Iowa State falls out of the AP Top 25

Dec 8, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA;  Iowa State Cyclones guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) shoots the ball as Iowa Hawkeyes forward Ahmad Wagner (left ) and forward Dom Uhl (right) defend during the second half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa won 78-64. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State’s streak of 61-straight weeks in the AP Top 25 has come to an end. The Cyclones, who were ranked No. 25 last week, fell out of this week’s poll after a 78-64 loss to Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The program’s run in the poll started in Nov. 2013 after the upset win over No. 7 Michigan at Hilton Coliseum. It was the nation’s third-longest streak behind only Arizona and Kansas.

During the streak, Iowa State’s program made runs to back-to-back Big 12 Tournament championships and two Sweet 16 appearances in three seasons.

The Jayhawks led other Big 12 squads in the poll coming in at No. 3, followed Baylor (No. 4) and West Virginia (No. 12). ISU opponents Gonzaga (No. 8) and Cincinnati (No. 25) also stayed in the rankings.

Villanova was the nation’s top team for the second week in a row. UCLA, Kansas, Baylor and Duke rounded out the top five.

Jared Stansbury


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