Tom Crean's rebuilding project at Indiana has officially fallen into place.
The Hoosiers were ranked No. 1 when the USA Today Preseason Top 25 was released earlier this month, and they are now the official top team in the first AP Poll of the season.
The AP rankings were released earlier today, and the top 10 is as follows:
No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers
No. 2 Louisville Cardinals
No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats
No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes
No. 5 Michigan Wolverines
No. 6 North Carolina State Wolfpack
No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks
No. 8 Duke Blue Devils
No. 9 Syracuse Orange
No. 10 Florida Gators
It is the first time since 2008-09 that one conference has had three teams ranked in the top five. That year, it was the Big East with three teams near the top (Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh).
Interestingly enough, the top 10 of the AP Poll is identical to the top 10 of the USA Today Preseason Poll.
Indiana received 43 of the 65 possible first-place votes, with Louisville (20) and Kentucky (two) splitting the other 22.
Each of the four teams that made it to the Final Four in the 2011-12 season are represented in the top 10 as well.
So what do you think? Does anyone jump out as being overrated or underrated to you? Let me know in the comments section.
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