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College basketball rankings: Iowa holds steady

Iowa forward Luka Garza (55) struggles for a rebound with Northern Iowa guards Miles Wentzien (10) and guard AJ Green (4) in a Hy-Vee Classic game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday, Dec.  15, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa forward Luka Garza (55) struggles for a rebound with Northern Iowa guards Miles Wentzien (10) and guard AJ Green (4) in a Hy-Vee Classic game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Iowa is still No. 21 in this week’s USA TODAY men’s basketball coaches poll after a one-game week, Saturday’s 77-54 win over Northern Iowa in the final Hy-Vee Classic.

The top five is the same, too: Kansas, Duke, Virginia, Tennessee and Michigan.

After the No. 5-ranked Wolverines, the Big Ten also has No. 8 Michigan State, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 21 Iowa, No. 22 Nebraska and No. 24 Maryland in the top 25.

Iowa State is receiving votes again this week. The only Big 12 teams ranked are unbeatens No. 1 Kansas and No. 11 Texas Tech.

New to the poll this week are No. 23 Marquette and No. 25 Furman. Villanova and Kansas State dropped out.

The schedule lightens for the Hawkeyes (8-2) this week, with Western Carolina (3-9) and Savannah State (3-9) visiting Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday and Saturday, respectively.

Iowa slipped one spot to No. 23 in this week’s AP poll.

Men’s college basketball coaches poll: Dec. 17, 2018

1. Kansas (9-0)

2. Duke (9-1)

3. Virginia (9-0)

4. Tennessee (8-1)

5. Michigan (11-0)

6. Nevada (11-0)

7. Auburn (9-1)

8. Michigan State (9-2)

9. Gonzaga (9-2)

10. North Carolina (8-2)

11. Texas Tech (10-0)

12. Florida State (8-1)

13. Virginia Tech (9-1)

14. Ohio State (9-1)

15. Buffalo (10-0)

16. Mississippi State (9-1)

17. Wisconsin (9-2)

18. Kentucky (8-2)

19. Arizona State (8-1)

20. Houston (10-0)

21. Iowa (8-2)

22. Nebraska (9-2)

23. Marquette (8-2)

24. Maryland (9-2)

25. Furman (12-0)

Others receiving votes: Indiana, Oklahoma, St. John’s, Kansas State, Villanova, Cincinnati, Texas Christian, Iowa State, North Carolina State, North Texas, Central Florida, Louisville, Florida, Purdue, Belmont

Ranked games this week

Thursday

No. 11 Texas Tech vs. No. 2 Duke (at New York), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday

No. 15 Buffalo at No. 23 Marquette, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)

Saturday

No. 18 Kentucky vs. No. 10 North Carolina (at Chicago), 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

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