Does Iowa play a tough men's basketball schedule? Oh, yeah.
Nobody has more ranked teams than Big Ten's six
Mr. @HawkeyeNation, Jon Miller, had a tweet this afternoon that piqued my curiosity.
Wichita State is ranked this week at #23. Iowa will have played nine games of 31 total vs teams in this week's Top 25 poll by season's end
For some ridiculous reason or for no reason whatsoever, that didn't seem like such a big number to me. Then I looked at the schedules of all teams ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25. Here are the teams and the number of games they have either played against current Top 25 teams, or are scheduled to play:
Indiana and Ohio State 11
Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State 10
Duke and Louisville 8
Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame 6
North Carolina State, San Diego State, UNLV 5
Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma State 4
Creighton, Gonzaga, Wichita State 2
Iowa opens its Big Ten season by playing three straight ranked teams (Indiana, at Michigan State, Michigan), but catches what looks like a pretty good break by only playing Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois and Ohio State once this season.
So that's eight of a possible 12 games for the Hawkeyes against the Big Ten's six currently ranked teams for Iowa. Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State all play nine ranked conference clubs.
Whatever happened to ACC hoops, by the way? Only three ranked teams? The Mountain West has that many.
Ranked teams by conference:
Big Ten 6
Big East 5
Mountain West 3
Missouri Valley 2
Big 12 2
West Coast 1