Saturday will mark Indiana’s second consecutive top-15 matchup when they travel to Lawrence to face Kansas.
In the new AP top-25 poll released on Monday, the Hoosiers held at No. 14 despite a loss to now No. 9 ranked Arizona.
Meanwhile, Kansas (9-1) dropped two spots to No. 8. Their lone loss of the season came to No. 6 Tennessee. The Hoosiers and Jayhawks tip at Noon Eastern.
The headline from the new AP poll is one IU fans won’t enjoy, as in-state rival Purdue jumped three spots to the overall No. 1 ranking. It marks the second time in two seasons the Boilermakers have ascended to No. 1 in December. Last year they only held the spot for a week and never returned. Purdue is in a better position to hold the spot this time, as they don’t face another high major opponent until January.
The No. 1 spot opened up after former IU head coach Kelvin Sampson’s Houston squad fell to Alabama.
Purdue and IU are the highest ranked teams in the Big Ten. Joining them in the AP top-25 from the conference are No. 18 Illinois, No. 20 Maryland, No. 22 Wisconsin and No. 23 Ohio State.
Illinois has started league play 0-2 after a home loss to Penn State. Wisconsin made its debut after an 8-2 start that includes a win at Iowa on Sunday. Iowa is also receiving votes.
In the latest NCAA NET rankings, Indiana is No. 20.
IU WOMEN HOLD AT NO. 4
In the new women’s AP top-25, the IU women held firm at No. 4 after playing just one game last week — a win at Penn State.
The Hoosiers are 10-0 including a 2-0 start in the Big Ten. They are the second highest ranked team in the Big Ten, with Ohio State one spot ahead at No. 3. Iowa (12), Maryland (15), and Michigan (19) are also ranked from the league.
The Indiana women return to action on Sunday when they host Morehead State.
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