Iowa State men’s basketball: Cyclones break into top 10 in both polls


The Iowa State men’s basketball team has cracked the top 10 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.

Jan 4, 2014; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Toddrick Gotcher (20) tries to keep the ball inbounds against Iowa State Cyclones forward Naz Long (15) in the second half at United Spirit Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

First, the Cyclones have reached ninth in the AP poll with 1,076 votes. They got past Florida marginally with 24 more votes, but finished well behind Villanova who sits at eighth. Baylor remains the top Big 12 team in that poll, sitting at seventh.

Over in the Coaches poll, Iowa State is now the top Big 12 team at seventh and Baylor is at ninth. Oklahoma State dropped to 11th in the AP and 12th in the Coaches after losing to Kansas State. Meanwhile, the Wildcats make their debut a 25th in the AP.

Iowa State still remains as the lowest undefeated team in both polls. Michigan State, Baylor, and Villanova are the one-loss teams ahead of them in the AP poll but only the Spartans are ahead of them in the Coaches poll.

Other top 25 notes

  • Arizona remains as the top team in both polls. They captured 60 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP and 30 of the 32 in the Coaches. Both polls round out with Syracuse and Ohio State in the top three.
  • Wisconsin is either fourth or tied at fourth in both polls and Wichita State is sixth in both polls.
  • Kansas falls to 18th in the AP and 20th in the Coaches. They are the only team with four losses in the polls.