments

  1. Just more evidence of the rise of IU women’s basketball! Not only are we in IU country aware of the vast improvement of our program, around the country women’s basketball experts are recognizing that we are becoming a power in the BIg 10 and nationally. Go Hoosiers!

  2. Mike exactly- Previously today I posted on another article abut the #23 ranking although I kew Jon Blau would soon post this article. The women cannot rest with what they did last year and these early season rankings. They will have to prove all over again that they deserve these lofty expectations . Im truly happy for them but they do have to prove they deserve this respect and maybe that they deserve even more. Moren really has her hands full as some of this new talent this year expects minutes on the floor and if they dont get it , they will walk.

  3. Coach Moren was a home run hire for Fred Glass and IU. It’s great to see her capitalize on a great environment for a woman’s basketball program. Hopefully she will be the coach for years to come in Bloomington.

  4. Coach Moren has done a great job so far with this program in a short period of time. Steve W the new players ( as well as returning players) will get the playing time that they earn . With 5 players in their final season I doubt any new players will be leaving the program looking for more playing time somewhere else when there will be ample time right at Assembly Hall waiting for them. This isin’t Burger King where you have it your way. You need to trust that coach Moren is recruiting the right student athletes to become Hoosier players. See you on Sunday.

  5. Swartzie– Agreed playing time has to be earned . Of the 5 players leaving 3 more quality players have given verbals and they are quite athletic so the competition looks to be thick. I for one hope the new players already here stick it out. Its not unusual for players to leave a program for a variety of reasons. Looking forward to their first competition against Uindy. Go Hoosiers.

  6. After taking over as IU women basketball team just 3 short years ago (and the first year was on the fly) so really 2 full years I think there is something pretty special going on with the IU ladies basketball program. IU lady basketball fans may look back in 4 or 5 years and see (around 2020-2021) what they actually enjoyed / witnessed.

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