Hoosiers land at No. 22 in latest AP poll #iubb

A top-five victory vaulted Indiana back into the top 25 on Monday.

IU landed at No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 one week after falling out of the rankings following an up and down week away from Bloomington. The Hoosiers once again split their schedule during the past week, but their 85-78 win over No. 4 Iowa secured their most noteworthy victory of the season. Sunday, however, brought an uneven performance at Michigan State, where IU lost a 10-point first-half lead on the way to an 88-69 loss at the Breslin Center.

Indiana is one of five Big Ten teams in the top 25 this week. Though they fell at Assembly Hall, the Hawkeyes remain at No. 4, while a home loss to Wisconsin dropped Maryland four spots to No. 6. The Spartans are slotted at No. 8 for the second consecutive week after suffering an overtime loss at Purdue and earning a big home win against the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers also posted a 1-1 week, following the Michigan State win with a loss at Michigan. Purdue climbed one spot to No. 17

A pair of home games are on deck for IU this week, beginning with an 8:30 p.m. contest with Nebraska on Wednesday. The Hoosiers close the week with a Saturday night showdown against the Boilers in the only matchup between the two rivals this season.

Despite the uneven week, Indiana remains firmly in the NCAA Tournament picture. The Iowa win bolstered IU’s resume, giving the Hoosiers their first win over a ranked opponent this season. In ESPN’S latest bracketology, Indiana improved from a No. 8 seed to a No. 6 seed. CBS Sports also slots IU as a No. 6 seed this week, while USA Today has IU as a No. 7 seed.

2 comments

  1. The big ten in the top 25 makes no sense this year. I would bet IU would be lucky to crack the top 15 and a 3 seed if they won the big ten conference.

  2. Maybe.

    Keep in mind that MSU has ONLY lost in conference while laying waste to outside competition.. They’re #5 in the Big Ten and #8 in the country.

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