Another undefeated week for Iowa hoops, another week ranked in the latest polls. Iowa picked up easy wins over Western Carolina (78-60) and Savannah State (110-64) to improve to 10-2. That activity has them ranked #24 in the latest AP Poll and #21 in the latest Coaches Poll. That's the same spot they were last week in the Coaches Poll and one spot down from their spot in last week's AP Poll.
So why did Iowa move down in the AP Poll after recording two blowout wins? Well, for one thing you aren't going to get any extra credit for smashing bad teams. But the main reason they dipped slightly in that poll is because NC State jumped into that poll at #20 after previously being unranked, which moved everyone else in the 20s down a slot. NC State earned a lot of (deserved) credit for beating Auburn, ranked #7 at the time.
As we've noted before: polls gonna poll. More important games -- and opportunities -- await Iowa hoops in the new year, but it is still nice to be 10-2 and ranked as we run the clock down on 2018. At this time a season ago Iowa was 8-6 and miles away from being ranked. This time has made definite progress from a year ago and it's fun to see them playing better basketball and getting better results.
Meanwhile, the Big Ten remains notably deep and well-represented in the rankings: there are seven league teams ranked in the AP, led by Michigan (one of just five remaining unbeaten teams) at #2. Michigan State checks in at #8, Ohio State at #13, Wisconsin at #15, Indiana at #23, and Iowa at #24, with Nebraska going from #25 to the top team in the Others Receiving Votes category. Six Big Ten teams are ranked in the Coaches Poll, headed by Michigan at #4 and Michigan State at #7. Ohio State is ranked #11, followed by Wisconsin at #16, Iowa at #21, Nebraska at #23, and Indiana at #25.