Cyclones ranked 7th in Preseason AP Top 25

The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications. 

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team received its highest preseason ranking in school history, receiving a No. 7 ranking in the poll announced today by The Associated Press.

The No. 7 preseason ranking tops the Cyclones’ previous high ranking of No. 9 entering the 1996-97 season. It is just the fifth time in school history that the Cyclones have been ranked in the preseason top-25.

Iowa State is one of four ranked Big 12 teams. Kansas starts the season at No. 4, while Oklahoma and Baylor follow the Cyclones at No. 8 and No. 22, respectively.

Iowa State, which returns four starters from last season’s team, faces Grand Valley State in an exhibition game on Friday before opening the season against Colorado in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Nov. 13.

Associated Press Preseason Top 25

1.       North Carolina

2.       Kentucky

3.       Maryland

4.       Kansas

5.       Duke

6.       Virginia

7.       Iowa State

8.       Oklahoma

9.       Gonzaga

10.   Wichita State

11.   Villanova

12.   Arizona

13.   Michigan State

14.   California

15.   Indiana

16.   Utah

17.   Wisconsin

18.   Vanderbilt

19.   Notre Dame

20.   Connecticut

21.   LSU

22.   Baylor

23.   Purdue

24.   Butler

25.   Michigan

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.