Indiana basketball falls to No. 14 in AP Top 25 after Rutgers loss

Xavier Johnson #0 of the Indiana Hoosiers. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Xavier Johnson #0 of the Indiana Hoosiers. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Despite a win over No. 18 North Carolina on Wednesday, Indiana basketball drops to No. 14 in the AP Top 25 after their loss to Rutgers on Saturday.

The Hoosiers were one of four teams in the top 10 of last week’s AP Top 25 to lose at least one game. No. 4 Arizona dropped a road game against Utah (81-66), No. 6 Baylor got blown out on the road against Marquette (96-70), No. 7 Creighton lost on the road against No. 2 Texas (72-67), and at home against Nebraska (63-53), and No. 10 Indiana fell on the road against Rutgers (63-48).

Indiana basketball is now ranked as the third-highest-ranked team in the Big Ten, with Purdue rising to No. 4 and Maryland rising to No. 13, right ahead of No. 14 Indiana. Joining Purdue, Maryland, and Indiana in the top 25 are Illinois (No. 17) and Ohio State (No. 25).

Along with Indiana, Baylor (No. 6 to No. 12) and Creighton (No. 7 to No. 21) were the only teams in the top 10 to drop out of the top 10 coming into Week 5.

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Indiana basketball will not officially take on their first top 10 opponent this season, battling No. 10 Arizona in Las Vegas after their conference game against Nebraska on Wednesday. Next Saturday, as of right now, the Hoosiers will travel to Lawrence to fight with No. 6 Kansas. The Hoosiers are 5-5 (.500) against top 10 teams in their last 10 such matchups.

With a win against Nebraska on Wednesday and competing with No. 10 Arizona on Saturday, where could Indiana land in the Week 6 AP Top 25? Hoping for a top-10 nod after Saturday’s disappointment at Rutgers.

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