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2012: 11-8 (3-3) with victories over #11 Wisconsin on the road and #13 Michigan at home
2013: 13-6 (2-4) ...no victories over ranked teams
In 2012 we finished 5-7 ...(1-5 on the road)...but we did defeat #20 Indiana and #15 Wisconsin, both at home.
We currently have 3 ranked teams left on our schedule, Minny twice and Indiana on the road....although, Minny may not be ranked by the time we play them. However, I think Wisconsin has a chance to be ranked by the time we play them again.
I think we'll definitely finish better than .500 to finish conference play, probably no worse than 7-5, but we will need to win at least one game in the BTT to get strong consideration for an invite to the Dance...two wins in the BTT should be enough.
We desperately need a win vs a ranked team (or two), and we also need schools like ISU, Wisconsin and UNI to finish strong.
Today could be a good day for our RPI ....
Minn @ Wis
KSt @ ISU
UNI @ INSt
...wins by all three (Wis, ISU and UNI) would be very helpful.
Throw in another win by #20 Wichita State (vs Bradley at home today) and Iowa could see a double digit increase in it's RPI without even playing a game.
Sounds like we bought low and betting high! Bet the world on the coming out roll!
Wis down 2 with 1:30 to go
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Herkuleez 18 months ago
Finish .500 in conf and Iowa is in.
not if we don't beat a ranked team....or....not without winning at least two in the BTT
The only teams to be ranked that Iowa has left is Indiana and Minnesota. I think Iowa can beat Minnesota but not at IU.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
With some drama at the end, Wis wins!
Wis could be ranked by the next time we play.
They got IL and OSU coming up this week.
People are over analyzing this. Iowa will get the benefit and reap the reward of playing in the top conf in the country. Heck, Lunardi had Iowa as his first 4 out this week and that is with a losing record in conf. ESPN on the gameday show had Iowa as the last 4 in this morning and that's with a 2 and 4 conf record. Finish 9 and 9 Iowa will get it easily regardless who they beat.
Beating Illinois at this point won't help Wisconsin much. I also think OSU is better than them.
Regardless, they win both those games they could very easily be ranked when we play them
Highly doubtful....you have to have quality wins when you're on the bubble, and right now Iowa doesn't have many...(ISU and Wis being the only ones)...you can't bet on being a member in the toughest conference.
If Iowa finishes 9-9, without knocking off Indiana or Minnesota ..(and MN is looking less impressive with each outing, so it may not mean as much as it would have a couple of weeks ago).. then we will need a deep run in the BTT to cover our bets.
I agree with this. I missed this thread, but the timing of your gif made me laugh.
Thanks for agreeing....and for appreciating the gif
I think the weak nonconference schedule could end up hurting Iowa if the Hawkeyes only go 9-9 in conference play. I think 10-8 would be a lock, regardless of what happens in the conference tourney. But if Iowa goes 9-9, there could possibly be eight or even nine other B1G teams with at least 9 wins as well. I could still see Iowa getting in with two wins in the conference tournament, but I don't think it'd be anywhere near a lock.
next 4 games 2-2 next 4 3-1 next 4 2-2 7-5 and 2-4 = 9-9 as of tonight
Again, I don't think the non conference really has any play here. Iowa doesn't have what I would call an absolute terrible loss, ie, Texas Tech type, in the non conf. Look right now for example. At this moment Joe Lunardi has Iowa as one of the last four out and that's with a 2 and 4 conference record currently. I'll guarantee if they beat Purdue today that Lunardi probably has them back in as one of the last 4 in. My logic is if they are sitting at 2 and 4 in conference, with that non conference schedule and are currently in the last 4 out scenario, then imo if they reach 9 and 9 in conference, they will be in.
I definitely see what you're saying here, but I think it's pretty dangerous to be on the bubble with anything less than 10 conference wins. The reason I say that is that there are typically multiple heavy favorites in mid-major conferences that don't win their conference tourney. Some of them won't make it in as an at-large, but some of them will. And when that happens, the teams already on the bubble are the first ones to be eliminated. I think Iowa could get in at 9-9 with a quality conference tournament, but it really would be an on-the-bubble situation.
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