After five straight wins (three without Robert Johnson), locking up an outright Big Ten title, and finishing the regular season at 25-6, the Indiana Hoosiers have reached their highest spot in both the USA Today Coaches' Poll and the AP Poll this week, checking in at No. 10 in each.
Throughout the season, Indiana has had trouble making jumps in the polls, with the early struggles of Maui and the disappointing loss to Penn State looming over their heads. But it finally appears that voters are rewarding Indiana for what they accomplished in the other 28 games. And if the team continues to trend in the right direction, hopefully the selection committee will be able to forget about those rare bad moments as well.
The polls were released shortly after Indiana found out that it had collected a little hardware, with Tom Crean being named Big Ten Coach of the Year, and Yogi Ferrell earning First-team All-Conference honors.