What a difference a year makes in Bloomington.
Last fall, only one publication — The Sporting News — picked Indiana to finish in the top six of the Big Ten. But after a 27-win season, a run to the Sweet 16 and the return of their five leading scorers, the Hoosiers are nearly the unanimous pick for preseason No. 1 in the six early top 25′s that are out to date.
Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon College Basketall Yearbook, ESPN.com and The Sporting News all have Indiana No. 1 in their top 25′s.
CBSSports.com and Lindy’s Sports have the Hoosiers at No. 2. CBSSports.com has Kentucky No. 1, while Lindy’s prefers Louisville in the top spot.
Along with the lofty team rankings, several individuals on IU’s roster are also receiving recognition nationally.
Cody Zeller is on the preseason first team All-American for Athlon Sports, The Sporting News and Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He’s also the pick for national player of the year by The Sporting News and Lindy’s Sports has him rated...