The early preseason rankings for the 2015-16 season always come out right after the Final Four and several have been rolled out already.
In at least one of them, Indiana is being picked as a top 10 team next season.
The top 25 released by SI.com has the Hoosiers ranked No. 9 in the nation next season. Obviously this is banking on the fact that everyone returns and that IU commit Thomas Bryant signs with IU. Bryant can sign his letter beginning April 15.
Here’s a link to that top 25.
As always, however, there is a major difference of opinion when it comes to these early polls. A top 25 from NBC Sports, for example, didn’t list IU in the top 25. Another one, from USA Today, had the Hoosiers ranked No. 20.
The oddsmakers, though, seem to think Indiana could have a big year, too.
In the earliest odds released by Bovada that give odds to win the national championship in 2016, Indiana is one of five schools listed at 25-to-1. Eight schools have better odds than that led by North Carolina at 6-1 and Kentucky at 8-1.