Iowa Men's Basketball

Iowa men's basketball back in AP poll top 10

No. 9 Hawkeyes play No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State next

Tate Schaefer of Williamsburg, 13, (center) cheers on Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (not pictured) after he set Iowa's
Tate Schaefer of Williamsburg, 13, (center) cheers on Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (not pictured) after he set Iowa's all-time men's basketball scoring record during Iowa's 74-68 win over Penn State Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The team came to the fan section to greet Tate and his family and friends after the game. The team supports Tate as he battles a brain tumor. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa will be in a pair of top-10 men’s basketball matchups between now and Sunday.

The Hawkeyes moved up two spots to No. 9 in Monday’s new Associated Press rankings. It is a return to the top 10 after a two-week absence.

Iowa had been in the top 10 all season before dipping to 15th two weeks ago. The Hawkeyes (17-6) then began a four-game winning streak, including Sunday’s 74-68 win over Penn State.

Iowa plays at No. 3 Michigan Thursday at 6 p.m., then is at No. 4 Ohio State Sunday at 3 p.m.

Illinois is ranked No. 5 and Wisconsin is No. 23.

Iowa center Luka Garza was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week and Naismith Trophy Player of the Week Monday for helping the Hawkeyes to wins over Wisconsin and Penn State. He averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists, and one block in the two contests.

Garza shared the Big Ten honor with Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. It is the fifth time Garza has gotten that award in his career and third time this season.

AP men's basketball Top 25 (Feb. 22, 2021)

1. Gonzaga (22-0)

2. Baylor (17-0)

3. Michigan (16-1)

4. Ohio State (18-5)

5. Illinois (16-5)

6. Alabama (18-5)

7. Oklahoma (14-5)

8. Villanova (14-3)

9. Iowa (17-6)

10. West Virginia (15-6)

11. Florida State (13-3)

12. Houston (18-3)

13. Creighton (16-5)

14. Texas (13-6)

15. Virginia (15-5)

16. Virginia Tech (14-4)

17. Kansas (17-7)

18. Texas Tech (14-7)

19. USC (18-4)

20. Arkansas (17-5)

21. Loyola Chicago (19-4)

22. San Diego State (17-4)

23. Wisconsin (16-8)

24. Missouri (14-6)

25. Tennessee (15-6)

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