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Iowa has been strong in the predictive metrics all season even if the resume never really matched the computer numbers. And, to be honest, the resume still doesn't match the computer numbers; that's why CBS Sports Bracket Expert Jerry Palm has the Hawkeyes projected as a No. 10 seed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament despite them being ranking 15th at KenPom.com, 15th in Sagarin, 16th at BartTorvik.com and 19th in the NET.

But, that said, Iowa is clearly trending upward with March's doorstep just around the corner. The Hawkeyes are 6-1 in their past seven games after Friday night's 88-78 win at Nebraska. They went into Pinnacle Bank, avoided what would've been their first Quadrant 3 loss, and remained 7-8 in the first two quadrants with the highlight of the resume being last weekend's 75-62 victory at Ohio State.

With one more regular-season win, which should come Monday against Northwestern, the Hawkeyes will be guaranteed to finish above .500 in the Big Ten for the fourth consecutive season. They've already won at least 10 Big Ten games for the seventh time in the past eight seasons — and, for the third straight year, they have a legitimate National Player of the Year candidate leading the way. The previous two seasons, it was Luka Garza. This season, it's Keegan Murray, who is averaging 23.2 points per game, which ranks first among all power-conference players.

Iowa remains No. 26 in Saturday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. After Monday's game with Northwestern, the Hawkeyes will close the regular season with road games at Michigan and Illinois.

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Top 25 And 1 rankings

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1 Gonzaga Gonzaga has won 17 straight games by double digits and is 13-0 in the West Coast Conference. The Zags' next game is Saturday at Saint Mary's. -- 28-4
2 Arizona Arizona is 12-2 in the first two quadrants with the only losses coming at Tennessee and at UCLA. The Wildcats' next game is Saturday at Colorado. -- 33-4
3 Kansas Kansas is 16-4 in the first two quadrants with three of the four losses coming in Quadrant 1. The Jayhawks' next game is Saturday at Baylor. -- 34-6
4 Auburn Auburn is 13-3 in the first two quadrants with all three losses falling in Quadrant 1. The Tigers' next game is Saturday at Tennessee. -- 28-6
5 Purdue Purdue is 11-4 in the first two quadrants with three of the four losses coming in Quadrant 1. The Boilermakers' next game is Saturday at Michigan State. -- 29-8
6 Duke Duke is 10-3 in the first two quadrants with an additional loss to Virginia falling in Quadrant 3. The Blue Devils' next game is Saturday at Syracuse. -- 32-7
7 Kentucky Kentucky is 11-5 in the first two quadrants with all five losses coming in Quadrant 1 games away from home. The Wildcats' next game is Saturday at Arkansas. -- 26-8
8 Providence Providence is 12-3 in the first two quadrants with wins over Texas Tech, Wisconsin and UConn. The Friars' next game is Saturday against Creighton. -- 27-6
9 Wisconsin Wisconsin is 14-4 in the first two quadrants with an additional loss to Rutgers falling in Quadrant 3. The Badgers' next game is Saturday at Rutgers. -- 25-8
10 Texas Tech Texas Tech is 13-6 in the first two quadrants with wins over Kansas, Baylor (twice), Tennessee and Texas (twice). The Red Raiders' next game is Saturday at TCU. -- 27-10
11 Baylor Baylor is 15-5 in the first two quadrants with wins over Villanova, Texas and Michigan State. The Bears' next game is Saturday against Kansas. -- 27-7
12 Villanova Villanova is 12-7 in the first two quadrants with wins over Providence and Tennessee. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against Providence. -- 30-8
13 Tennessee Tennessee is 10-7 in the first two quadrants with wins over Arizona and Kentucky. The Vols' next game is Saturday against Auburn. -- 27-8
14 Arkansas Arkansas is 10-5 in the first two quadrants with an additional loss to Vanderbilt falling in Quadrant 3. The Razorbacks' next game is Saturday against Kentucky. -- 28-9
15 UConn UConn is 12-7 in the first two quadrants with victories over Auburn and Marquette. The Huskies' next game is Sunday at Georgetown. -- 23-10
16 Texas Texas is 10-8 in the first two quadrants with wins over Kansas and Tennessee. The Longhorns' next game is Saturday at West Virginia. -- 22-12
17 Ohio St. Ohio State is 9-7 in the first two quadrants with five of the seven losses coming in Quadrant 1. The Buckeyes' next game is Sunday at Maryland. -- 20-12
18 Houston Houston is 7-4 in the first two quadrants but in possession of zero Quadrant 1 wins. The Cougars' next game is Sunday against SMU. -- 32-6
19 USC USC is 8-3 in the first two quadrants with an additional loss to Stanford falling in Quadrant 3. The Trojans' next game is Saturday at Oregon. -- 26-8
20 UCLA UCLA is 8-6 in the first two quadrants but just 4-4 in its past eight games. The Bruins' next game is Saturday at Oregon State. -- 27-8
21 Illinois Illinois is 10-8 in the first two quadrants but just 2-3 in its past five games. The Illini's next game is Sunday at Michigan. -- 23-10
22 Saint Mary's Saint Mary's is 8-6 in the first two quadrants with all six losses coming in Quadrant 1. The Gaels' next game is Saturday against Gonzaga. -- 26-8
23 Murray St. Murray State is 5-1 in the first two quadrants with an additional loss to East Tennessee State falling in Quadrant 3. The Racers' next game is Saturday at Southeast Missouri. -- 31-3
24 Alabama Alabama is 13-8 in the first two quadrants with two additional losses to Georgia and Missouri falling in Quadrant 3. The Crimson Tide's next game is Saturday against South Carolina. -- 19-14
25 Iowa St. Iowa State is 9-9 in the first two quadrants with wins over Texas Tech and Texas. The Cyclones' next game is Saturday at Kansas State. -- 22-13
26 Iowa Iowa is 7-8 in the first two quadrants with wins over Ohio State and Michigan State. The Hawkeyes' next game is Monday against Northwestern. -- 26-10