After reaching the heady heights of #14 last week, Iowa hoops tumbled down the rankings mountain a bit this week -- they dropped to #18 in the new AP Poll and #19 in the new Coaches Poll. They didn't fall too far because, hey, losing by six to Wisconsin (now ranked #12/#16) is no great cause for shame. (Frustration, anger, annoyance, irritation? Yes. Shame? No.)
The week ahead doesn't look any easier for Iowa, though. They face Michigan State, ranked #10 in both polls this week (they dropped a few spots after their OT loss to Louisville in the ACC-B1G Challenge last week) tonight and then face Iowa State on Thursday night. The Cyclones aren't ranked, but they're knocking at the door of the rankings -- they're fourth in the Others Receiving Votes category in the AP Poll (so 29th, basically) and second in that category in the Coaches Poll (so 27th, essentially). They'll be ranked next week if they win both of their games this week (North Dakota State tonight, Iowa on Thursday). Iowa needs at least a split between MSU and ISU to have a chance at being ranked next week. Iowa's early season sojourn in the rankings has been fun (and unexpected), but it could be over soon without some big results this week.
The Big Ten continues to dominate the Top 25 rankings. The league has seven teams in the AP Poll -- Michigan leading the way at #5, followed by Michigan State (#10), Wisconsin (#12), Iowa (#18), Ohio State (#19), Maryland (#23), and Nebraska (#24). The Coaches Poll likes the Big Ten even a little bit more -- the league has eight teams in that poll, led by Michigan at #5, and followed by Michigan State (#10), Wisconsin (#16), Ohio State (#17), Iowa (#19), Maryland (#23), Purdue (#24), and Nebraska (#25). Other leagues are more top-heavy -- the SEC has three teams in the Top 10 with Tennessee, Auburn, and Kentucky and the ACC has two teams in the Top Four with Duke and Virginia -- but no one can quite match the Big Ten's depth at this point.