Iowa athletics in 2012-2013: Last in Big Ten

Lots of second-division finishes

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Last June 10 I had a Hlog post entitled "Only school without any Big Ten championships in 2011-2012? Iowa."

Well, the 2012-13 school year has ended. Once again, the Hawkeyes claimed no Big Ten Conference titles unless you count Iowa's wrestling team finishing first in dual meets. I don't know if Iowa's wrestling program would count it. But it wasn't counted in the standings the Lincoln Journal Star assembled this week.

Steven M. Sipple of the Journal Star had this post (with help from his paper's city editor, Todd Henrichs), computing the average-finish of each Big Ten's athletic program in Big Ten competition for 2012-13.

The team results:

1. Michigan 4.04; 2. Minnesota 4.43; 3. Ohio State 4.64; 4. Penn State 4.92; 5. Illinois 5.24; 6. Nebraska 5.57; 7. Wisconsin 6.10; 8. Indiana 6.22; 9. Northwestern 6.29; 10. Michigan State 6.83; 11. Purdue 7.35; 12. Iowa 7.58.

That means all of Iowa's teams averaged 7.58th in conference competition. In other words ... well, you don't need other words.

In the highest-profile sports, Iowa was sixth in men's basketball, tied for ninth-best in football with a 2-6 record, seventh in women's baketball, and third in wrestling. Like I said, Iowa was first in dual meets.

The Hawkeyes were 12th in men's tennis, 12th in volleyball, 11th in women's indoor track and field and outdoor track and field, 10th in men's and women's cross country, eighth out of eight in women's gymnastics, tied for ninth in softball, tied for eighth in women's tennis, eighth out of 11 in baseball, sixth out of seven in rowing ...

Is it any wonder Hawkeye fans were so ga-ga about Iowa going deep into the men's basketball NIT?


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