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Cyclones stay steady in AP and USA Today polls

The Iowa State men’s basketball stayed steady at No. 7 in the first regular season Associated Press Top 25 released Monday afternoon. They also stayed at seven in the USA Today Coaches Poll

The North Carolina Tar Heels still hold the number one spot in the AP followed by Kentucky, Maryland, Kansas, Duke and Virginia to round out the top six. The Jayhawks also picked up five first-place votes. 

Three of the top five teams will play tomorrow night in the Champion’s Classic with Kentucky taking on Duke and Kansas playing No. 13 Michigan State on ESPN. 

Oklahoma, No. 8, and Baylor, No. 20, were the only other Big 12 schools in the AP poll. West Virginia was third in the other receiving votes category, and Texas got six votes of their own. 

Iowa State opponents Cincinnati and Iowa also received votes. 

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.