Hoosiers ranked No. 25 in coaches poll #iubb

An uplifting week returned Indiana to the national conversation.

A pair of wins boosted the Hoosiers to No. 25 in this week’s USA Today Coaches Poll. IU narrowly missed a spot in the latest Associated Press top 25 rankings, coming in second among teams that also received votes.

After opening the season ranked No. 15 in both polls, Indiana was dumped from the top 25 after losing two of its three games at the Maui Invitational in late November. The Hoosiers fell to their third loss on Dec. 2 at Duke, but have since embarked on a nine-game winning streak.

The Hoosiers are also 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when the program won its first six conference games. Indiana is coming off Sunday’s 85-60 drubbing of Ohio State, claiming its largest margin of victory in a Big Ten game since February 2013. The Hoosiers also knocked off Wisconsin, 59-58, on Tuesday.

IU has a bye this week and returns to the court on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Minnesota. Check out both polls after the jump:

USA Today Coaches Poll:
1. Kansas
2. Oklahoma
3. Maryland
4. Michigan State
5. North Carolina
6. Duke
7. Villanova
8. Xavier
9. Miami
10. West Virginia
11. Virginia
12. Providence
13. Kentucky
14. Texas A&M
15. South Carolina
16. Arizona
17. Pitt
18. Iowa State
19. Iowa
20. Louisville
21. Gonzaga
22. Baylor
23. Butler
24. Purdue
25. Indiana

Associated Press Top 25:
1. Kansas (63)
2. Oklahoma (1)
3. Maryland
4. Michigan St. (1)
5. North Carolina
6. Villanova
7. Xavier
8. Miami
9. Duke
10. SMU
11. West Virginia
12. Providence
13. Virginia
14. Kentucky
15. Texas A&M
16. Iowa
17. Iowa St.
18. Arizona
19. South Carolina
20. Pittsburgh
21. Louisville
22. Baylor
23. Butler
24. Purdue
25. Gonzaga
Others receiving votes: Southern Cal 79, Indiana 59, UCLA 21, Texas Tech 10, Utah 10, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 8, Wichita St. 7, Oregon 6, Valparaiso 6, Hawaii 4, Akron 1, Dayton 1, Oregon St. 1, St. Bonaventure 1.

5 comments

  1. Are coaches not permitted to vote for SMU? SMU is #10 in the media poll but MIA in the coashes’ poll.

  2. I’d prefer that we not be ranked, at least not at this stage of the season. IU Basketball does not need any additional notoriety or help in recruiting, and the youngest members of this team need to stay hungry and continue playing with a chip on their shoulder. If we win the next four games, two of which are on the road, then those young men will have proven that their 4-0 start was no fluke. Until then, forget about the rankings.

  3. i agree with Podunker. I’d rather see IU unranked with something to prove attitude. Glad to see IU slow down a bit in order to reduce the number of turnovers. Amazing when you slow down just a tad, use ball fakes & shot fakes how passing lanes and cutting lanes open up. IU looked very good Sunday but they’ve a long way still to go. But last game was quite an improvement. Let’s keeping trending that way. Go Hoosiers!

  4. I am beginning to think that polls are pretty much meaningless. The only ones that care is the media so they can put a number before the team when promoting a game. All that matters is where you stand come March.

  5. You are correct, iuhoosier1992! Aside from bragging rights amongst friends, and giving the media something to talk about, at this stage of the season rankings are meaningless. It would be much more interesting to have the media refrain from ranking the teams until they have played half of their regular season schedule.

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