The votes are in. You have spoken. And your confidence in No. 19 Iowa basketball is at a season-high level after the 85-80 win over No. 24 Rutgers.
Iowa went through a dogfight to get the win, its third victory over a top-25 opponent in four games. Given the fact that Michigan State just lost its second game in three tries, Iowa might just be the Big Ten’s hottest team at the moment.
Here’s the graphic to represent your confidence level:
95 percent of gave a vote of confidence toward the Hawkeye basketball program. I commend you. I would have, as well.
There’s still plenty of season left, and give just how competitive the Big Ten is, anything can happen. But Iowa keeps rattling off wins over quality opponents. Good teams find a way to win.
The next four games will be telling for the Hawkeyes. Iowa hosts Wisconsin, travels to No. 17 Maryland, hosts No. 21 Illinois, and then goes on the road to face Purdue. Even just two wins over the next four games would be big, realistically.
But given just how cohesive Iowa’s played these past few games, there’s a legitimate shot that in a week from now the Hawkeyes could be sitting atop the Big Ten standings. But I’m trying not to get ahead of myself here.
Give a ton of credit to head coach Fran McCaffery. Yes, Luka Garza is virtually unstoppable at times, but he hasn’t been flawless. McCaffery has needed to call upon other players, and they’ve answered.
Also of note, SB Nation also asked you which conference was the best on college basketball. Y’all got it right.
The Big Ten earned 44 percent of the votes. The ACC came in second with 20.9 percent, the Big 12 with 14.4%, and the Big East rounded out the top four with nine percent. The rest were under four percent.
Top to bottom, the Big Ten is the most competitive conference. There isn’t another conference with as much talent that so close in the standings. The Big Ten is a gauntlet.