Iowa State men’s basketball: Cyclones rise to 15th in AP poll, 17th in Coaches poll


The Iowa State men’s basketball team rises two spots in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches top 25 polls this week.

Feb 22, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard DeAndre Kane (50) and guard Monte Morris (11) celebrate during the second half of a men

In the AP poll, the Cyclones reached 15th with 709 points, well isolated between a couple of Big Ten schools, 14th-ranked Wisconsin and 16th-ranked Michigan.

There remain just three Big 12 teams in the AP poll. Kansas moved up three spots to fifth place. Texas joined Michigan State and Iowa as the second-biggest fallers, dropping all the way to 24th but hanging on in the top 25.

Oklahoma had 35 points, putting them at 28th place and right behind the top 25 along with Connecticut and UCLA, who dropped out of the top 25 after being ranked a week ago.

However, in the Coaches poll, the Sooners squeak into the top 25. For the other Big 12 teams, Kansas sits at sixth, Iowa State lands at 17th, and Texas fell to 23rd.

In comparison to the in-state rivals, Iowa is now behind Iowa State in both polls after falling to Wisconsin over the weekend. They are 20th in the AP poll and 19th in the Coaches poll.