Iowa and Ohio State are trending in completely different directions.
That's great news for the Hawkeyes — and terrible news for the suddenly scuffling Buckeyes.
Luka Garza scored 16 points, Tyler Cook had 15 points with eight rebounds and Iowa rolled past No. 16 Ohio State 72-62 on Saturday, handing the Buckeyes their third straight loss.
Ryan Kriener scored 11 points for the Hawkeyes (14-3, 3-3 Big Ten), who have won three straight after an 0-3 start to league play.
"We've obviously got a lot of work to do and a lot to improve on," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said.
That was painfully evident in a tough road environment in Iowa City.
Iowa used a 9-0 run early in the second half to seize control, and Joe Wieskamp put Iowa ahead 53-41 with four straight free throws.
Wieskamp had gotten to the line by drawing star Kaleb Wesson's fourth foul, which came with 8:23 left. Wesson was held to a season-low two points on 1 of 5 shooting.
"If you let Kaleb Wesson catch it deep, he's going to get 25," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "I wasn't expecting him to get two. But I didn't want him to get 20."
The flummoxed Buckeyes (12-4, 2-3) then threw a zone at Iowa, and Isaiah Moss drilled an open 3 to make it 59-45. But Iowa's raucous crowd went silent after Cook — who missed Wednesday's win at Northwestern with a sore knee — appeared to hurt his left ankle and was taken to the locker room with 4:08 left."
"He's a little sore," McCaffery said of Cook. "We'll see how he does in the next couple of days."
Ohio State's C.J. Jackson, the team's second-leading scorer at 13.1 points, didn't start for the first time this season. He has been dealing with leg cramps and finished with 10 points before fouling out with 20 seconds to go.
Andre Wesson had 13 points for Ohio State, which committed a season-high 21 turnovers.
Losses to Rutgers and Iowa, albeit on the road, aren't very good ways to stay ranked. But will the Buckeyes tumble 10 spots and out of the poll? It'll be interesting to see if they do on Monday. The Hawkeyes, on the other hand, could return to the poll after a 2-0 week.
MINNESOTA 88, RUTGERS 70: Minnesota's defense sparked its fast-break offense in time for the Gophers to pull away from Rutgers.
Amir Coffey scored 29 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as Minnesota defeated Rutgers at Minneapolis.
Jordan Murphy scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Dupree McBrayer scored 15 points and added 10 assists and freshman Gabe Kalscheur scored 11 points for Minnesota (13-3, 3-2), who put the game away with a 14-1 run midway through the second half.
Myles Johnson scored a career-high 13 and Geo Baker also scored 13 points for the Scarlet Knights (8-7, 1-4), who were playing without their leading scorer and rebounder, Eugene Omoruyi, who was out with a knee injury.
Rutgers pulled to within five at multiple points in the second half but the Gophers finally pulled away with a 14-1 run that started when backup guard Isaiah Washington banked in a 3-pointer.