Finally! It seems as if all the Hoosiers needed was to be doubted and unranked for them to kick things into gear. Since being unranked after Week 9, the Hoosiers are 5-1 with double-digit victories over No. 18 Wisconsin, on the road against Illinois, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
With 250 votes received for Week 13, Indiana finds itself at No. 21 in the polls, shockingly behind Clemson (18-4) and Florida Atlantic (21-1), both of whom do not have the similar type of resume that the Hoosiers have through January.
Aside from the Hoosiers earning a spot in the AP Top 25, the only other Big Ten team to appear on the list is No. 1 Purdue, who is holding strong at 21-1 overall and first in the Big Ten at 10-1. Before the two ranked Big Ten teams face off this week, the Boilermakers have to handle business against Penn State at home and the Hoosiers need to continue their strong play on the road against Maryland.
As of this Week 13 poll, Indiana basketball holds a record of 1-2 (.333) overall against top 25 opponents, with their two losses coming to No. 8 Kansas on the road and No. 5 Arizona in Las Vegas, and their lone win coming at No. 16 Xavier back on November 18.
The streaking Hoosiers are 15-6 overall and now two games above .500 in the Big Ten at 6-4, which puts them as tied for third in the conference. While No. 21 is excellent in the rankings, focusing on a very talented Maryland team before going in on No. 1 Purdue in Assembly Hall should be goal number one.
The Hoosiers travel to Maryland on Tuesday, a team that has won three of its last four and the only loss since January 16 coming at No. 3 Purdue by three points. Could Indiana basketball get to 17-6 overall and 8-4 in the Big Ten by the end of this week? A potential win over No. 1 Purdue could skyrocket the Hoosiers to a top-10 ranking if they can go undefeated this week!