POLL PATROL: Iowa #24 In New Coaches Poll

By RossWB on January 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm
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Last week was a roller coaster ride for Iowa basketball. It began with an extreme plunge -- a gutting loss to Nebraska in Lincoln last Tuesday -- before rebounding with a giddy high -- the blowout win over #12 Maryland on Friday. Does the good outweigh the bad? If you're the Coaches Polls, that's a big "yes." The Week 11 polls came out today and Iowa finds themselves back in the Coaches Poll, sitting at #24 after toppling the Terps three days ago. 

New Coaches Poll: 

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Gonzaga (16) 18-1 775
2 Baylor (10) 13-1 764
3 Duke (6) 15-1 757
4 Auburn 15-0 685
5 Butler 15-1 660
6 San Diego State 17-0 622
7 Kansas 12-3 586
8 Oregon 14-3 543
9 Florida State 14-2 508
10 Louisville 13-3 469
11 Dayton 14-2 452
12 Kentucky 12-3 449
13 West Virginia 13-2 432
14 Michigan State 13-4 391
15 Villanova 12-3 356
16 Wichita State 15-1 309
17 Maryland 13-3 301
18 Seton Hall 12-4 279
19 Ohio State 11-5 137
20 Michigan 11-5 131
21 Colorado 13-3 120
22 Memphis 13-3 73
23 Texas Tech 10-5 72
24 Iowa 11-5 60
25 Stanford 14-2 59

Gonzaga held on to the top spot in the rankings, though barely -- Baylor made a big push for the top spot after Top 25 road wins over Texas Tech and Kansas last week. The week's biggest gainers were Wichita State (up seven spots from #23 to #16) and Seton Hall (up seven spots from #25 to #18), though Dayton (up four spots from #15 to #11) and West Virginia (up from #17 to #13) also made big gains this week. And look at the mid majors crowding into the Top 10: in addition to the Zags at #1, Butler is all the way up to #5 and undefeated San Diego State (a former Hawkeye conqueror this season) is sitting at #6. College basketball is just a little weird this year. 

Meanwhile, the topsy-turvy Big Ten has been shut out entirely from the Top 10; the league's highest-ranked team is Michigan State at #14 (Sparty dropped six spots after getting hamblasted by Purdue on Sunday). Despite getting caved in at CHA, Maryland is the Big Ten's second-highest ranked team at #17, followed by freefalling Ohio State (losers of four straight) at #19 and Michigan at #20. 

Iowa is not ranked in the new AP Top 25 (where a different Big Ten team has scooped up the #24 spot -- Illinois), but they're close: they're tops in others receiving votes, so they have the unofficial #26 ranking there. 

Retaining a spot in the Top 25 won't be easy for Iowa, since they have to make a dreaded road trip tomorrow (albeit to Northwestern) and the host #19/20 Michigan on Friday night. But we'll worry about next week's rankings later; for now, we're happy to see Iowa back in the Top 25 in the wake of their dazzling win over Maryland. 

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