THE IOWA WOMEN PLAY THURSDAY. Lisa Bluder's Hawkeyes will host Michigan State Thursday evening at Carver Hawkeye Arena. After losing their first two conference games, Bluder's squad is back on the winning track winning the last two games pushing their league record to (2-2). Bluder talks about the upcoming game with Sparty.
IOWA WRESTLING HEADS TO NEBRASKA.
TONY RAMOS IS A BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK. For the fourth time in his career, Tony Ramos is the Big Ten's Wrestler of the Week. This time he shares the award with Northwestern's Mike McMullan. Ramos earned the honor with his big defeat of Oklahoma State's Jon Morrison.
NICK MOORE ALSO HONORED. Moore was named USA Wrestling's Athlete of the Week. Moore defeated #2 ranked Tyler Caldwell, of Oklahoma State, to help the Hawkeye team victory last week.
FRAN MCCAFFERY'S TEAM WILL REST THIS WEEK. Iowa's next game is Sunday when they host Minnesota. While we wait for Sunday there's plenty of other hoops action that will impact Iowa's rankings. Wisconsin and Kentucky lost last night. The Bucky loss drops them to #4 in kenpom's rankings. One spot ahead of Iowa. It's probably too early to care too much about all of that but it sure if fun to be involved again.
SPEAKING OF RANKINGS. Iowa is #14 on ESPN's recent Power Poll. The pol released yesterday before Kentucky's loss. Iowa is also ranked #4 by Jeff Sagarin's computer rankings. Between Pomeroy and Sagarin, computers love the Hawkeyes. There's also some recent "bracketology" stuff that will be more meaningful later on down the road.
THE HAWKEYES ARE HOT. Iowa's big win over Ohio State put them on the map, so to speak. ESPN talked about Iowa last evening during the halftime of the Wisconsin-Indiana game. One analyst, Seth Greenberg, mentioned Iowa and Final Four. Sports Illustrated predicted a champion of a pool of eight teams. ISU was selected and Iowa not due to their lack of tournament experience.
For Iowa's efforts against Ohio State, the Hawks were named NBC Sports' team of the week. Also, Athlon Sports recognized Devyn Marble as their National Player of the Week.
Playing Winning on national television has its rewards.
I HOPE YOU GOT YOUR TICKETS. Iowa announced yesterday that the seven remaining home games for men's basketball have sold out. I did a quick StubHub search as as of yesterday afternoon, you could buy tickets for the game with Minnesota for $79. Tickets for Iowa's game with Michigan State start at $43 and tickets for Wisconsin-Iowa start at $53.
A COUPLE OF HOOPS RECRUITING NAMES TO WATCH.
Willie Atwood had Arkansas, Iowa and TCU in to see him last night. Finished with 19pts, 15 rebounds. Ole Miss is the latest to show interest— Brad Winton (@JucoRecruiting) January 14, 2014
Let's go Iowa !— Trey Dickerson (@Dat_boy_TD) January 12, 2014
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