Despite being on a three-game winning streak and finally grabbing a win on the road, the last three victories for the Iowa State men’s basketball team haven’t been impressive to any voters for the Associated Press and Coaches Polls. Things are a little bit better for the women’s squad who lands back on the top 25 after a week off.
Looking back on the streak, it’s fair that the Cyclones haven’t received attention yet. Beating TCU and Texas Tech handily at home isn’t anything impressive as both teams ride the bottom of the conference. Winning at Baylor hardly looks impressive after Oklahoma blew them out of the arena. The Sooners outscored them 47-21 in the first half of their game on Saturday.
However, the next three games have potential to impress the voters. Iowa State will finish with two of the top three teams in the conference, the Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma State Cowboys, at home and still have to play Oklahoma on the road.
Kansas moved up to sixth in the AP and fifth in the Coaches; they were ranked ninth on both last week. Oklahoma State dropped one spot to 14th in the AP and all the way down to 18th in the Coaches after losing to the Jayhawks last Wednesday. Kansas State remained at 13th on both polls.
Oklahoma now has five votes in the Coaches poll, and is the only other team to receive votes in both polls for the Big 12.
The Iowa State women’s basketball team was able to rebound and blow out Kansas State last Saturday and return to the AP at 23rd after dropping out a week ago. They moved down one spot to 24th in the Coaches. Baylor remains the top team in the country and both Oklahoma schools are out of the AP but are still on the Coaches.