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 is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.