Iowa State men’s basketball: Cyclones drop six spots to 17th in AP poll


The Iowa State Cyclones dropped from 11th to 17th in the latest Associated Press poll, and swap places with the 19th-ranked Texas Longhorns in the Coaches poll.

Feb 15, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Monte Morris (11) brings the ball up the court at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State defeated Texas Tech 70-64. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State’s drop was the result of a blowout loss against West Virginia, but held firm in the top 20 with a win over Texas Tech. They received 597 points, 12 points behind 16th-ranked Wisconsin and 18 points ahead of 18th-ranked Kentucky.

In the Coaches poll, the Cyclones had 227 points, which put them behind the Badgers but ahead of Michigan.

Elsewhere in the Big 12, three total teams are just ranked again. Kansas sits at eighth in both AP and Coaches polls. Texas is 19th in the AP and 17th in Coaches, which is the exact opposite of Iowa State in both polls. The Longhorns didn’t move up in the AP despite a convincing win over the Mountaineers on Saturday night.

Both the Cyclones and Longhorns will have their second matchup of the season on Tuesday night.

Oklahoma received seven votes and Kansas State received one vote in the AP poll. However, both teams are on the fringe in the Coaches poll with 31 votes and 19 votes, respectively. West Virginia also got two votes in the Coaches.

Other notes:

  • The top four are unanimous in both polls: Syracuse, Florida, Wichita State, and Arizona. Rounding out the AP is Duke, rounding out the Coaches is Louisville. Interestingly enough, the AP have the Cardinals at 11th.
  • The Orange received 64 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP and all 32 first-place votes in the Coaches.
  • The Iowa Hawkeyes are now ranked ahead of Iowa State in both polls at 15th.