It was a rather prosperous Monday for Iowa’s key winter sports teams as they found themselves in the rankings at the same time since the winter of 2004-2005.
The Iowa women saw their first ranking of the year, checking at #25 in the AP Poll. Cracking the women’s rankings has never been easy for teams that haven’t been good for long periods of time. Pardon this expression, but it’s an old boys network, where what you have done in the past seems to play a big part in whether or not you get invited to this year’s party. Lisa Bluder’s team has one loss on the season and has played some great ball.
The Iowa men’s team stayed at #23 in the AP Poll after going 2-1 in the Bahamas. The team Iowa lost to (the one it led by 15 points in the second half) went from unranked to #14. That team is Villanova, who also beat Kansas the night before it beat Iowa. That said, KU fell from #2 to #6. They may become that good by the end of the year now, but they aren’t the sixth best team in the nation at this juncture, are they? Not if Villanova is 14th, they’re not. Iowa is also ranked 24th in the coaches poll.
Iowa’s plays Notre Dame tonight and they received two votes in the coaches poll after beginning the year ranked 21st in the AP poll and ending last season ranked 23rd. That was before losing at home to former Iowa assistant Greg Lansing’s Indiana State Sycamores 83-70.
The Iowa wrestlers were #1 in last week’s WIN Tournament Power Index ratings and ranked 4th in dual rankings.