College Basketball: Indiana Tops Historic USA TODAY Coaches Poll for Big Ten

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Head coach Tom Crean of the Indiana Hoosiers reacts against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The day that really marks the official start of the college basketball season in the minds of plenty of fans has come today.

The first USA Today Coaches poll was released this afternoon, and the Indiana Hoosiers and coach Tom Crean top the list. The Hoosiers garnered 21 first place votes, while No. 2 Louisville and No. 3 Kentucky received five each. 

The complete list is as follows: 

No. 1 Indiana

No. 2 Louisville

No. 3 Kentucky

No. 4 Ohio State

No. 5 Michigan

No. 6 North Carolina State

No. 7 Kansas 

No. 8 Duke

No. 9 Syracuse

No. 10 Florida

No. 11 Arizona 

No. 12 North Carolina

No. 13 UCLA 

No. 14 Michigan State

No. 15 Creighton

No. 16 Memphis

No. 17 Missouri

No. 18 Baylor

No. 19 UNLV

No. 20 San Diego State

No. 21 Wisconsin 

No. 22 Gonzaga

No. 23 Notre Dame

No. 24 (tie) Florida State

No. 24 (tie) Texas

The Big Ten led the way with five teams in the poll, including three of the top five spots with Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan. It was the first time in the history of the poll that three Big Ten teams were ranked in the top five of the initial rankings.

There were also five teams from mid-major conferences, perhaps setting the stage for another Cinderella run come March. 

So what do you think? Who is overrated? Who is underrated? Let us know in the comments section.