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Hawkeye men climb even higher in latest AP poll

[ 0 ] January 20, 2014 |

The Iowa men’s basketball team is ranked among the 10 best teams nationally for the first time in 12 seasons.

The Hawkeyes were ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press poll released Monday.

“I just want to keep winning,” said Devyn Marble, Iowa’s leading scorer. “It’s great for the program and the fans. But for me, it means nothing.”

Iowa's Aaron White (30) celebrates with the Iowa bench after making a basket against Minnesota as well as drawing the foul. (Justin Torner/Iowa City Press-Citizen)

Iowa’s Aaron White (30) celebrates with the Iowa bench after making a basket against Minnesota as well as drawing the foul. (Justin Torner/Iowa City Press-Citizen)

The Hawkeyes, 15-3 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten following Sunday’s 94-73 win against Minnesota, jumped up four spots from 14th in this week’s media poll.

Iowa hadn’t been in the Top 10 since it was ninth in the Jan. 1, 2002, poll.

“Rankings do mean something when you go on the road,” forward Aaron White said. “People have your full attention now because of how highly you’re ranked. Our fans are into it because we haven’t been there in awhile. It’s a sense of accomplishment. At the same time I want to be ranked at the end of the year, not in January.”

Iowa’s top-10 ranking will be tested on the road this week.

The Hawkeyes play at Michigan (13-4 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) on Wednesday and at Northwestern (9-10, 2-4) on Saturday. Michigan entered this week’s poll at No. 21 after upsetting Wisconsin last week on the road.

“It speaks to the fact that we’re a good team,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said of his first Top-10 team in 18 seasons as a Division I head coach. “It gets more people talking about my players, our players, and I’m happy for them that people are saying that about them because they’re the ones that did it.

“They’re the ones that worked extremely hard to take our program from where we were an afterthought to being a ranked team. I don’t want to short-change what they’ve done. But in terms of how I look at it, I really could care less.”

Iowa’s three losses this season have come to ranked teams: Villanova (currently No. 4), Wisconsin (No. 9) and Iowa State (No. 16).

After this week’s double road test, the Hawkeyes will return home to face No. 3 Michigan State on Jan. 28.

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

Record — Pts  – Prv

1. Arizona (61) — 18-0 — 1,621 — 1

2. Syracuse (4) — 18-0 — 1,559 — 2

3. Michigan St. — 17-1 — 1,497 — 4

4. Villanova — 16-1 — 1,377 — 6

5. Wichita St. — 19-0 — 1,368 — 5

6. Florida — 15-2 — 1,303 — 7

7. San Diego St. — 16-1 — 1,211 — 10

8. Kansas — 13-4 — 1,117 — 15

9. Wisconsin — 16-2 — 1,074 — 3

10. Iowa — 15-3 — 1,041 — 14

11. Oklahoma St. — 15-3 — 971 — 9

12. Louisville — 16-3 — 804 — 18

13. UMass — 16-1 — 781 — 16

14. Kentucky — 13-4 — 769 — 13

15. Cincinnati — 17-2 — 736 — 19

16. Iowa St. — 14-3 — 644 — 8

17. Ohio St. — 15-3 — 549 — 11

18. Duke — 14-4 — 447 — 23

19. Saint Louis — 17-2 — 421 — 24

20. Pittsburgh — 16-2 — 419 — 22

21. Michigan — 13-4 — 362 –

22. Kansas St. — 14-4 — 221 –

23. Memphis — 13-4 — 201 — 17

24. Baylor — 13-4 — 170 — 12

25. Oklahoma — 14-4 — 111 — 25

Others receiving votes: Creighton 98, UConn 62, Gonzaga 59, California 44, Colorado 26, UCLA 23, Harvard 12, George Washington 8, Missouri 6, Texas 5, Xavier 4, SMU 2, New Mexico 1, Virginia 1.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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