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Iowa Basketball: Hawkeyes Steady in AP, Move Up in NET

The Hawkeyes didn’t get a benefit in the AP from a win over Minnesota, but their advanced metrics took a boost.

NCAA Basketball: Minnesota at Iowa
Other coaches better hope Fran doesn’t care about their lousy poll.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes had another strong week last week as they got their second straight road win when they dominated Maryland on Thursday night and followed that up with a convincing 86-71 win over #16 Minnesota in Carver on Sunday afternoon. However, the AP’s top-10 was full of teams who had varying degrees of success last week as well and none of them came away with a loss.

The result is limited movement atop the AP’s poll this week. That includes Iowa, which stayed stagnate at #5 overall.

Here’s a look at the full poll:

  1. Gonzaga (63 first place votes)
  2. Baylor (1 first place votes)
  3. Villanova
  4. Texas
  5. Iowa
  6. Kansas
  7. Michigan
  8. Creighton
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Tennessee
  11. Houston
  12. Clemson
  13. West Virginia
  14. Illinois
  15. Texas Tech
  16. Louisville
  17. Missouri
  18. Virginia
  19. Duke
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. Ohio State
  22. Oregon
  23. Minnesota
  24. Saint Louis
  25. Connecticut

The one obvious exception to the limited movement at the top comes from Michigan. The Wolverines got a big bump up from #10 to #7 after taking down Northwestern and Minnesota. Michigan remains unbeaten on the season but will get their first real test of the season this week when they take on both Wisconsin and Minnesota (on the road again).

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Wisconsin fell one spot despite not losing on the week, Illinois fell two spots after falling to Maryland on Sunday while Minnesota a fell 7 spots after losing two road games to top-10 teams (@Michigan and @Iowa). Rutgers, for their loss at Michigan State and at home to Ohio State, fell out of the top-25 entirely (as did the Spartans). On the flip side, Ohio State jumped in for the first time all year, making their debut at #21. That makes six Big Ten teams in the top-25. That’s still the most of any conference in America, but a dip from the season-high 9 a few weeks ago.

While Iowa didn’t see any movement in the AP, they managed to FALL a spot the Coaches Poll. As with the AP and Wisconsin, that was based solely on Michigan getting a massive bump from their first two wins over ranked teams this season. They jump 4 spots to #5 in the country while Iowa remains woefully underrated at #8.

More importantly, however, Iowa saw nice bumps in the various advanced metrics this week. Iowa jumped up to #3 in both KenPom and Sagarin. The Hawkeyes also climbed two spots in the NCAA’s NET rankings this week to #5 nationally. There too Michigan sits ahead of Iowa at #4 despite playing just one quad 1 game all season (their win at Maryland). The Wolverines, however, have played fewer games against quad 4 opponents, which has their RPI all the way up at #2, as compared to #23 for Iowa.

Iowa will be back in action on Thursday evening as they play host to Michigan State. That’s an 8pm CT tip on FS1.