Up and down week drops IU from top 25 #iubb

A disappointing loss at Penn State dumped cold water on Indiana’s recent swing of momentum.

It also was enough to drop the Hoosiers from the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.

IU’s stay in the AP poll is over after Saturday’s 68-63 loss in State College, a defeat that also dropped the Hoosiers from a first-place tie in the Big Ten standings and stopped the program’s recent surge dead in its tracks. When the AP Top 25 was released Monday afternoon, Indiana appeared second among unranked teams that also received votes.

The Hoosiers were ranked No. 22 in the poll last week, falling three spots after suffering their first conference loss at Wisconsin and narrowly defeating Minnesota at home the week prior. After a convincing win at Michigan on Tuesday, which included a 28-0 run midway through the game, IU seemed poised to climb in the polls and tighten its grip on the top spot in the Big Ten standings. But Saturday’s flat performance against a struggling Nittany Lions’ program was enough to alter that trajectory.

Villanova debuted as the nation’s new No. 1, while Maryland climbed two spots to No. 2. Iowa, which visits Assembly Hall on Thursday at 9 p.m., moved up one spot to No. 4. Michigan State, where IU travels next Sunday, also climbed two spots to No. 8.

Though it dropped from the AP poll, Indiana did hold on to a spot in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Hoosiers fell one place to No. 22 this week.

The Penn State loss damages IU’s pursuit of a conference championship, and sets up a virtual must-win against first-place Iowa later this week. The Hawkeyes (19-4, 10-1) are a half-game ahead of the Terrapins (21-3, 10-2) in the Big Ten standings, while the Hoosiers (19-5, 9-2) sit in third.

After a relatively light first month of conference play, the road ahead becomes much more challenging for Indiana, which hasn’t faced a team ranked in the top 25 since Dec. 2 at Duke.

With seven games remaining in the regular season, IU is set to see five opponents — including a home-and-home with Iowa — in the top 25 of the RPI. The Hoosiers’ NCAA resume could still use some work, with their best win to date coming against unranked Notre Dame in December’s Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.

The Penn State loss, meanwhile, was IU’s third poor loss of the season — a list that includes losses to Wake Forest and UNLV at the Maui Invitational in November.

In some of the way-too-early NCAA Tournament projections, Indiana is viewed as a No. 8 seed. USA Today has IU as a No. 8 seed facing Colorado in Des Moines. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi also has IU as a No. 8 seed at the moment, with a predicted matchup with George Washington in Oklahoma City. CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has IU as a No. 8 seed this week in a matchup with Washington in St. Louis.

See both polls after the jump:

Associated Press Top 25
1. Villanova (32)
2. Maryland (13)
3. Oklahoma (7)
4. Iowa (11
5. Xavier
6. Kansas (1)
7. Virginia (1)
8. Michigan St.
9. North Carolina
10. West Virginia
11. Oregon
12. Miami
13. Louisville
14. Iowa St.
15. Texas A&M
16. SMU
17. Arizona
18. Purdue
19. Dayton
20. Providence
21. Baylor
22. Kentucky
23. Southern Cal
24. Texas
25. Wichita St.
Others receiving votes: South Carolina 128, Indiana 91, Notre Dame 75, San Diego St. 22, Duke 14, Seton Hall 14, Gonzaga 10, LSU 10, VCU 10, Valparaiso 9, Stony Brook 8, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 6, Saint Joseph’s 5, UNC Wilmington 4, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Chattanooga 2, George Washington 2, UConn 2, Michigan 1, Monmouth (NJ) 1.

USA Today Coaches poll
1. Villanova
2. Maryland
3. Oklahoma
4. Xavier
5. Iowa
6. Kansas
7. Virginia
8. North Carolina
9. Michigan State
10. West Virginia
11. Miami
12. Oregon
13. Texas A&M
14. Arizona
15. Iowa State
16. Purdue
17. Dayton
17. Providence
19. Baylor
20. South Carolina
21. Kentucky
22. Indiana
23. Southern Cal
24. Wichita State
25. Texas

3 comments

  1. Unfortunately, hard to argue that we are a top 25 team. Realistically, we are a good team…better than most, but not a great team. I think we’ll make the tournament but we won’t hang very long. Yogi is great, Thomas will be and we have some shooters, but top 25 teams are consistent (which is why they’re top 25) and not erratic. They typically play solid defense and don’t turn the ball over.

  2. Before the loss at Penn State, here’s where Indiana was: [19-4 (9-1), RPI: 46, SOS: 174].

    Egads. 174th ranked SOS. Can’t do anything about the Big Ten schedule, but the Non-conference was just abominable.

    I’d easily take a couple extra losses to really good teams versus whooping up on Northwest Cupcake A&M. Our team is prone to turnovers, mental mistakes and getting bullied by faster teams who attack the basket. This is why I’ve always had the caveat of “Untested” with this crop of Hoosiers.

    We need to earn our rankings. So far, we are right where we should be: on the outside looking in. Beat Iowa and we’re starting to prove we’re more than a Cupcake Wrangler.

  3. IU is now most likely an 8 line for the ncaa, a win over Iowa would put them back in good graces. As for the BIG tourney It is my understanding the top 4 teams will get a double by which could be helpful. We need Bryant to stay out of foul trouble hes no good to us on the bench. It was quite evident how much we struggled when he was on the bench. Im looking for a big bounce back thurs against the hawks.

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