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Iowa Basketball: Hawkeyes Climb in Coaches, AP Polls

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After a pair of Big Ten wins, the Hawkeyes are on the rise in the national polls.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Iowa
Joe Wieskamp and the Hawkeyes are playing well through the heart of the Big Ten schedule.
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The Hawkeyes has a great week last week, starting with a road win at Northwestern and culminating with another big home win over Michigan. It came at an optimal time with Iowa set to host back-to-back home games in their next two contests and the difficulties we’ve seen this year in the Big Ten.

The two wins were enough to vault the Hawkeyes up both the AP and Coaches poll. The move comes as top-25 teams lost a combined 15 games last week. That’s emblematic of the parity we’ve seen around college basketball this year.

Now the Hawkeyes will have their chance to buck the trend and rack up some wins while in the AP top-25. They re-enter this week at #19 after being tops in “others receiving votes” each of the last two weeks.

  1. Baylor

2. Gonzaga

3. Kansas

4. San Diego State

5. Florida State

6. Louisville

7. Dayton

8. Duke

9. Villanova

10. Seton Hall

11. Michigan State

12. Oregon

13. Butler

14. West Virginia

15. Kentucky

16. Auburn

17. Maryland

18. Texas Tech

19. Iowa

20. Memphis

21. Illinois

22. Arizona

23. Colorado

24. Rutgers

25. Houston

In the Coaches Poll, Iowa was in a week ago. Like in the AP, they made a nice climb this week on the back of those two wins and a slew of losses from teams ranked ahead of them. The Hawkeyes climbed five spots this week to #19, the same spot they now hold in the AP.

Here’s a look at the full Coaches Poll.

  1. Gonzaga

2. Baylor

3. Kansas

4. San Diego State

5. Louisville

6. Florida State

7. Dayton

8. Duke

9. Michigan State

10. Seton Hall

11. Villanova

12. Butler

13. Oregon

14. Kentucky

15. West Virginia

16. Auburn

17. Maryland

18. Texas Tech

19. Iowa

20. Memphis

21. Arizona

22. Wichita State

23. Illinois

24. Houston

25. Rutgers

Following back-to-back home wins over ranked opponents, Iowa now has a chance for their third straight. They’ll play host to #24 (AP) Rutgers on Wednesday. The Scarlet Knights come in with 14 wins, matching their total from a year ago, and a top-25 ranking for the first time since 1978-79.

Three of Iowa’s next four games will come against ranked opponents. This following two of the last three being ranked. After Rutgers. The Hawkeyes will host i ranked Wisconsin before traveling to Maryland for a rematch with the #17 Terrapins. Then they’ll return to Carver to take on #21 Illinois.