Indiana ranked No. 22 in coaches’ poll, just misses AP Top 25

Indiana moved up a spot to No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll, but narrowly missed out in a spot in the Associated Press media poll. The Hoosiers (4-0) finished with the 27th most points, being listed as the second team in the “also receiving votes” list behind Iowa.

The entire AP poll follows. Also, you can read my AP ballot here. (I had Indiana No. 22).

Record         Pts      Prv
1. Michigan St. (51)        3-0         1,608     2
2. Kansas (7)                   2-0          1,523     5
3. Louisville (7)              3-0            1,511     3
4. Kentucky                     3-1            1,410     1
5. Arizona                        3-0           1,339     6
6. Duke                            2-1            1,320     4
7. Oklahoma St.            3-0             1,198     8
8. Ohio St.                      3-0             1,172    10
9. Syracuse                     3-0             1,135    9
10. VCU                           3-0              928    14
11. Memphis                   1-0               871    13
12. Wisconsin                 3-0              763    20
13. Gonzaga                    3-0              710      15
14. Michigan                   2-1              705       7
14. Wichita St.                4-0             705      16
16. Florida                       2-1              619      11
17. Oregon                       2-0             613      18
18. UConn                       4-0            600       19
19. New Mexico             2-0             353        22
20. Baylor                       3-0             342        23
21. Iowa St.                     3-0             296         _
22. UCLA                        2-0             291        24
23. Creighton                 3-0             246         _
24. North Carolina         2-1            213         12
25. Marquette                 2-1            144          17
Others receiving votes: Iowa 122, Indiana 109, Virginia 77, Harvard 72, Boise St. 28, Belmont 18, Arizona St. 13, Villanova 11, Xavier 10, Tennessee 9, Pittsburgh 7, Colorado 6, Missouri 5, Florida St. 4, Minnesota 4, Saint Louis 4, Cincinnati 3, BYU 2, Indiana St. 2, UMass 2, George Washington 1, Notre Dame 1.

6 comments

  1. #22 probably about right. Hard to tell with the competition so far. KenPom has IU at #31, Washington #111, BC #96 and Connecticut at #10. Thinking maybe the best thing for the young IU team will be playing Connecticut. I did like the “if nothing is there, work the clock” in the Stoney Brook game. And the Jeremy Hollowell thing, no way in the world would I limit his time. More experience he gets, better the team will be. Be interesting to see the Syracuse with Ron Patterson against Jeremy. Syracuse sitting at #15. Back to Connecticut, be nice to win but a loss could long-range be a not-so-bad thing for such a young team.

  2. The fact that we’re so young is likely suppressing the ranking a bit. But this team has players that appear to be much more mature in their games then their class would indicate. Yogi is looking far more settled and Gordon brings more stability in the backcourt. Vonieh plays with a much more savvy and mature skill set than I expected. Unlike last season, we don’t have all the marbles in one basket down low. We have a sound post player that brings a lot to his game that Cody did not possess and Noah actually has backups that can compliment and take some pressure off his shoulders(Fisher and the ever-improving Perea). In my humble opinion, Vonieh’s added fluid dimension, plus backups, actually makes us far more difficult to contain down low. Surround Yogi and Gordon, the 15 fouls to give down low without losing all presence in the middle… with the tremendous athletes and explosive potential at the wings(Williams/Davis/Sheehey)…? This team is a sleeping giant. If Hartman and Etherington start finding the bottoms of nets it becomes more spice in the pot.

    Conclusion: We’re a much more dangerous team than indicated by the current rankings.

  3. And how in the hell did I forget Hollowell…? He may hold the keys. Probably the most versatile player on the floor. Tremendous ceiling with better quickness than Watford while bringing the inside/outside pluses.

    Can’t see this squad not being in the top 15 by late December.

    How do you keep a team out of the top 15 that has such a command of the glass that nearly every opponent will have 50% less second chance opportunities than anyone else they’ll face?

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