The Iowa Hawkeyes are a top-10 team.
It's the first time Iowa fans can say that since the 2001-02 season, when the Hawkeyes were ranked as high as No. 7 in the AP poll. When the latest batch of rankings was released Monday, the Hawkeyes were the No. 10 team in the country, one of five Big Ten teams in the top 25.
Iowa has posted back-to-back impressive wins over Ohio State and Minnesota to gain some much-deserved national attention. And, as the Buckeyes and Badgers continue to suffer upset losses of their own, the Hawkeyes' continued winning is placing them squarely into the Big Ten title discussion.
Few teams have as solid resumes as the Hawkeyes. The only blemishes on their 15-3 record have come against Villanova (the country's current No. 4 team), Wisconsin (No. 9) and Iowa State (No. 16), and they've all come away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena. And the tests keep coming, too. Four of the next six games come against ranked opponents.
The only hope is that the season finishes much differently than it did the last time Iowa was a top-10 team. That Iowa team went 19-16 and missed the NCAA tournament.
In other Big Ten poll news, Michigan is back in the top 25 after a huge upset win of Wisconsin on Saturday at the Kohl Center. The Wolverines rank 21st and are one of two teams remaining with a perfect record in Big Ten play. The other, Michigan State, moved up a spot in the rankings Monday, jumping from No. 4 to No. 3.
Rough weeks for Wisconsin and Ohio State saw them fall in the poll. The Badgers dropped from No. 3 to No. 9 after losing games to Indiana and Michigan. Ohio State fell from No. 11 to No. 17 thanks to a loss on the road at Minnesota.