IU basketball opens season in AP top-25, first time ranked in more than three years

For the first time in nearly four years, IU basketball is ranked in the AP top-25.

Indiana will open the season in the No. 13 spot according to the preseason AP poll released on Monday afternoon.

The Hoosiers enter the top-25 for the first time since Jan. 14, 2019.  In that poll they were voted into the No. 25 spot.  They lost later that same day at home against Nebraska and never returned to the AP-poll since.

No. 13 is Indiana’s highest ranking since they were No. 9 in Dec. 2016.  The ranking also marks the first time since that same 2016-17 season (No. 11) in which the Hoosiers will begin the season ranked in the AP Poll.

The AP began compiling a ranking of the top 20 college men’s basketball teams during the 1948–1949 season. It has issued a poll continuously since the 1950–1951 season. Beginning with the 1989-1990 season, the poll expanded to 25 teams.

Overall IU has now been ranked in the AP top-25 for 561 weeks, the eighth most in college basketball history.  This is the 31st time IU has been ranked in the preseason AP poll.

The Hoosiers will face a challenging non-conference schedule that includes preseason No. 1 North Carolina, No. 5 Kansas, and No. 17 Arizona.

Indiana is the highest ranked team from the Big Ten in the AP top-25.  Joining them in the poll from the league are No. 22 Michigan and No. 23 Illinois.  Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa and Rutgers are among the others receiving votes, along with non-conference foe Xavier.

The Big 12 and SEC lead the way with five ranked teams. The Big Ten, Pac 12 and ACC have three apiece and the Big East has two. The West Coast, Atlantic 10, Mountain West and American Athletic conferences each have one team in the poll.

Indiana opens the 2022-23 season on Nov. 7 against Morehead State in Bloomington.

Here is the full preseason AP top-25:

  • 1. North Carolina
  • 2. Gonzaga
  • 3. Houston
  • 4. Kentucky
  • T5. Baylor
  • T5. Kansas
  • 7. Duke
  • 8. UCLA
  • 9. Creighton
  • 10. Arkansas
  • 11. Tennessee
  • 12. Texas
  • 13. Indiana
  • 14. TCU
  • 15. Auburn
  • 16. Villanova
  • 17. Arizona
  • 18. Virginia
  • 19. San Diego State
  • 20. Alabama
  • 21. Oregon
  • 22. Michigan
  • 23. Illinois
  • 24. Dayton
  • 25. Texas Tech

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