It was a productive weekend for Iowa even before they took the court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Minnesota on Sunday night. Wisconsin pulled off a huge upset in College Park by defeating Maryland on the road and then Indiana was smashed in East Lansing by Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes hadn't even played and the two teams they were tied with atop the conference had fallen. All they had to do was beat Minnesota who entered the game 0-12 in the league. Make that 0-13 now. The Hawkeyes played far from their best performance but they return to the outright lead of the Big Ten conference.
Iowa is 11-2 in league play while Indiana and Maryland are both now 10-3. It should also be noted that Indiana still has a game left against both Iowa and Maryland.
The Hoosiers have by far the toughest slate remaining. Of their five games left on the docket, two are home contests against Maryland and Purdue and they have to travel to Iowa City for a showdown with the Hawkeyes.
Maryland's five games left consist of playing Indiana and Purdue on the road and hosting Michigan.
Iowa has a challenging schedule remaining. In addition to Indiana, they do host the hottest team in the Big Ten, Wisconsin, who has won seven conference contests in a row. Games against the Hoosiers and Badgers are in Carver-Hawkeye Arene but they'll also be narrow favorites in Columbus and Ann Arbor when they travel to take on Ohio State and Michigan.
The Hawkeyes do resume play on Wednesday night against Penn State at 5:30 CT on BTN.