This is the season Indiana basketball fans have been waiting for. The talented and experienced Hoosiers begin the season ranked No. 1 in Sports Illustrated’s 2012 College Basketball Preview, on newsstands now. Cody Zeller, who may be the most important recruit to come to Indiana since Isiah Thomas, is set for a dominant sophomore season and is featured on Sports Illustrated’s regional cover. This marks the first time an Indiana Basketball player has been featured on the cover of SI since D.J. White in 2007.
The last five top ranked preseason teams to be featured on SI’s College Basketball preview have all at least reached the Sweet 16:
2012 – Indiana Hoosiers (TBD)
2011 – North Carolina Tar Heels (Elite 8)
2010 – Duke Blue Devils (Sweet 16)
2009 – Kansas Jayhawks (Sweet 16)
2008 – North Carolina Tar Heels (won NCAA title)
2007 – North Carolina Tar Heels (Final Four)
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ANNOUNCES ITS PRESEASON COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25
As presented on The Dan Patrick Show this morning, Sports Illustrated released its 2012-13 preseason college basketball Top 25, with Indiana picked to win the NCAA Title. Following the Hoosiers are No. 2 Louisville, No. 3 Kansas and defending national champion No. 4 Kentucky. The Big Ten conference is the most represented conference, with five teams in SI’s Top 25, including three teams in the top ten: No. 1 Indiana, No 6. Michigan and No. 7 Ohio State. The ACC has four teams represented and the SEC and Big East each have three. The Creighton Bluejays who cemented their name among mid-major powers with its 29-wins last season is No. 17 making it the highest ranked mid-major school.
Preseason Top 25:
5) N.C. State
7) Ohio State
12) North Carolina
13) Michigan State
16) San Diego State
20) Notre Dame
24) Saint Louis
25) Florida State
Also in this week’s Sports Illustrated: Peter King’s divisional round predictions, disproving the myth that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team and the reemergence of Indiana basketballPosted: January 11, 2012
You have already seen our cover featuring the BCS champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Here is what else awaits in this week’s Jan. 16 issue.
AFC AND NFC DIVISIONAL-ROUND FORECASTS – PETER KING (@SI_PeterKing)
Patriots 30, Broncos 16: “I can’t see Denver covering the Pats’ tight ends well—meaning the Broncos’ season will not end well.”
Ravens 30, Texans 20: “Ray Rice versus Arian Foster. Who wins? The rested Rice because he has a better QB to threaten the opposing secondary.”
Saints 24, 49ers 19: “Darren Sproles plays at a different speed from everyone else, even the lightning-fast San Francisco linebackers.”
Packers 24, Giants 23: “In the end Aaron Rodgers will make the plays in the fourth quarter to win the best game of the playoff weekend.”
On the Tablets: Peter King’s guest on his weekly podcast interview is Texans G.M. Rick Smith. Plus, King’s “Last Word on the NFL” heading into the divisional round of the playoffs.