With two victories against the opponents of the lower-level Big Ten Conference, Iowa did not exactly light the world on fire last week of college basketball.
But the state of Iowa would gladly switch places with the Hawkeyes after the cyclones weekend. This week's NCAA polls show it.
In the back of Jordan Bohannon, Iowa survived a road game in Indiana (losers of nine out of 10) and was rescued from what would have been an ugly loss to Northwestern (now 3-9 in Big Ten play) to climb three places until the 17th in the US coaches survey TODAY on Monday.
However, the nature of those victories for the Hawkeyes (19-5, 8-5) did not impress the voters of the Associated Press, as Iowa dropped a spot to number 21.
Meanwhile, Iowa State advanced through Oklahoma (3-8 in the Big 12) before laying an egg in the Hilton Coliseum against the TCU residing in the bubbles. It is not the best time, since the Cyclones (18-6, 7-4) have just announced themselves as one of the 16 best seeds in a preview of the first NCAA tournaments.
The state of Iowa was punished by the two main classification systems, dropping six places in each. The cyclones are now 22 in the poll of coaches and 23 in the Top 25 of AP.
The Des Moines and Central Hawk record use the coaches' survey as their predetermined set of rankings.
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The two state schools Power Five only have one game this week. For Iowa, it will try to avoid a bump in the road, as the Hawkeyes travel to Rutgers (11-12, 4-9) on Saturday. The cyclones have the opportunity to immediately repair their big problem with a trip on Saturday to Kansas State, leader of the Big 12 Conference (18-5, 8-2), which is now 18 in each survey.