Men's Basketball

    Hoosier Ranked Ninth In Preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

    Go Hoosiers! Armon Bassett and Lance Stemler
    Go Hoosiers!
    Armon Bassett and Lance Stemler
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 26, 2007

    Bloomington, Indiana - For the first time since the 1994-95 season, the Indiana men's basketball team will begin the season ranked in the top ten of a major poll. The Hoosiers are ranked ninth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll which was released Friday.

    The Hoosiers return three starters and seven lettermen from last year's 21-11 squad which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Indiana's recruiting class is generally regarded as one of the top ten in the country.

    This marks the 35th time in 38 years that Indiana has been nationally ranked and second straight season under second-year Coach Kelvin Sampson (IU was rated 22nd and 23rd during the campaign) that the Hoosiers have cracked the top 25.

    In addition, IU is rated in the top ten for the first time since December 17, 2003 when it was ranked sixth in the AP poll.

    Two of the Hoosiers non-conference opponents are in the top 25. IU will play at #23 Southern Illinois on December 1, and at home against #22 Kentucky on December 8. In addition, Michigan State at #8, is the only other Big Ten member in the first rankings.

    ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll


    October 26, 2007

    1. North Carolina (31-7)  Points: 739 (10 first-place votes)
    2. UCLA (30-6) Points: 734 (12)
    3. Memphis (33-4) Points: 731 (8)
    4. Kansas (33-5) Points: 669 (1)
    5. Georgetown (30-7) Points: 625
    6. Louisville (24-10) Points: 620
    7. Tennessee (24-11) Points: 598
    8. Michigan State (23-12) Points: 503
    9. Indiana (21-11) Points: 479
    10. Washington State (26-8) Points: 464
    11. Duke (22-11) Points: 390
    12. Marquette (24-10) Points: 381
    13. Oregon (29-8) Points: 360
    14. (tie) Gonzaga (23-11) Points: 252
    14. (tie) Texas A&M (27-7) Points: 252
    16. Texas (25-10) Points: 216
    17. Arizona (20-11) Points: 205
    18. Southern California (25-12) Points: 189
    19. Arkansas (21-14) Points: 173
    20. Pittsburgh (29-8) Points: 160
    21. Stanford (18-13) Points: 158
    22. Kentucky (22-12) Points: 155
    23. Southern Illinois (29-7) Points: 137
    24. North Carolina State (20-16) Points: 119
    25. Villanova (22-11) Points: 111
    

    Others receiving votes: Kansas State (23-12) 94; Syracuse (24-11) 69; Ohio State (35-4) 65; Clemson (25-11) 56; Connecticut (17-14) 55; Butler (29-7) 42; Davidson (29-5) 39; Xavier (25-9) 38; Alabama (20-12) 31; Mississippi State (21-14) 30; Florida (35-5) 26; Wisconsin (30-6) 21; Illinois (23-12) 16; Brigham Young (25-9) 12; Washington (19-13) 12; Nevada (29-5) 8; Bradley (22-13) 7; Virginia (21-11) 7; Virginia Commonwealth (28-7) 5; Utah (11-19) 4; Baylor (15-16) 3; Old Dominion (24-9) 3; Saint Joseph's (18-14) 3; Fresno State (22-10) 2; George Mason (18-15) 2; Utah State (23-12) 2; California (16-17) 1; Maryland (25-9) 1; Notre Dame (24-8)

     

     

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