The USA Today Preseason Coaches poll was released on Wednesday and a somewhat surprising school topped the list at #1.
The Indiana Hoosiers received 21 of the 31 first place votes to top the list while defending champion Kentucky sits at #3. The Hoosiers squad this year return four starters from last season's turnaround year that saw the Hoosiers win an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 2007. This is the first time that the Hoosiers have been the preseason number one since 1981.
Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean seems to be excited for his team and prepares for the target attached to them.
"I think it'd be crazy to try to shy away from it," Crean told USA Today. "If we were, our kids would look at us and roll their eyes. We don't talk about it much. We talk about living up to the standards that we need to live up to on a daily basis to have it that way at the end of the year."
The Hoosiers are aiming to win their first National Championship since 1987 and will start their campaign on November 9th against Bryant University.
The Louisville Cardinals are right behind the Hoosiers at #2, followed by Kentucky, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Michigan Wolverines rounding out the top five.
North Carolina State Wolfpack, Kansas Jayhawks, Duke Blue Devils, Syracuse Orange, and the Florida Gators round out the top ten.