The College of Iowa males’s basketball program has its highest preseason rating in 65 years.
The Hawkeyes had been fifth within the ballot launched by the Related Press on Monday and had been joined within the prime 10 by Massive Ten rivals Wisconsin and Illinois. It’s Iowa’s highest preseason place because it was ranked fourth within the 1955-56 preseason ballot.
Gonzaga, which is scheduled to play Iowa on Dec. 19 in Sioux Falls, S.D., is No. 1 within the ballot, adopted by Baylor, Villanova, Virginia and the Hawkeyes. Wisconsin is seventh and Illinois eighth.
Iowa was 20-11 within the 2019-20 season, which was lower brief by the COVID-19 pandemic. They return the 5 gamers who began a lot of the video games final season plus two different gamers who’ve appreciable beginning expertise.
Jordan Bohannon, who performed in simply 10 video games final season, already is the college’s profession chief in 3-point area objectives and he’s again after present process a second hip surgical procedure. Energy ahead Jack Nunge, who began the primary 5 video games final season earlier than struggling a season-ending knee damage, additionally returns.
Different Massive Ten groups within the Prime 25 are Michigan State thirteenth, Ohio State twenty third, Rutgers twenty fourth and Michigan twenty fifth.
Iowa additionally continued to reel in particular person preseason accolades Monday. Luka Garza, final season’s Massive Ten participant of the yr, was named the league’s preseason participant of the yr.