Feb 15, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Mike Gesell (10) shoots the ball in the first half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Hawkeyes Slowly Climbing In AP Poll

The Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t have much of a chance to move up in the latest AP Poll because of the fact that they only played one game and that was against a shaky Penn State team.

Setting all that aside, Iowa moved from #16 in the nation to #15 in the nation after the one win week.

Iowa has done a good job of avoiding losing the game they shouldn’t lose.  Yes, they’ve lost some games, but none of them really stick out at you on the schedule.  That’s the main reason for their being ranked in the teens consistently throughout the year.

Unlike last week, Iowa will have two games this week against teams that have the potential to knock them off.  They’ll start it off on Tuesday night against Indiana, a team that has beat two top 10 teams at home this year, so getting out of Bloomington with a win would be a good win for the Hawkeyes.

Their second game will come at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday morning.  This game will feature the #15 Hawkeyes and the #16 Wisconsin Badgers.  Iowa will be looking for some sort of revenge after blowing the earlier meeting up in Madison.

These two games will be big for Iowa if they still want a chance to win the Big Ten title.  They still have a game against Michigan State in East Lansing later this year, so that will be a big one as well.

Iowa also sits at #15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The other Big Ten teams that are ranked include; #13 Michigan State, #16 Wisconsin, #20 Michigan, and #24 Ohio State.  Even the Nebraska Cornhuskers got a vote in the coaches poll after knocking off Michigan State yesterday.

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