[Bumped, because this is flat-out ridiculous.--OPS]
Jeff Sagarin has used one of his kooky formulas (read: math is involved) to rank all of the current Division One programs. He's looking back over 70 years to do this, and it appears that as much weight is given to the first twenty-five years as the last twenty-five. Here's the thing, the overall rankings are crap. There is no way that Iowa belongs in the Top Ten. Not above all of those teams with more Final Fours and, oh I don't know, A CHAMPIONSHIP!
However, scroll down and things get more interesting. Look at the Top 40 rankings by decade.
Iowa checks in at #16 in the 1940s.
#8 in the 1950s.
#20 in the 1960s.
#39 in the 1970s
#8 in the 1980s.
#22 in the 1990s.
And in this decade? In Alford's decade? You can look, but I haven't found us yet.
Very few schools make the list in every decade. I didn't count, so I'll guess 12. Iowa had a history of consistency - and then Alford ruined that. Remember this the next time someone says "it's too hard to win at Iowa." Bullshit. It had been done for 60 years. It was only hard for Alford to win at Iowa.