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IU men back in the AP top-25, women move up to No. 4

A five game winning streak has propelled the IU men back into the AP top-25 this week.

The Hoosiers are ranked No. 21 in this week’s AP top-25 after falling out of the poll for three straight weeks.  They didn’t even receive a vote two weeks ago.

Leading the way from the Big Ten is Purdue in the top spot.  The Hoosiers will host No. 1 Purdue on Saturday.  They are the only teams from the Big Ten ranked at this time.  Illinois, Rutgers and Northwestern are receiving votes.

Among Indiana’s high major non-conference opponents, Arizona is No. 5, Kansas is in the No. 8 spot, Xavier has moved down to No. 16, and North Carolina is receiving votes.

Ultimately, Indiana’s NCAA Tournament fate will be decided by the NCAA’s NET rankings tool.  The Hoosiers are currently No. 20 according to the NET.  They are 3-5 in Quad 1 games, 3-1 in Quad 2, and have no bad losses in the eyes of the NCAA with a 9-0 mark in Quad 3 and 4 contests.

Indiana’s game at Maryland on Tuesday 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 two spots from No. 6 to No. 4 after recording three wins including two over ranked foes last week.  That ties the program’s best ever ranking in the AP poll.

IU is now the top-ranked team from the Big Ten, but there are three other programs from the conference in the top-10 — Iowa (6), Maryland (8) and Ohio State (10).  Michigan came in at No. 18, and Illinois and Purdue are also receiving votes.

The IU women are a No. 1 seed right now in some NCAA Tournament prognostications, and No. 5 in the NCAA NET rankings.

The Hoosier women travel to Minnesota on Wednesday (8 p.m., BTN Plus).  After that, their six final regular season games come against teams that are either ranked or receiving votes.  All of the final six games will be nationally televised.

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