POLL WATCH: Iowa Remains Ranked in AP, Coaches Polls

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

How much did Iowa's runner-up finish at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament influence their poll standing? Not that much.

Iowa went 2-1 in last weekend's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas, failing to claim the magic conch of power but still logging wins over Xavier and UTEP before falling to Villanova in OT in the title game. How much impact did those results have on Iowa's placement in the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls? Steady as she goes.

AP POLL -- 12/2/2013

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State (63) 7-0 1623 1
2 Arizona (2) 7-0 1547 4
3 Kentucky 7-1 1473 3
4 Syracuse 7-0 1375 8
5 Ohio State 6-0 1340 7
6 Kansas 6-1 1240 2
7 Louisville 6-1 1139 9
8 Wisconsin 8-0 1094 10
9 Oklahoma State 7-1 1070 5
10 Duke 6-2 1021 6
11 Wichita State 8-0 911 12
12 Connecticut 7-0 836 13
13 Oregon 7-0 801 14
14 Villanova 7-0 785 37
15 Florida 6-1 758 15
16 Memphis 5-1 748 21
17 Iowa State 5-0 623 17
18 UCLA 7-0 548 19
19 Gonzaga 7-1 380 11
20 Baylor 7-1 377 18
21 Massachusetts 6-0 274 24
22 Michigan 5-2 223 22
23 Iowa 7-1 171 23
24 San Diego State 5-1 150
25 Dayton 6-1 90
Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 74, Virginia 73, New Mexico 71, North Carolina 62, Florida State 40, Pittsburgh 36, Boise State 36, VCU 30, Charlotte 20, Creighton 17, Colorado 17, Missouri 16, Harvard 10, Illinois 10, Cincinnati 8, Ole Miss 3, George Washington 2, Saint Mary's 2, Xavier 1

Iowa's runner-up finish at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament sees them go from #23 in the AP Poll to... #23 in the AP Poll. Exciting! Iowa-slayer (and, OK, Kansas-slayer) Villanova vaults from deep in the Others Receiving Votes category to #14. That likely isn't indicative of where Iowa would have ranked had they defeated Villanova in the B4A title game -- that win over Kansas was a huge feather in 'Nova's cap.

USA TODAY COACHES POLL -- 12/2/2013

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State (31) 7-0 799 1
2 Arizona (1) 7-0 758 3
3 Ohio State 6-0 695 6
4 Kentucky 7-1 683 4
5 Syracuse 7-0 682 7
6 Louisville 6-1 607 9
7 Kansas 6-1 597 2
8 Duke 6-2 547 5
9 Wisconsin 8-0 517 11
10 Wichita State 8-0 484 12
11 Oklahoma State 7-1 476 8
12 Florida 6-1 426 13
13 Oregon 7-0 417 15
14 Connecticut 7-0 410 14
15 Memphis 5-1 311 19
15 Gonzaga 7-1 311 10
17 UCLA 7-0 261 21
18 Iowa State 5-0 245 22
19 Villanova 7-0 201 42
20 Baylor 7-1 195 17
21 Michigan 5-2 156 20
22 Massachusetts 6-0 122 26
23 Indiana 6-1 76 25
24 Iowa 7-1 63 23
25 North Carolina 4-2 62 16
Others Receiving Votes: Virginia 42, New Mexico 36, San Diego State 35, VCU 35, Pittsburgh 33, Dayton 26, Boise State 21, Creighton 17, Saint Mary's 13, Florida State 10, Missouri 10, Colorado 8, Charlotte 6, Marquette 4, Notre Dame 2, George Washington 1

Meanwhile, in the Coaches Poll, Iowa's 2-1 efforts in the Bahamas see them go from #23 a week ago to #24 this week. Villanova jumps into the polls here as well, although only at #19. Tomorrow night's opponent, Notre Dame, sits near the bottom of the Others Receiving Votes category in the Coaches Poll as well.

Future non-conference opponent Iowa State is cooling their heels at 17th and 18th, respectively, in the AP and Coaches Polls, meaning that if Iowa takes care of business against Notre Dame tomorrow night, there's an excellent chance that Iowa and Iowa State will both be ranked when Iowa heads to Hilton Coliseum on Friday the 13th. Let the hype begin...

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