The Iowa Hawkeyes received a resounding amount of respect this week from multiple outlets and pollsters. They are No. 2 in the AP Top 25, and the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll has the Hawkeyes at their highest ranking of the season.
In power rankings, ESPN rewarded Iowa, moving them up to No. 2. The latest outlet to jump on the trend is CBS Sports. It has moved Iowa up one spot to No. 2 in CBS Sports’ women’s college basketball power rankings.
Iowa showed what type of team it was this past week. It handled an inferior Northwestern team, 110-74, as should be expected of a highly talented team. Iowa followed with a 93-85 win over Maryland in a game that drew historic ratings.
The one common trend in all of these polls and rankings is who the Hawkeyes are chasing. That would be the unanimous No. 1 and undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks. For Iowa to climb to the No. 1 spot, not only does it have to take care of its own business, but also needs the Gamecocks to fall.
That could happen. The Gamecocks have a rare late-season out-of-conference matchup this weekend. They welcome in the No. 11 UConn Huskies on Sunday in a game televised on ESPN that is a must-see for any women’s basketball fan.
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