POLL WATCH: Iowa Ranked in Top 25 in AP and Coaches Polls

That's right, Gabe and Mike -- you're ranked! - Tyler Finchum, The Daily Iowan

Double your pleasure, double your rankings fun.

Another week, another fresh set of Top 25 polls.  The only differences for Iowa between this week and last week?  Iowa moves up slightly in the USA Today Coaches Poll (from #25 to #23) and they're ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time this season.  The same "first time ranked since ____" information that we talked about last week applies this week, too; Iowa hasn't been ranked in an AP poll since the season-ending poll in 2005-06.

Iowa's the fifth of five Big Ten teams ranked in both polls: Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan are the other B1G teams to earn a ranking this week.  Just one of Iowa's future non-conference opponents is ranked (Iowa State at #17), although there's a chance that Iowa will get Kansas (#2) in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament this weekend. Future non-conference opponents (and/or potential non-conference opponents) Xavier and Tennessee are both listed in the "others receiving votes" category, meaning that five of Iowa's next seven non-conference opponents could be ranked in the top 40 or so in the nation.  So yes: things are about to get much, much more real for the Iowa hoopsters.

AP Poll, 11/25/13

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State 6-0 1,616 1
2 Kansas 4-0 1,559 2
3 Kentucky 4-1 1,445 4
4 Arizona 5-0 1,425 5
5 Oklahoma State 4-0 1,347 7
6 Duke 5-1 1,285 6
7 Ohio State 4-0 1,206 8
8 Syracuse 4-0 1,161 9
9 Louisville 5-1 1,103 3
10 Wisconsin 6-0 960 12
11 Gonzaga 4-0 830 13
12 Wichita State 5-0 809 14
13 Connecticut 6-0 798 18
14 Oregon 4-0 731 17
15 Florida 4-1 729 16
16 North Carolina 4-1 712 24
17 Iowa State 4-0 521 21
18 Baylor 4-0 437 20
19 UCLA 5-0 416 22
20 Creighton 4-0 373 23
21 Memphis 2-1 354 11
22 Michigan 4-2 238 14
23 Iowa 5-0 197 NR
24 Massachusetts 6-0 188 NR
25 Marquette 3-1 126 17

FULL POLL

USA Today Coaches Poll, 11/25/13

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Michigan State Spartans 6-0 798 30 1
1/2
2 Kansas Jayhawks 4-0 762 2 3 1 2/6
3 Arizona Wildcats 5-0 722
4 1 3/5
4 Kentucky Wildcats 4-1 672 5 1 1/5
5 Duke Blue Devils 5-1 639 6 1 4/6
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 4-0 617 8 2 6/10
7 Syracuse Orangemen 4-0 611 7 7/7
8 Oklahoma State Buckeyes 4-0 593 9 1 8/12
9 Louisville Cardinals 5-1 591 2 7 2/9
10 Gonzaga Bulldogs 4-0 454 12 2 10/15
11 Wisconsin Badgers 6-0 440 15 4 11/21
12 Wichita State Shockers 5-0 405 16 4 12/16
13 Florida Gators 4-1 395 14 1 8/14
14 Connecticut Huskies 6-0 337 18 4 14/20
15 Oregon Ducks 4-0 327 17 2 15/18
16 North Carolina Tar Heels 4-1 325 19 3 11/19
17 Baylor Bears 4-0 213 21 4 17/21
18 Creighton Bluejays 4-0 199 23 5 18/23
19 Memphis Tigers 2-1 194 11 8 11/19
20 Michigan Wolverines 4-2 185 13 7 8/20
21 UCLA Bruins 5-0 156 24 3 21/24
22 Iowa State Cyclones 4-0 151 NR
22/NR
23 Iowa Hawkeyes 5-0 97 25 2 23/25
24 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 4-2 78 10 14 10/24
25 Indiana Hoosiers 5-1 72 22 3 22/25

FULL POLL

Can Iowa hold a spot in the rankings next week?  Obviously, a lot depends on what happens in the Bahamas this weekend.  If Iowa wins two games and loses to Kansas in the finals, there's a decent chance that they can stay ranked (probably in that same 20-25 range), especially if they don't get run off the gym by the Jayhawks.  Anything less than that, though, and we'll probably be saying goodbye to Iowa's tenure in the polls, at least for a week.  We'll check back next week to see where Iowa lands.

EDIT: If Iowa makes the Battle 4 Atlantis finals and BEATS Kansas, obviously we'll continue to be ranked -- and we'll be ranked much higher than we are this week.  The entire BHGP braintrust will also be running around with no pants on for a solid week if that happens. -- Ross

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