Cyclones rise to No. 12 in new AP Poll

Jan 10, 2023; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) scores over Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Pop Isaacs (2) at James H. Hilton Coliseum.The Cyclones beat the Red Raiders 84 to 50. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Despite suffering its first Big 12 loss over the weekend, the Iowa State men’s basketball team continues to rise in the polls.

The Cyclones jumped up two spots to No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top-25 released Monday. Iowa State was No. 14 in the poll last week before a dominant win over Texas Tech last Tuesday at Hilton Coliseum then a two-point loss on the road to No. 2 Kansas on Saturday in Lawrence.

The No. 12 ranking is Iowa State’s highest this late in the season since 2015.

The Cyclones are one of the nation’s leading six Big 12 teams in the top 25, joined by No. 2 Kansas, No. 7 Texas, No. 13 Kansas State, No. 14 TCU and No. 21 Baylor.

Iowa State will host No. 7 Texas on Tuesday at Hilton Coliseum.

Jared Stansbury


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