The Indiana Hoosiers haven’t played a single game yet but are already destined for greatness, according to the latest preseason college basketball polls conducted by ESPN and USA Today.
Both media outlets have the Hoosiers ranked No. 1 in the polls, grabbing 21 out of the 31 first-place votes, gaining 768 points total. The Hoosiers got some great new recruits in and have all five of their starters returning for another season of basketball.
The Hoosiers showed they were back to their basketball dominance against with a strong showing last season, being most memorable for a big win over the Kentucky Wildcats last season thanks to a game-winning three-pointer by Christian Watford. That win fueled them into the NCAA Tournament, but they fell to the Wildcats in a rematch during the Sweet 16 round.
It is the third time in the team’s history that they ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls. They ranked No. 1 in 1975 prior to having a 32-0 record. They then had it again in 1980, which led to them to winning it all in 1981. The last time IU was No. 1 in the regular season polls was in 1993. They finished 27-9 last season.
This is some great news for the Hoosiers, who are sometimes still a little bit overlooked by some, even though they had a big, improving season last year. With freshman Yogi Ferrell coming in and with the team led by their frontcourt fueled Cody Zeller and Watford, this looks like a hard squad to stop.
Indiana opens up their first game on November 9 against Bryant University.