For the first time in Archie Miller’s tenure, Indiana is ranked — barely.
After close wins over Penn State and Louisville over the past week, the Hoosiers clocked in at number 25 in the most recent AP poll, which was released today. They are tied with Kansas State and Syracuse for 25th, as each team received exactly 118 points. This is the first time IU has been ranked since the first week of January 2017, when they were also ranked 25th.
It was once again a good week for the Big Ten in the poll. Undefeated Michigan is ranked 5th, while Michigan State is 9th. Ohio State and Wisconsin are at 15 and 16, respectively, while Iowa remains ranked 22nd despite early losses to MSU and Wisconsin. Right behind the Hoosiers as the first two in the “Also Receiving Votes” section are Nebraska and Maryland.
Kansas took over the #1 ranking in the poll, thanks to former #1 Gonzaga losing a close one to Tennessee on Sunday. The Vols and Zags are ranked 3rd and 4th, respectively, while Duke creeps back up to #2. Marquette — who IU destroyed in Assembly Hall last month — is ranked 21st on the strength of its overtime win over Wisconsin, while a few non-Gonzaga mid-majors also made the rankings, including Nevada (7th), Buffalo (14th), and Furman (23rd).
Indiana will have a chance to improve their ranking when they play Butler in the Crossroads Classic on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.