Iowa State men’s basketball: Cyclones finish top ten in AP, Coaches polls


In the final week college basketball rankings are released, the Iowa State Cyclones finished ninth in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls.

Mar 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; The Iowa State Cyclones are presented with the first place trophy after the game against the Baylor Bears in the championship game of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 74 – 65. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State jumped seven spots from 16th to ninth in both polls. They finally surpassed Kansas by a slim margin; just 10 points in the AP poll and five points in the Coaches poll.

The same mixture of the top 10 are in both polls. Both ISU and Kansas are in the same positions. Florida and Wichita State make up first and second in both polls, respectively. The rest of the schools are Louisville, Virginia, Arizona, Duke, Villanova, and Michigan.

Oklahoma is in both polls, 21st in the AP and 20th in the Coaches. Baylor is 23rd in the AP but isn’t in the top 25 in the Coaches. Losing in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament didn’t seem to hurt the Sooners. The Bears’ late surge in the regular season and making it to the Big 12 title boosted them all the way, deservedly, to the top 25.

The other Big 12 school receiving votes is Texas.

This is the final time that top 25 rankings are released this season.