IU men’s basketball falls out of AP top-25, women hold at No. 6

For the first time this season, the IU men’s basketball program is unranked.

After appearing in the AP preseason top-25 in the No. 13 spot and moving anywhere from No. 10 to 18 over the next eight weeks, the Hoosiers slid to the other teams receiving votes category in Monday’s updated poll.

IU dropped all the way out from No. 15 after losses to Iowa and Northwestern following a 12-day layoff.  Overall the Hoosiers have lost five of eight games as they contend with two injured starters during the heart of the Big Ten schedule.

Prior to this season, Indiana had not been ranked since January, 2019.  Now the Hoosiers will have to regroup and try to climb back into the polls.

From the Big Ten, Purdue dropped out of the No. 1 spot after losing to Rutgers last week.  The Boilermakers are now No. 3.  Former IU coach Kelvin Sampson and Houston reclaimed the top spot.  Kansas, a team that blew out IU in December, moved up to No. 2.

Wisconsin is the only team from the Big Ten other than Purdue that is currently ranked.  Five league teams join IU in the receiving votes group — Michigan State, Northwestern, Rutgers, Illinois and Ohio State.

Xavier, a team IU defeated earlier this season, has moved up to No. 12.  Arizona is No. 9 and North Carolina is also receiving votes.

On the women’s side, Indiana (14-1, 4-1) held at No. 6 after securing a win over Northwestern on Sunday.  The Hoosiers welcomed back star wing Grace Berger and cruised to a 22-point win over the Wildcats.

Joining the IU women in the national poll from the Big Ten are undefeated Ohio State at No. 3, Maryland at No. 9, Iowa at No. 12, Michigan at No. 17 and Illinois at No. 24.

The IU women host Maryland on Thursday in a top-10 showdown.  That game will air on the Big Ten Network.

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