Iowa State men’s basketball: Cyclones drop to 16th in AP poll, stay even in Coaches


The Iowa State men’s basketball team couldn’t extend their winning streak to five games, losing to Kansas State on the road after getting a revenge victory over West Virginia. That loss in Manhattan cost the Cyclones a spot in the Associated Press poll.

Feb 1, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones fan reacts to the Cyclones taking the lead 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

Iowa State drops to 16th in the AP, getting passed by both North Carolina and Michigan over the weekend. They finished with 613 points, well behind Cincinnati and above St. Louis.

ISU wasn’t the only Big 12 team to drop in the polls. Kansas is back in eighth place after losing to Oklahoma State. Texas dropped out of the top 25 after three straight poor road performances. However, Oklahoma debuted at 23rd in the AP poll, and also sandwiched themselves far between Michigan State and Iowa.

The Longhorns are just on the fringe in the AP poll, sitting at 26th. Other Big 12 teams receiving votes are Kansas State (19) and Oklahoma State (1)

In comparison to the USA Today Coaches poll, Kansas just dropped two spots to sixth, Iowa State held firm at 17th, and Oklahoma also debuted at 23rd. Both Texas and Kansas State are on the fringe (26th and 27th, respectively) while Oklahoma State has four votes.

How did the rivals on the Eastside end up after salvaging a win over Purdue to put a halt on Iowa’s three-game losing streak? They currently sit at 24th in the AP and 25th in the Coaches.