After handing a Denzel Valentine-less Michigan State its first loss of the season and shocking Purdue in West Lafayette with a second-half spree last week, Iowa has soared into the top 25. The Associated Press (AP) voters placed the Hawkeyes at #19, while the coaches don't like them quite as much, listing them at #23. And, thanks to their losses to Iowa, both Michigan State and Purdue dropped in the polls. The Spartans no longer are the #1 team, now sitting at #5 in both polls, and the Boilermakers fell from #14 in both polls to #18 in the Coaches poll and #20 in the AP poll.
Accordingly, Maryland becomes the Big Ten's highest-ranked team after surviving an upset bid by Penn State and nuking Northwestern in Evanston. The Terrapins moved up one spot to #3 in each poll as Michigan State slid below them.
Two other Big Ten teams received votes. Indiana earned them in both polls, getting five in the Coaches poll and two in the AP poll, while Michigan had two in the AP poll, too.
Speaking of Michigan, its two opponents this week are #20/18 Purdue and #3/3 Maryland. If U-M can win one, it can continue to push its way into the poll picture.
Here are the full AP and Coaches polls for January 4, 2016:
|1||Kansas Jayhawks (44)||12-1||1,598|
|2||Oklahoma Sooners (21)||12-0||1,574|
|5||Michigan State Spartans||14-1||1,400|
|6||North Carolina Tar Heels||13-2||1,275|
|13||Iowa State Cyclones||11-2||844|
|14||Duke Blue Devils||12-2||830|
|17||West Virginia Mountaineers||12-1||558|
|21||Texas A&M Aggies||11-2||420|
|22||South Carolina Gamecocks||13-0||286|
|Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 61, California 54, Texas Tech 40, George Washington 38, Saint Mary's 23, Baylor 22, Oregon State 4, Colorado 4, Seton Hall 4, Saint Joseph's 3, Wichita St 3, Utah 3, Cincinnati 2, Indiana 2, Michigan 2, Akron 1, Oregon 1|
USA Today Coaches Poll
|5||Michigan St (1)||14-1||676||1|
|Others Receiving Votes: California 52; Dayton 28; George Washington 23; Cincinnati 19; Saint Mary's 18; Texas Tech 17; Vanderbilt 6; Oregon 6; Utah 5; Indiana 5; Colorado 4; Oregon State 3; Southern California 2; Houston 2.|