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ESPN's Updated Iowa Predictions After Wednesday's Win

Herky the Hawk performs during game.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Herky the hawk, mascot for the Iowa Hawkeyes performs against the Michigan State Spartans during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michigan State won 66-61. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Having reeled off four straight wins, the Iowa Hawkeyes are soaring up the rankings and improving their NCAA Tournament chances.

Since starting the season 0-3 in Big Ten Conference play, the Hawkeyes have reeled off four straight wins in the Big Ten.

Iowa has done so by knocking off No. 24 Nebraska and No. 16 Ohio State at home, while beating Northwestern and Penn State on the road.

Iowa has performed so well as of late that the team's ESPN's Basketball Power Index (BPI) projections for the rest of the regular season have improved.

ESPN's BPI now projects that the Iowa Hawkeyes will finish with a record of 22-9, with an 11-9 Big Ten Conference record.

Both marks would be the best Iowa has had since the 2015-16 season, when the Hawkeyes went 21-9 in the regular season.

Iowa would go on to lose to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament but still secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, where it beat Temple before losing to Villanova.

Iowa missed out on the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons under Fran McCaffrey, with last year's 14-19 record serving as the team's first losing season since the 2010-11 campaign.

With their four Big Ten wins in the past two weeks, the Hawkeyes have already tied their wins total in the Big Ten from last season.

[ESPN]