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What’s In a Number (1)?
IU remains No. 1 in the AP Poll. But this time, it’s a close call.
After losing to unranked Illinois on Thursday in one of the strangest ways possible, IU seemed destined to drop several spots in the national rankings. Of course, that was before an epic collapse by the country’s top teams. Last week, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Michigan, No. 5 Kansas, and No. 7 Arizona all lost. And the Hoosiers rebounded impressively to win at No. 10 Ohio State on Sunday.
Even so, it surprised some when today’s AP Poll listed IU (21-3) ahead of Duke (21-2). The Blue Devils garnered 20 votes (to IU’s 26) for the top spot, and the USA Today Coaches Poll had Duke at No. 1. Apparently, the Hoosiers’ ability to remain atop the brutal Big Ten was enough to edge out Coach Krzyzewski’s squad, which despite a better record, hasn’t managed to lead their own conference. (That distinction belongs to a surging 19-3 Miami team.)
Here’s how things stand as IU heads into what should be two easy games at home against Nebraska and Purdue. Where do you think the Hoosiers belong?