Undefeated Butler joins Indiana and Purdue in college basketball’s top 25
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana basketball teams are well represented in both college basketball polls, with three teams in the top 25.
The Butler Bulldogs roared into both polls this week.
The Bulldogs jumped to No. 18 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls. The Bulldogs were previously unranked.
Butler is off to a 7-0 start. Their most notable win is a victory in the Las Vegas Invitational against then-No. 8 Arizona (currently No. 16 in AP/No. 15 in USA Today/Coaches Poll). The Bulldogs defeated Utah Monday night to score a key victory on the road. Butler’s next three games are against Central Arkansas, Indiana State and Cincinnati. They’ll play Indiana on Dec. 17.
The Hoosiers, on the other hand, dropped several spots in both polls after a surprising loss to the Fort Wayne Mastodons. The Hoosiers, 4-1, beat Kansas—still a top five team in both polls—in their season opener.
The Hoosiers dropped to No. 13 in the AP and No. 10 in the USA Today/Coaches polls. They’ll have a chance to work their way back up when they take on UNC (No. 3 AP, No. 3 in USA Today/Coaches) in Bloomington Wednesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
IU will then play SIU Edwardsville and Southeast Missouri State.
The Purdue Boilermakers rose in both polls. The Boilermakers went up two spots in the AP Poll to No. 15 and crept up three spots in the USA Today/Coaches Poll to No 16.
Purdue is 5-1 on the season, its only blemish a tightly contested loss to Villanova. The defending national champions are 6-0 on the season and rank No. 2 in both polls.
Purdue takes on No. 14 Louisville in a road game Wednesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Their next two opponents are Morehead State and Arizona State.
Notre Dame could soon join the rankings. The Irish are currently unranked but received votes in both polls. The Irish are 6-0. They’ll take on Iowa Tuesday night with games against North Carolina A&T, Fort Wayne and No. 2 Villanova on the horizon.