Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012
NEW YORK — Indiana was ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25 on Friday, a first for the Hoosiers since 1979-80, when they were coached by Bob Knight and the 3-point line was still in the experimental phase.
The Hoosiers, who return all five starters including 213-cm sophomore Cody Zeller, received 43 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Indiana is a preseason No. 1 for the third time.
Louisville, which reached the Final Four last season, and Kentucky, the reigning national champions who beat Indiana in the regional semifinals and Louisville in the national semifinals, received the rest of the first-place votes. Louisville was No. 1 on 20 ballots and the Wildcats got the other two.
This is the fifth time that Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky were all ranked in the preseason top 10. The last time was 1982-83 when Kentucky was No. 4, Louisville No. 8 and Indiana was ninth.