Indiana remains No. 5 in AP, USA Today polls


Indiana remained No. 5 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls this week. Duke maintains the No. 1 spot in both polls followed by Michigan. Louisville remains No. 3 in the AP poll followed by Arizona, with those two teams flipping spots in the USA Today poll.

The Big Ten still has six teams in the top 25. Following Michigan and IU are Minnesota (No. 8 in the AP and No. 10 USA Today), Illinois (No. 12 and No. 13), Ohio State (No. 15 and No. 14) and Michigan State (No. 22 and No. 18.)

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5 comments:

  • Punjab says:

    We looked like a top five team in the first half tonight. Not so much in the second. A good, solid Big Ten Road win, but I would’ve liked to see more of our guys rotated in. Our starters often looked like they were in cruise control after halftime, and we could’ve used the player development on our younger guys for when we need them down the stretch.

  • Chet says:

    Yeah, they didn’t have the fire in the second half, did they? The first half was the kind of start I’ve been waiting for all year. At least we know it’s possible now.

    If they want a shot at the brass ring they’ll need to put two halves together every night. They’re at a good place right now, I think. Just keep improving and peek at tourney time.

  • Punjab says:

    I guess you have to give Arizona credit for still being unbeaten, but they do not look like the #3 or 4 team in the country. Two bad wins (if you want to call Colorado a win, which many AP voters apparently did not…) not only dropped them the polls, but also make you wonder if they even belong in the Final Four discussion. I’ve got IU, Puke, Louisville, Michigan, and maybe Kansas as the only legit contenders. ‘Zona looks like they belong in the next tier with OSU, Syracuse, and the rest.

  • Podunker says:

    Yes, Arizona has not looked impressive in their last two home wins. But they are a young team and wins are wins. PAC12 is kind of down this year, so if AZ continues to improve and win the PAC 12, they should be primed to go deep in March. They too have a good coach.

  • Punjab says:

    I’m not overly concerned with polls, but another week like that coupled with an IU road win and a W over MN might allow us to leapfrog AZ as well. It doesn’t look like it’ll take much to run the table in the PAC-12. A sweep of UCLA would be a statement, but AZ is a team that looks like a #1 seed just waiting to get knocked out early.

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