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IU men ascend AP top-25 after win over Purdue, women achieve highest ranking ever

A weekend sweep of Purdue served the IU men’s and women’s basketball teams well.

The IU men moved up three spots to No. 18 after a 1-1 week that included a win over No. 1 Purdue on Saturday.  It was IU’s eighth all-time win over the No. 1 ranked team.  Indiana has been ranked in the top-25 for all but three weeks during this season.  They started the 2022-23 campaign at No. 13.

The AP voters apparently viewed the loss to Indiana as a high quality defeat for Purdue, as the Boilermakers remained in the No. 1 perch.  That was aided by a loss by No. 2 Tennessee.  Former IU coach Kelvin Sampson has Houston in the No. 2 spot this week.

Rutgers is the only other team from the Big Ten that is ranked this week.  The Scarlet Knights come in at No. 24 and will face Indiana on Tuesday in Bloomington (6:30 p.m., BTN).  Illinois, Maryland, Iowa and Northwestern are all in the other teams receiving votes group this week.

Among Indiana’s high major non-conference opponents, Arizona is No. 4, Kansas is in the No. 9 spot, and Xavier has moved up to No. 13.  North Carolina is not longer receiving votes after a second loss to Pittsburgh and a loss at Duke.

Ultimately, Indiana’s NCAA Tournament fate will be decided by the NCAA’s NET rankings tool.  The Hoosiers are currently No. 22 according to the NET.  They are 3-6 in Quad 1 games, 3-1 in Quad 2, and have no bad losses in the eyes of the NCAA with a 10-0 mark in Quad 3 and 4 contests.

Indiana’s game vs. Rutgers is an opportunity for another Quad 1 win.

According to Bracket Matrix, a site that aggregates and averages the most popular bracketology sites, Indiana is currently a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

You can always check out the latest voter rankings, advanced metric sites, bracketologies and NCAA NET rankings by following the links on our rankings page.  There’s a link to the page under the IU basketball drop-down menu as well.

Rankings Page: Links to the Top NCAA Men’s Basketball Ranking Services Including the NET

Meanwhile, the IU women moved up to No. 2 in the country after two blowout wins on the road last week, including a 69-46 triumph over Purdue at a sold out Mackey Arena.  That is the highest ranking ever in program history.

Also ranked from the Big Ten are No. 5 Iowa, No. 8 Maryland, No. 12 Michigan and No. 13 Ohio State.

IU is expected to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament based on the way things currently stand, but the toughest part of their schedule remains.

The first place Hoosiers (22-1, 12-1) host No. 5 and second place Iowa (19-4, 11-1) on Thursday (6:30 p.m., BTN), and then travel to Iowa City in three weeks in the Big Ten regular season finale.  The Hawkeyes have won eight straight and swept IU in three games a year ago.  The Hoosiers are on a 10 game winning streak of their own.

In between those two games, Indiana travels to Ohio State, and hosts Michigan and Purdue.  All of their remaining games are on television.

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