Iowa State at No. 20 in newest AP Poll

Jan 5, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Lindell Wigginton (5) reacts during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks at Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State is back in the AP Poll for the first time since 2017.

The Cyclones jumped to No. 20 in this week’s rankings following their 77-60 win over No. 7 Kansas on Saturday. It is the first time the Cyclones have appeared in the poll since finishing at No. 16 in the final poll of the 2016-17 season.

Kansas City Star reporter Jesse Newell gave the Cyclones their highest vote of the week by placing them at No. 12 in his ranking. He is the only AP voter to rank the Cyclones each of the last four weeks.

Texas Tech (No. 8), Oklahoma (No. 23) and TCU (No. 25) are the other Big 12 teams to appear in the rankings this week. Iowa State will take on Baylor tomorrow night in Waco at 6 p.m. on ESPNEWS.

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.