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We all know, by in large that pre-season rankings normally are not worth the paper they are written on. Yet all the major scribes will be coming out with their rankings. So why shouldn't we ?
With that thought in mind, where are YOU ranking iU pre-season ?
15th-We will have more talent than a few top 10 teams, lacking only experience. So, I for one, think 15 is sensible..given the fact that a lesser talented UK was preseason top 3 last year. We'll have fewer ?'s
Top 20. In the current age of college basketball anyone in the top 25 has a legit shot at reaching the final four.
All too often, pre-season rankings are based on last year's performance, plus the rankings of the incoming class.
So doing it the way many of the scribes do it. Knowing what we did last year, and seeing what we have coming in....my pre-season ranking for IU is going to be number 23, in the nation !
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(and about #22 in the polls).
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Some media have already weighed in:
Parrish and Goodman: #23
SB Nation's Crimson Quarry: #15
SB Nation: #18
Rob Dauster: #14
Jason King: #20
Andy Katz: Unranked
And I'm spent.
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There is no question we will be ranked in the Top 25 in the opening polls. Whether we show we deserve that opening spot and maintain it, well that is another story. But I have zero doubt we will open in the Top 25 (probably somewhere between 18 and 25).
This post was edited by bronkonagurski 9 months ago
I agree with all above, we will be ranked right around #20 but the difference from #20 to 40 is negligable. Our name will help us initially, then we will have prove it on the court. I think our schedule looks fairly tough. Tough games with Washington and notre dame and expected loses to Syracuse and Uconn. If we win 3 of those four that will be HUGE!
Oh no ! Goodman and I agree on something...... for a change !
And what's with Andy Katz..... unranked, Andy ? Have YOU not been paying attention ?
Many thanks for the time and effort you put in to this to bring to us.
This post was edited by milehiiu 9 months ago
I think we will hover around 20-25 all year long.
Nothing really new to add, but I am in agreement that we'll be in the 20-25 range. If we ended up higher or lower than that I really wouldn't be shocked. I could see us beginning the year ranked, dropping out, and then ending up back in the rankings by the end of the year.
Totally agree with your assessment.
But I can't help be reminded of Crean's first years, when there was no hope of being ranked..... ever. Sure was an embarrassment seeing some of the other schools that were getting ranked during that time, while we sat on the bench.
The fact that we are even considered a top 25 team by some, excites me to no end, considering our not too distant past.
Top 20 preseason. I think we'll move up as the season unfolds and we start winning games. Top 10 by season's end.
We open the season in the 20-25 range (mostly from being #1 most of the year last year).
We drop out of top 25 in preseason after a loosing a game we should have won on the road. (Washington?)
As the B10 conference season goes on, we slowly climb back into the top 25 after winning some games we shouldn't at home.
End the season around the 17-20 range. 5th place in B10 (MSU, OSU, Mich, Iowa) in front of us.
Get a 5 seed in the NCAA.
Another sweet 16 appearance.
Vonleh stays, Exum commits, preseason top 5 for 2014-2015.
I like the way you think!
25th. and i can see us being worse than that and unranked most of the season ... OR ... i could see us being as good as 15 or so. Yogi and Will will have to really step up scoring. Vonleh will have to be ready to score at the college level immediately. Hollowell will have to make a big jump. and either Perea makes a huge jump or Fischer is ready immediately. if all 4 of those things happen - top 15. if zero to 2 of those things happen - out of top 25.
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I can't even predict what I'll have for lunch, but 20ish.
I see the Hoosiers being slotted between No. 20 and No. 25 to begin the season. Although, they won't have nearly as long a leash as they did a year ago. Indiana lost a lot of firepower to graduation and the NBA. As has been discussed above, preseason rankings are based mostly on what talent a team has returning and the incoming class. IU returns only one starter from last season's Indiana team (Yogi Ferrell), but Sheehey (Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year) and Gordon (25 starts for Arizona State) essentially give the Hoosiers three experienced, starting-caliber players. Add in a superb recruiting class and IU lands in the top 25 to start the season.
I believe they'll outperform many analysts' expectations by season's end, but there will be some rough patches that will probably knock them out of the top 25 at times. It's back to the hunter role for the 2013-14 squad, which I feel motivates the players, particularly with a coach like Tom Crean.
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we have a point guard and a big and some experienced starters and a bunch of unknowns and a good system and coaches.
As far as experience is concerned..... let's not forget about Etherington. IMHO, he was just starting to show something last season, just before his injury. My understanding is that he is not 100% right now, but that the expectations are he will be good to go, by the time this season starts up.
If there were a thread for "most likely to pleasantly surprise", Etherington would get my vote. His shooting ability may be very valuable this year, and his rebounding and athleticism are underrated. I hope he‘s working on his ball-handling, though.
Agree ! I am like you in that I feel Austin's shooting, particularly his three point shooting is undervalued.
I agree with most everyone here. I think we are preseason top 25 and stay in the top 25 most the year with maybe a few bumps that push out then climb back in.
I'll go with 21 in the preseason polls.
Elite 8 by the end of the season.
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