POLL PATROL: Iowa At #23/25 In The New AP/Coaches Polls

By RossWB on December 30, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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After a fairly sleepy week of action in the college basketball world (hey, it was Christmas), there wasn't too much movement in the new weekly polls. Iowa did manage to consolidate their position in the rankings, though, sliding up a few spots from #25 to #23 in the AP Poll and cracking the Coaches Poll for the first time all season, at #25.  

New AP Poll: 

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Gonzaga (63) 13-1 1621
2 Duke (1) 11-1 1516
3 Kansas (1) 10-2 1497
4 Oregon 11-2 1361
5 Ohio State 11-2 1277
6 Baylor 9-1 1267
7 Louisville 11-2 1196
8 Auburn 12-0 1159
9 Memphis 11-1 1055
10 Villanova 9-2 970
11 Butler 12-1 883
12 Michigan 10-3 880
13 San Diego State 13-0 780
14 Michigan State 10-3 747
15 Maryland 11-2 720
16 West Virginia 11-1 719
17 Kentucky 9-3 674
18 Florida State 11-2 531
19 Virginia 10-2 506
20 Dayton 10-2 483
21 Penn State 11-2 312
22 Texas Tech 9-3 175
23 Iowa 10-3 137
24 Wichita State 11-1 135
25 Arizona 10-3 113

The big riser in the AP Poll this week was West Virginia, who jumped six spots to #16 after their impressive neutral court win over Ohio State on Sunday. Losses by Ohio State (who fell three spots to #5) and Louisville (who fell four spots to #7) led to a reshuffling of the Top 5, with Duke, Kansas, and Oregon moving up to fill in the 2-4 spots. 

New Coaches Poll: 

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Gonzaga (30) 13-1 798
2 Duke (1) 11-1 753
3 Kansas (1) 10-2 730
4 Baylor 9-1 639
5 Ohio State 11-2 621
6 Oregon 11-2 619
7 Auburn 11-0 578
8 Louisville 11-2 570
9 Villanova 9-2 507
10 Butler 12-1 489
11 Memphis 11-1 461
12 San Diego State 13-0 382
13 Michigan 10-3 357
14 Kentucky 9-3 348
15 Maryland 11-2 341
16 Michigan State 10-3 316
17 West Virginia 11-1 341
18 Dayton 10-2 291
19 Virginia 10-2 280
20 Florida State 11-2 244
21 Penn State 11-2 125
22 Texas Tech 9-3 112
23 Wichita State 11-1 82
24 Arizona 10-3 74
25 Iowa 10-3 62

Welcome to the Coaches Poll for the first time all season, Iowa. 

The Coaches Poll has a slightly different Top 5, with Baylor and Oregon flipping spots at #4 and #6. Ohio State (down three spots to #5) and Louisville (down four spots to #8) took a tumble, but the big dropper in the Coaches Poll was Virginia, who fell six spots to #19. (Apparently Coaches Poll voters just noticed they lost to South Carolina last Sunday?) The big risers were Kentucky (up five to #14) and West Virginia (up six to #17).

It's nice to see Iowa ranked in the Top 25 and it's a deserving placement after the strong work Iowa hoops has done over the last month. Like we said last week, a spot in the Top 25 was not really on our radar earlier in the year. But this team has really done an impressive job of growing and improving over the course of the season. To stay ranked next week, though, Iowa's going to have to come up with another big performance -- their next game is against #21 Penn State on a neutral court (The Palestra in Philadelphia) on Saturday (1 PM CT, BTN). Let's see what you can do, Hawkeyes.

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