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.
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.