Indiana picked to finish 9th in the Big Ten

Indiana didn't get much love from 27 Big Ten writer's in their annual preseason poll. The Hoosiers were picked ninth out of the 14 B1G teams.

Indiana was picked ninth in the Big Ten by a poll of 27 conference writers that was released Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago.

The writer’s poll has been conducted for several years in an effort to give a better indication of what the media thinks will eventually take place that season. The Big Ten releases an official poll but it normally only has the top three teams. The writer’s poll is a complete 14-team prediction.

This season the conference writer’s that participated in the poll were unanimous on two selections – All 27 picked Wisconsin to win the Big Ten and everyone picked Rutgers to finish last.

Ohio State was tabbed second, Michigan State third, Nebraska fourth, Michigan fifth, Minnesota sixth and Iowa seventh to round out the upper tier of the Big Ten. Illinois was eighth, IU ninth, Maryland 10th, Purdue 11th, Penn State 12th, Northwestern 13th and Rutgers 14th.

Indiana’s highest vote was a sixth place finish. Three writers picked IU seventh, four had the Hoosiers eighth, 10 picked the ninth, seven had IU 10th, and one each had the Hoosiers 11th or 12th.

Here is the complete writer’s poll for the 2014-15 men’s basketball season. Thanks to Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch for once again organizing the poll.

1. Wisconsin, 378

2. Ohio State, 322

3. Michigan State, 305

4. Nebraska, 299

5. Michigan, 286

6. Minnesota, 226

7. Iowa, 214

8. Illinois, 196

9. INDIANA, 163

10. Maryland, 162

11. Purdue, 95

12. Penn State, 84

13. Northwestern, 78

14. Rutgers, 27

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