clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Iowa Basketball: Hawkeyes Re-Enter Coaches Poll

New, 6 comments

Iowa suffered a brutal road loss and came up with a huge home win to re-enter the national polls this week.

NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Iowa
The Hawkeyes have fought through a lot to get back into the national rankings.
Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

It was a roller-coaster ride of a week for the Iowa Hawkeyes last week. After falling from the rankings thanks to a close loss to Penn State in Philly, the Hawkeyes were further hit by the injury bug as we learned that CJ Fredrick would miss time with a stress reaction injury. Tuesday night, Iowa had one of its worst shooting performances of the Fran McCaffery era in another close road loss.

Just as sentiment was turning sour, the Hawkeyes bounced back on Friday night with a blowout win over #12 Maryland in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That win wasn’t enough to overcome the loss earlier in the week in the minds of the national media as the Hawkeyes remain unchanged in the AP poll. They received 88 votes, putting them just outside the top-25. Here’s a look at the full poll.

1. Gonzaga

2. Baylor

3. Duke

4. Auburn

5. Butler

6. Kansas

7. San Diego State

8. Oregon

9. Florida State

10. Kentucky

11. Louisville

12. West Virginia

13. Dayton

14. Villanova

15. Michigan State

16. Wichita State

17. Maryland

18. Seton Hall

19. Michigan

20. Colorado

21. Ohio State

22. Memphis

23. Texas Tech

24. Illinois

25. Creighton

In the Coaches Poll, however, the Hawkeyes earned a bit more respect for their hard-fought win with a short bench. After being two spots outside the top-25 a week ago in the minds of the coaches, Iowa re-entered the poll this week at #24.

Here’s a look at the full Coaches Poll.

1. Gonzaga

2. Baylor

3. Duke

4. Auburn

5. Butler

6. San Diego State

7. Kansas

8. Oregon

9. Florida State

10. Louisville

11. Dayton

12. Kentucky

13. West Virginia

14. Michigan State

15. Villanova

16. Wichita State

17. Maryland

18. Seton Hall

19. Ohio State

20. Michigan

21. Colorado

22. Memphis

23. Texas Tech

24. Iowa

25. Stanford

It’s been an interesting year thus far for the Big Ten. After rising to as high as #3 in the nation, Ohio State now finds themselves at #21 in the AP and #19 in the Coaches Poll. They’re also tied with Northwestern for dead last in the Big Ten. On the whole, the conference has five teams ranked in the Coaches and AP but none higher than 14th (MSU in the Coaches).

Despite the apparent parity, the conference is among the nation’s best. No team has jumped out to national prominence as in the ACC, Big 12 or SEC, but the Big Ten has 12 teams in the top 41 in the NCAA’s NET rankings. That mean Iowa will play only two more games this year against opponents who are not considered quadrant 1. Put another way, the Hawkeyes only have two more opportunities for a bad loss this season and will have 13 more opportunities for good wins.

The question down the road will be whether Iowa can capitalize on those opportunities.