Preseason Rankings Released, Indiana Ranked First

Preseason Rankings Released, Indiana Claims Top Spot

10/17/12 in NCAABB   |   qallington   |   15 respect

The Indiana Hoosiers claim the top spot in the 2013 Preseason NCAA Basketball rankings, which were released Wednesday.

The Hoosiers received 21 out of 36 first place votes, and also received 761 points from a panel of coaches.

Blog Photo - Preseason Rankings Released, Indiana Ranked FirstIndiana, a team led by star sophomore center Cody Zeller that went 27-9 last season to reach the Sweet Sixteen, bring back four starters to this year's team, where they will take on Bryant for their first game
 of the season on November 9.

Louisville, receiving five first place votes, is returning several key players this year that helped bring the Cardinals to a Big East Championship and a Final Four berth. They also were able to start the season ranked ahead of Kentucky, who is ranked third after winning the NCAA Tournament, claiming a national championship, and also starting with a fresh batch of new recruits, as all of the starters from last season have all left. Louisville will start regular season play against Manhattan on November 11, while Kentucky will begin play against Maryland on November 9.

Rounding out the rest of the top five are Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Michigan. Ohio State, who was 31-8 last season with former star forward Jared Sullinger, will take on Marquette on the USS Yorktown on November 9. Michigan, after a 24-10 season in 2011-12, takes the number five spot and will start the season against Slippery Rock on November 9.
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10/28/12   |   King_Cardinal   |   2672 respect

Louisville should be #1

10/18/12   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

I'm at IU and a fan, but it does make me a bit nervous to see them atop the polls after one successful season.  We do have some experience which should help manage the pressure and expectations, but it's a totally different situation to start off ranked #1 instead of creeping up when people weren't expecting anything...

10/17/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I am sort of surprised to see my Jayhawks in the top 10 despite the loss of Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Connor Teahan, etc. But nobody reloads and coaches up better than Bill Self.