Debate It: Should IU be ranked in preseason polls?

Tom Crean and Indiana spent a big portion of last season ranked No. 1 in the nation. As we all know, though, the Hoosiers lost a ton of talent, including Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller. They return Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey and also welcome a decorated incoming class, so the question needs to be asked: Should Indiana be ranked in the preseason polls? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their thoughts below.

Tom: The Hoosiers lost a lot of star power off their Big Ten championship team that advanced to the Sweet 16. Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller turned pro early, while seniors Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls have graduated. Still, I think Tom Crean’s crew should be ranked entering 2013-14. The Hoosiers will have a nice core of players to build around in forwards Will Sheehey and Jeremy Hollowell, along with guard Yogi Ferrell. And touted youngsters Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin could emerge. But the real reason for optimism is a star-stuffed collection of incoming freshmen. Noah Vonleh, a 6-9 power forward, is the jewel of the class. He should be a star the instant he walks onto the court. Small forward Troy Williams, center Luke Fischer and shooting guard Stanford Robinson also will bring fat scrapbooks to Bloomington. Yes, there may be some bumps along the way early next season while the young Hoosiers develop chemistry and smooth over rough spots. But this team’s talent dictates a preseason ranking. And, heck, Indiana could emerge as a Big Ten contender in a league that figures to be paced by Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan.

Brent: When it comes to college sports, few things frustrate me more than the made-to-create-buzz preseason rankings. They mean nothing, but at least in basketball they don’t have any impact on the postseason. Why the funny face, football? OK, now that that’s out of my system, to the question proposed: No, I don’t think Indiana should be ranked in the 2013-14 preseason polls. Relax, Indiana fans, this is just my opinion on the preseason polls. Should the Hoosiers’ decorated freshmen be more Yogi Ferrell than Hanner Mosquera-Perea, no doubt, Indiana deserves to be ranked – after the first couple weeks. But, from what we know right now, that Indiana will be comprised of Ferrell, Will Sheehey, Evan Gordon and a bunch of inexperienced, albeit talented, youngsters, I’m not sure the Hoosiers are worthy of a national ranking from the onset. Frankly, I’m not a fan of assuming decorated freshmen will immediately transition and succeed, and that’s what voters will be doing if they feel Indiana is one of the nation’s top 25 teams in early November. So, yeah, Indiana features the talent to be ranked, but I don’t see it as one of the top 25 teams when the season tips.

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Ron Alberts on 5/21/2013 @ 2:45pm EST Said:

Tom Crean is not a very good coach. Indiana will probably lose to Wisconsin a 13th straight time

Al Pittman on 5/21/2013 @ 3:03pm EST Said:

Crean now seems to be recruiting 2 years and gone type players, I hate this, it is destroying the “team” consept, stay the whole 4 years, I would rather have a team with all 4 year type players, not what just happened in B-town this spring, the heart was ripped out of next years team, stop it!!!!

Craig on 5/21/2013 @ 4:20pm EST Said:

No, IU does not deserve to be ranked but due to the name on the front of jersey they inevitably will be.

Sheldon Chastain on 5/21/2013 @ 6:27pm EST Said:

Al… you need to get with the times brother. As a Young (27) IU fan I will say, this “we must have A+ student/ 4 year team commitment” type of players is just ignorant. CBB has changed, you must change with it or fall to the wayside. Good thing Tom Crean understands this and is recruiting the best players for his teams. Otherwise we might still be mentioned in the same sentence as Purdue or Iowa. Instead of OSU, MSU, Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas.

Pundit on 5/21/2013 @ 6:33pm EST Said:

Absolutely not. Crean had, by far, the most talented team in the nation this past year. He BARELY won the Big Ten, and even that took quite a bit of friendly whistles in Bloomington. And of course, IU then crapped down their leg in the NCAA tournament. Perhaps a better question is “Will Indiana ever be ranked again with Tom Crean as the coach?”.

Jason hite on 5/21/2013 @ 7:55pm EST Said:

Clearly all the talent was on the court and not on the bench last season…Crean is a tool, he’s just a new version of Mike Davis, well except that Davis made it to a Final. No matter how good the talent is he brings in its all on their shoulders to be great college players. Crean only cares about his next paycheck on not his next round of recruits aspirations to be great players.

John Murphy on 5/23/2013 @ 10:14am EST Said:

Brent said “When it comes to college sports, few things frustrate me more than the made-to-create-buzz preseason rankings. They mean nothing, ” Actually, preseason ranking collelate more to NCAA success than the final rankings…research it.

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TT on 9/26/2013 @ 9:46am EST Said:

Davis made it to the final with knights players … Tom Crean spent the last five years rebuilding a program and then got a #1 ranking out of if it ..