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ESPN's New Iowa Basketball Season Predictions

Fran McCaffrey reacts to a call.

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 22: Head coach Fran McCaffery of the Iowa Hawkeyes reacts in the second half of the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyArena on March 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Iowa basketball has hit a bit of a rough stretch, after a strong to start to the year.

The Hawkeyes were defeated at home pretty easily by Michigan State last Thursday, 82-67.

Fran McCaffery's club followed it up with a tough road loss at Minnesota on Sunday, 92-87.

It probably isn't time to panic yet, but thing don't get easier in the immediate future for the Hawkeyes.

Next up: No. 5 Michigan.

The Wolverines will be at shorter rest, as they host hated rival Ohio State tonight. They are looking to prove that they are still worthy of No. 1 seed consideration.

John Beilein's team recently lost its first game of the year at Wisconsin, and have had some middling performances otherwise. The Wolverines did blow out Indiana in Bloomington on Friday, 69-46.

Right now, Iowa basketball is 5-5 in conference play, for seventh in the Big Ten standings, but ESPN projects the team to finish a bit higher.

According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index, as of today, Iowa is projected to finish with the fourth best overall record in the conference at 21-10 (rounded from 21.2-9.8), but sixth in conference play.

The projection has the Hawkeyes finishing at .500 in the Big Ten (10.2-9.8), good for sixth. Unfortunately for Iowa, that is only good for a less than 0.1-percent chance to win the league.

Big Ten BPI projections on January 29, 2019.


Friday's game tips at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.