BOZICH: U of L, IU, UK 1-2-3 (In Any Order) Would Be Historic - WDRB 41 Louisville News

BOZICH: U of L, IU, UK 1-2-3 (In Any Order) Would Be Historic

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Indiana center Cody Zeller made the Blue Ribbon yearbook all-American team. Indiana center Cody Zeller made the Blue Ribbon yearbook all-American team.

LOUISVILLE, (Ky.) – It is becoming increasingly likely that Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana (you choose the order) are going to be ranked 1-2-3 in the Associated Press pre-season college basketball poll. 

That is something that has never happened.

Trust me. I checked. All three local teams have never started the season in the Top Five, according to poll guru Jim O'Connell of the Associated Press.

They have started the season in the Top 10 four times, but not since the 1983 season when Louisville made the Final Four in Albuquerque. The pre-season poll began with the 1961-62 season.

Here is the list of Top 10 group starts:

1974: No. 3 Indiana, No. 9 Louisville, No. 10 Kentucky (None made Final Four.)

1976: No. 1 Indiana, No. 6 Kentucky, No. 8 Louisville (IU won the title.)

1977: No. 5 Indiana, No. 6 Kentucky, No. 9 Louisville (None made Final Four.)

1983: No. 4 Kentucky, No. 8 Louisville, No. 9 Indiana (U of L lost to Houston in semifinals.) 

Why is this a blog-worthy item today?

Because Chris Dortch, editor of Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook, has shared the news that Blue Ribbon is starting the 2012-13 season with Indiana ranked first, Louisville second and Kentucky third. Athlon Sports also has all three in its top three.

IU center Cody Zeller and Peyton Siva, Louisville's senior point guard, are Blue Ribbon Cover guys – joined by Doug McDermott of Creighton, Michael Snaer of Florida State and DeShaun Thomas of Ohio State. (For the record, that's two former Mr. Basketballs from the state of Indiana, still the most prestigious single state award in the game by miles.)

The yearbook is available for $22.95 at blueribbonyearbookonline.com.

Here is the rest of the Blue Ribbon Top 25:

4. N.C. State

5. Michigan

6. Duke

7. Michigan State

8. Florida

9. North Carolina

10. Creighton

11. Saint Louis

12. UCLA

13. Kansas

14. Syracuse

15. UNLV

16. Arizona

17. Ohio State

18. Memphis

19. Baylor

20. Gonzaga

21. Notre Dame

22. Tennessee

23. Wisconsin

24. Miami (Florida)

25. Texas

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