The first AP top-25s of 2023 were released on Monday, and the IU men’s and women’s basketball programs made slight moves in opposite directions.
The IU men moved up one spot to No. 15 despite not playing a game over the last week. The Hoosiers return to action on Thursday at Iowa, a team that has lost four of its last five games.
In-state rival Purdue (13-0) is No. 1 for the fourth straight week. The Boilermakers will be tested this week with three league games. They host Rutgers on Monday, and then travel to Ohio State and Penn State later in the week.
Joining IU and Purdue from the Big Ten in this week’s top-25 are No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 24 Ohio State. Illinois and Michigan State are also receiving votes.
Indiana’s early season win over Xavier continues to look better after they knocked off then No. 2 UConn and moved up four spots to No. 18 this week. Conversely, North Carolina is no longer receiving votes. Kansas (3) and Arizona (5) continue to look like two of the best teams in the country.
On the women’s side, Indiana dropped two spots to No. 6 in the new AP top-25 released on Monday. That follows the Hoosiers’ first loss of the 2022-23 season at Michigan State last week. IU rebounded with an overtime win over Nebraska on Sunday.
The Hoosiers are hoping for the near-term return of All-American guard Grace Berger to help them navigate the conference gauntlet.
No. 3 Ohio State continues to be the top-ranked women’s team from the Big Ten, with Maryland (13), Michigan (14) and Iowa (16) all looking formidable, and Illinois and Nebraska also receiving votes.
For links to all of the key rankings including the NCAA’s NET, bracketologies and advanced analytic sites you can always check this page that is included in our IU basketball drop-down menu:
The Daily Hoosier –“Where Indiana fans assemble when they’re not at Assembly”