After just one loss, Iowa State basketball goes from the best team in the Big 12 to the fifth-best team in the conference according to the latest Associated Press poll release this week.
The Cyclones fall from 9th down to 17th after losing to South Carolina, 64-60, at a neutral site game at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. They received 663 points, well ahead of North Carolina who sits at 18th but 11 points shy from overtaking Oklahoma at 16th.
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Other Big 12 teams in the top 25 ahead of Iowa State and Oklahoma is Texas at 10th, Kansas at 12th, and West Virginia at 14th. Teams that fall in the small group of Big 12 foes are Maryland at 11th, Notre Dame at 13th, and Wichita State at 15th.
Iowa State finished at 16th and again ahead of North Carolina in the Coaches poll points wise. However, the Cyclones were edged by three points by the Shockers who are at the same place they are in the AP. Oklahoma is behind ISU in the Coaches poll at 18th.
Kentucky again reels in all the first place votes in the AP poll and 31 of the 32 in the Coaches poll — Duke gets the other. The top five is the same in both polls; Virginia, Wisconsin, and Louisville round out the top five. The other Big 12 team in the top 25 is Baylor, who sits at 21st in the AP and 22nd in the Coaches.
Other notable teams include Northern Iowa that’s 23rd in the Coaches and just misses the top 25 in AP by eight points, and Iowa who’s right behind UNI in the AP poll.