IU men’s basketball rises to No. 16 in new AP poll, women remain No. 4

With two wins and some carnage above, the IU men moved up two spots in the final AP top-25 of calendar year 2022.  Indiana (10-3) is No. 16 in the first poll with the non-conference schedule fully in the rear view mirror.

The Hoosiers have been ranked all season, ranging from No. 10 to No. 18.

The two top teams IU beat earlier this season — Xavier and North Carolina — are ranked No. 22 and 25, respectively.  The two best teams they lost to — Kansas and Arizona — are No. 4 and 5.

Rival Purdue remains in the No. 1 overall spot, and Wisconsin sits one spot ahead of IU at No. 15.  Collectively they are the only three teams from the Big Ten currently ranked.  Maryland, Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan State have all been ranked this season, but are all now in the receiving votes but unranked group.  The third team Indiana lost to this season, Rutgers, is 8-4 and not receiving votes at this time.

The IU men return to action on Jan. 5 when they face unranked Iowa in Iowa City.  The Hawkeyes (8-4) have lost four of seven including most recently an embarrassing nine-point home loss to KenPom No. 347 Eastern Illinois.

Meanwhile the 12-0 IU women’s basketball team remains No. 4 with Big Ten play set to resume later this week.  This marks the fourth straight week Indiana has been ranked No. 4 — their highest ever ranking in the AP top-25.  The Hoosiers continue to trail No. 3 Ohio State by one spot.

Joining those two squads from the Big Ten in this week’s women’s AP top-25 are No. 12 Iowa, No. 14 Michigan, and No. 16 Maryland.

The IU women return to action on Thursday when they play at Michigan State (3 p.m. Eastern, BTN Plus).  The Spartans are 8-5 overall, and 0-2 in the Big Ten.  Indiana’s next home game is on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. Eastern (ESPN) against Nebraska.  As the fourth team in the receiving votes group, the Cornhuskers are effectively No. 29.

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