Cyclones don’t move in new polls

The Iowa State men’s basketball team stayed steady in both major college basketball polls this week by staying at No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 9 in the USA Today coaches’ poll

The change in the top 10 of the AP poll this week was Kentucky jumping over the Cyclones from No. 12 to No. 10 after their win over Lousiville on Saturday. Iowa State’s first Big 12 opponent, Oklahoma, stayed put at No. 3 in the AP and No. 2 in the coaches. 

Michigan State is once again the nation’s consensus No. 1 team, while Kansas sits at No. 2 in the AP and No. 3 in the coaches. Maryland and Virginia are No. 4 and No. 5 in both polls. 

West Virginia (No. 19 in AP, No. 17 in coaches) and Baylor (No. 23 in AP, No. 21 in coaches) were the other two Big 12 teams in the poll. 

Future ISU opponent Texas A&M is No. 20 in the AP and No. 19 in the coaches, while Cincinnati stayed at No. 22 in the AP and dropped two spots to No. 23 in the coaches’ poll. 

Texas and Texas Tech both received votes in the coaches poll. 

Iowa State is No. 4 in the RPI rankings to start the week while Xavier is the No. 1 team. Four Big 12 teams (No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 9 Texas Tech, No. 19 Texas, and No. 24 Kansas) are in the top 25 of the RPI.


Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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