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IOWA BASKETBALL RANKED THIRD IN AP POLL, FOURTH IN USA TODAY COACHES POLL

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Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

After wins over Rutgers and Purdue (and losses by just about every team ranked ahead of them) this week, the Iowa Hawkeyes moved to third in the AP Poll and fourth in the USA Today Coaches Poll.  The Hawkeyes are ranked only behind North Carolina and Oklahoma in both polls.

AP Top 25 Poll

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Oklahoma Sooners (36) 16-2 1592
2 North Carolina Tar Heels (29) 19-2 1586
3 Iowa Hawkeyes 16-3 1473
4 Kansas Jayhawks 16-3 1369
5 Texas A&M Aggies 17-2 1332
6 Villanova Wildcats 17-3 1261
7 Xavier Musketeers 17-2 1186
8 Maryland Terrapins 17-3 1111
9 West Virginia Mountaineers 16-3 1105
10 Providence Friars 17-3 1005
11 Virginia Cavaliers 15-4 903
12 Michigan State Spartans 17-4 869
13 SMU Mustangs 18-1 838
14 Iowa State Cyclones 15-4 792
15 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 15-3 753
16 Louisville Cardinals 16-3 719
17 Baylor Bears 15-4 594
18 Arizona Wildcats 16-4 502
19 Indiana Hoosiers 17-3 466
20 Kentucky Wildcats 15-5 403
21 Purdue Boilermakers 17-4 328
22 Wichita State Shockers 14-5 151
23 Oregon Ducks 16-4 149
24 Duke Blue Devils 15-5 145
25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 14-5 136
Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 77, South Carolina 74, St. Mary's 42, Pittsburgh 38, USC 27, Butler 26, Clemson 18, VCU 17, Valparaiso 9, Hawaii 9, Utah 5, Connecticut 5, UAB 4, Chattanooga 2, Navy 1, Colorado 1, Grand Canyon 1, Michigan 1


USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS
1 North Carolina (23) 18-2 791
2 Oklahoma (9) 16-2 766
3 Kansas 16-3 680
4 Iowa 16-3 677
5 Texas A&M 17-2 650
6 Villanova 17-3 591
7 Maryland 17-3 581
8 Xavier 17-2 580
9 West Virginia 16-3 503
10 Providence 17-3 452
11 Michigan St 17-4 445
12 Virginia 15-4 430
13 Miami-Florida 15-3 412
14 Louisville 16-3 384
15 Arizona 16-4 341
16 Iowa St. 15-4 312
17 Indiana 17-3 290
18 Baylor 15-4 281
19 Kentucky 15-4 242
20 Duke 15-5 183
21 Purdue 17-4 150
22 South Carolina 17-2 137
23 Pittsburgh 16-3 118
24 Oregon 16-4 90
25 Wichita St. 14-5 60
Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 49; Saint Mary's 31; Clemson 30; Notre Dame 20; Gonzaga 17; Butler 15; Southern California 14; Connecticut 11; California 10; Michigan 10; Washington 7; Valparaiso 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; LSU 6; Arkansas-Little Rock 5; Alabama at Birmingham 4; Utah 4; Monmouth 3; Texas 3; St. Joseph?s 2; Oregon State 1.

Iowa finished just three points behind the Jayhawks for third place in the Coaches Poll, and there were shenanigans afoot.

Iowa has not been ranked in the top 5 of any major poll since January 10, 1989, and has not been ranked fourth since earlier in that same season.  The last time Iowa was ranked third in any poll, it was the halcyon days of B.J. Armstrong and Roy Marble:

Monday's bracket projections have only reaffirmed Iowa's current place among the nation's elite teams.  NBC SportsUSA Today, and Jerry Palm at CBS have Iowa as a No. 1 seed if the NCAA Tournament was picked today.  ESPN's Joe Lunardi places Iowa as a No. 2 seed.  NBC's bracket post led with the Hawkeyes.

A bit quietly, at least on the national scene, the Iowa Hawkeyes are putting together a resume worthy of No. 1 seed consideration. Their last loss was a one-point decision at Iowa State. Since then, the Hawkeyes have beaten both Michigan State and Purdue twice, and also taken down a pretty good Michigan squad.

One thing that could potentially hurt Iowa going forward: Its quality wins are starting to look a bit less quality than before.  Iowa's best wins came against No. 11 Michigan State, which lost a spot in the poll by losing to Nebraska this week.  Purdue, which Iowa has beaten twice, comes in at No. 21.  Wichita State has risen back to No. 25, but Iowa played a Shockers squad depleted by injury.  The Hawkeyes could improve that with a win over No. 7 Maryland this week, however.  Iowa's three losses -- Iowa State, Dayton and Notre Dame -- all receive votes in both polls and rank between Nos. 16 and 29, with the Fighting Irish sneaking into the AP Poll at No. 25.