COLUMBUS, Ohio — A signature road victory for the Iowa men’s basketball team has launched them up the national polls.
The Hawkeyes moved up six spots to 14th in the Associated Press media poll released Monday, a day after they knocked off then-No. 3 Ohio State, 84-74, at Value City Arena.
That marks Iowa’s highest rating since being rated 12th in the Dec. 6, 2005 poll. The Hawkeyes were 15th in the season-ending 2005-06 poll.
The Hawkeyes, who are 14-3 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten Conference, don’t play again until hosting Minnesota (13-4, 2-2) on Sunday.
Collecting a big road win puts Iowa squarely in the running for its first Big Ten title since the 1978-79 season. Iowa is fourth in the league standings right now, with three conference unbeatens — Michigan State (15-1, 4-0), Wisconsin (16-0, 3-0) and Michigan (11-4, 3-0) — above them. After the home date vs. Minnesota, the Hawkeyes get another crack at a big road victory Jan. 22 at Michigan.
“The Big Ten winner might have five or six losses,” Iowa senior Devyn Marble said following Sunday’s win in Columbus. “It’s hard to get many wins on the road. That’s why this is so big for us. We ‘re going to enjoy it. And then get back to it.”
The three teams Iowa has lost to remained highly ranked. Wisconsin replaced Ohio State at No. 3; Villanova is No. 6; and Iowa State moved up a spot to No. 8 following a win vs. Baylor and Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma.
Ohio State dropped eight spots, to 11th, after losses at Michigan State (in overtime) and to Iowa.
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