With two nail-biting wins against lower-level Big Ten Conference opponents, Iowa didn’t exactly light the world on fire this past college basketball week.
But Iowa State would gladly trade places with the Hawkeyes after the weekend the Cyclones had. This week’s NCAA polls show it.
On the back of Jordan Bohannon, Iowa survived a road game at Indiana (losers of nine out of 10) and rescued itself from what would have been an ugly defeat against Northwestern (now 3-9 in Big Ten play) to bump up three places to 17th in Monday’s USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll.
The nature of those victories for the Hawkeyes (19-5, 8-5) didn’t impress Associated Press voters, however, as Iowa dropped a spot to No. 21.
Iowa State, meanwhile, inched by Oklahoma (3-8 in the Big 12) before laying an egg at Hilton Coliseum against bubble-residing TCU. Not the best timing, as the Cyclones (18-6, 7-4) had just been announced as one of the top 16 seeds in an early NCAA Tournament bracket preview.
Iowa State was punished by both major rankings systems, dropping six spots in each. The Cyclones are now 22nd in the coaches’ poll and 23rd in the AP Top 25.
The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central use the coaches’ poll as their default set of rankings.
Both in-state Power Five schools have just one game this week. For Iowa, it’ll be all about avoiding a road pothole, as the Hawkeyes travel to Rutgers (11-12, 4-9) on Saturday. The Cyclones have a chance to make immediate amends for their big hiccup with a Saturday trip to Big 12 Conference leader Kansas State (18-5, 8-2), which is now 18th in each poll.
Source: Des Moines Register