There are 347 Division I men’s college basketball teams in this place we call the United States of America.
Entering Thursday’s games, none of which feature the Hawkeyes or Cyclones, Iowa is 35th in the Sagarins and Iowa State is 36th. Iowa is 30th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, ISU 32nd. Northern Iowa, by the way, is 61st in both.
Oh we ain’t got a barrel of money
Maybe we’re ragged and funny
But we’ll travel along singin’ our song side by side
Don’t know what’s comin’ tomorrow
Maybe it’s trouble and sorrow
But we’ll travel the road sharin’ our load side by side
Iowa is 17-9 against Division I competition, Iowa State 18-8. According to Sagarin, the Hawkeyes have played the 71st-toughest schedule, and the Cyclones have faced the 79th-toughest.
But in the RPI, which ESPN has tended to fixate on in some of its graphics during games this week (including Iowa State’s win at Baylor Wednesday night), Iowa State is 44th and Iowa is way down the line at 79th. Northern Iowa is 70th.
Here’s what I think this all means: Iowa needs to win at Nebraska Saturday and Iowa State needs to do what is expected of it and mop the Hilton Coliseum floor with Texas Tech the same day.
I would have said that without all this ranking mumbo-jumbo, but I was just scratching for some sort of blog peg on a day in which there is no in-state game to watch because of the Iowa-Nebraska postponement.
However, there is a Big Ten game on the tube tonight. Penn State is at Illinois on the Big Ten Network. That’s the Penn State team that is 0-13 in the conference.