After victories over Nebraska and Purdue last week, Indiana has jumped up six spots in the USA Today Coaches Poll, from 21st to 15th. Along with Baylor, who moved from 22nd to 16th, the Hoosiers had the highest jump of any team in the poll this week. Meanwhile, in the AP poll, Indiana moves up four spots to 18th place. Villanova is still ranked first in both polls.
The Hoosiers were ranked 15th in the same Coaches Poll before the season started, so to return to that position after being unranked for several weeks once again shows the turnaround that Tom Crean and the Hoosiers have experienced this season. Left for dead after a sixth-place Maui finish and being run out of Cameron Indoor, Indiana has won 17 out of its past 20 games, controls its own destiny in the conference, and now is back in the top 15.
As for other teams of note: in the coaches poll, Michigan State, Iowa, and Maryland are all in a row at 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively, Kentucky is one spot ahead of IU at 14th, Purdue is 19th, and Notre Dame is 20th. Meanwhile, in the AP Poll, MSU, Iowa, and Maryland come in at 6th, 8th, and 10th respectively, while Kentucky is 16th, Purdue is 20th, and Notre Dame is 23rd. Note that Louisville and SMU are ranked in the AP poll but not part of the Coaches.