POLL WATCH: Iowa Drops Slightly in AP, Coaches Polls

Joe Robbins

New polls? New polls.

Monday means new polls and new polls means new POLL WATCH.  What happened to Iowa after losing an OT heartbreaker against Michigan State in mid-week and then beating the Big Ten's worst team on the road on Saturday?

AP POLL: FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Rank Team Record Pts Previous
1 Syracuse Orange (65) 21-0 1625 2
2 Arizona Wildcats 21-1 1517 1
3 Florida Gators 19-2 1482 3
4 Wichita St. Shockers 23-0 1447 4
5 San Diego St. Aztecs 19-1 1370 5
6 Villanova Wildcats 19-2 1252 9
7 Cincinnati Bearcats 21-2 1182 13
8 Kansas Jayhawks 16-5 1141 6
9 Michigan St. Spartans 19-3 1136 7
10 Michigan Wolverines 16-5 949 10
11 Duke Blue Devils 17-5 940 17
12 Creighton Bluejays 18-3 790 20
13 Saint Louis Billikens 20-2 728 19
14 Louisville Cardinals 18-4 723 12
15 Texas Longhorns 17-4 719 25
16 Iowa St. Cyclones 16-4 717 16
17 Iowa Hawkeyes 17-5 669 15
18 Kentucky Wildcats 16-5 653 11
19 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 16-5 420 8
20 Virginia Cavaliers 17-5 364 29
21 Oklahoma Sooners 17-5 361 23
22 Connecticut Huskies 17-4 252 26
23 Gonzaga Bulldogs 20-3 237 27
24 Memphis Tigers 16-5 114 22
25 Pittsburgh Panthers 18-4 110 18
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, Ohio State 45, VCU 44, SMU 15, New Mexico 12, California 9, UCLA 9, Harvard 4, George Washington 3, LSU 3, Tennessee 2, American University 1, Southern Miss 1

Iowa moved down two spots in the AP Poll, dropping to 17th from 15th after their loss to Sparty.  The biggest gainers at Iowa's expense were Duke (up 6 spots thanks to a dominant road win over Pitt and a did-you-see-THAT OT loss at Syracuse), Creighton (up 8 spots after a narrow home win over St. John's; perhaps a delayed reaction to Creighton obliterating Villanova a few weeks ago?  News from Omaha takes a while to reach the coasts.), and Saint Louis (up 6 spots after home wins over Richmond and George Mason last week).

Noticeably absent from the AP Poll?  B1G teams.  Outside of Michigan State, Michigan, and Iowa, the poll is bereft of Big Ten teams; perhaps the never-ending cannibalism that's going on in conference play among the Big Ten's middle class this year has finally caused pollsters to throw up their hands in despair when it comes to assessing the nation's toughest conference.

USA TODAY COACHES POLL: FEBRUARY, 2014

Rank Team Record Pts Previous
1 Syracuse Orange (32) 21-0 800 2
2 Wichita St. Shockers 23-0 745 3
3 Arizona Wildcats 21-1 725 1
4 Florida Gators 19-2 720 4
5 San Diego St. Aztecs 19-1 680 5
6 Villanova Wildcats 19-2 596 9
7 Cincinnati Bearcats 21-2 570 15
8 Michigan St. Spartans 19-3 546 6
9 Kansas Jayhawks 16-5 498 7
10 Louisville Cardinals 18-4 474 7
11 Duke Blue Devils 17-5 409 16
12 Creighton Bluejays 18-3 404 20
13 Iowa Hawkeyes 17-5 377 12
14 Kentucky Wildcats 16-5 372 11
15 Saint Louis Billikens 20-2 362 21
16 Michigan Wolverines 16-5 328 14
17 Iowa St. Cyclones 16-4 290 18
18 Texas Longhorns 17-4 287 NR
19 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 16-5 227 10
20 Gonzaga Bulldogs 20-3 214 24
21 Virginia Cavaliers 17-5 197 NR
22 Pittsburgh Panthers 18-4 99 17
23 Oklahoma Sooners 17-5 94 25
24 Wisconsin Badgers 17-5 72 13
25 Ohio State Buckeyes 17-5 67 23
Others receiving votes: Memphis 58, UConn 47, VCU 26, Southern Miss 25, UMass 24, UCLA 20, New Mexico 16, SMU 10, Baylor 7, California 5, Harvard 4, George Washington 2, St. Joseph's 1, Toledo 1, Stephen F. Austin 1


Iowa fell just one spot in the Coaches Poll, dropping from 12th to 13th.  Duke and Creighton again hopped ahead of them in that poll, as did Cincinnati (up 8 spots after a road win over Louisville and a home win over South Florida).  The Coaches aren't willing to quit the Big Ten's middle class just yet, though, as Wisconsin and Ohio State are clinging to the last two spots in the top 25 this week.

Again, maybe the coaches just like KenPom:

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Iowa dipped slightly there as well -- from 4th to 6th -- but they still have a very lofty ranking.  Meanwhile, five B1G teams (Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin) continue to sit in the top 20 of his ratings, just ahead of the ACC, who has four teams in the top 20 (although they have the edge at the top, with all four teams ranking in the top 12 of the most recent ratings).

And in the rankings that truly matter in terms of NCAA Tournament placement, Iowa dipped slightly in the RPI rankings:

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Iowa dropped just slightly -- from 21st to 22nd.  This week brings a pair of games against RPI Top 20 opponents (Ohio State and Michigan) so wins in those games should pull Iowa up these rankings.

Also, in terms of Iowa's records versus certain groups within the RPI rankings...

vs RPI 1-25: 1-5 (W over Ohio State; L to Wisconsin, Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State)
vs RPI 26-50: 2-0 (W over Xavier, Minnesota)
vs RPI 51-100: 5-0 (W over Northwestern x2, Nebraska, Illinois, UTEP)
vs RPI 101-200: 3-0 (W over Notre Dame, Nebraska-Omaha, Drake)
vs RPI 201-300: 4-0 (W over Fairleigh Dickinson, UNC-Wilmington, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Penn)
vs RPI 301-349:  1-0 (W over Maryland Eastern Shore)
vs RPI other: 1-0 (W over Abilene Christian)

Iowa's wins over Xavier and Notre Dame lost RPI luster this week, but those two wins over Northwestern look better and better and UTEP is moving up the RPI rankings as well, which is nice for Iowa.  Again, it sure would be nice to add a few more wins over RPI Top 25 teams this week so we could improve that 1-5 mark.

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