Iowa State men’s basketball: Cyclones remain at 16th in AP, move up in Coaches poll


For the third straight week, the Iowa State men’s basketball team remains at 16th in the Associated Press poll and moved up one spot in the Coaches poll after going 1-1 during last week.

Feb 1, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Georges Niang (31) and guard Matt Thomas (21) celebrate during a timeout against the Oklahoma Sooners in the second half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State beat Oklahoma 81-75. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The Cyclones received 717 points in the AP, well ahead of Iowa that’s ranked at 17th and two points shy of Texas, who moved all the way up to 15th after the big upset over Kansas.

Iowa State lost to the Jayhawks despite a valiant effort at Allen Fieldhouse, and then they were able to return to Hilton Coliseum and get a much needed victory over Oklahoma.

Kansas now sits back at eighth in the AP poll, still the highest-ranked team in the Big 12. Oklahoma State is at 19th and Oklahoma is 21st. No other team in the Big 12 received votes.

In contrast, the Coaches poll has Iowa all the way at 13th while Iowa State sits in the 17th spot. The Cyclones beat out Texas by three points. The Cowboys are right behind the Longhorns at 19th. Elsewhere, Kansas is at ninth and Oklahoma is at 23rd.

Baylor received seven votes in the Coaches poll.

This is the second time this season that Iowa State stayed in the same position on the AP poll for three straight weeks. If they can get a big win over Oklahoma State on Monday night, they won’t be staying at 16th for long.