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Top 25 Rankings: Iowa State Continues Climb

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You may have heard- the Big 12 is pretty good at basketball this year.

New rankings released today have 7 of the 10 teams in the Associated Press Top 25, and 6 in the USA Today Coach's Top 25. For those of you who aren't good at fractions, that's the majority of the conference.

Iowa State gained another spot to move to #12 after the victory over Drake, benefiting more from Ohio State's loss to UNC than any major improvement on our part. Jameel McKay did make his anticipated debut, which means that we'll be ranked #1 soon our roster is at full strength the rest of the way. The Cyclones are off until New Year's Eve in a matchup with Mississippi Valley St.

Around the rest of the Big 12, Texas and Kansas retained their spots at #9 and #10 respectively, while West Virginia moved up to #18. Oklahoma dropped from #15 to #19 following a 69-67 loss to #13 Washington, and Baylor (#22) and TCU (#25) break into the rankings after narrowly missing out on the College Football Playoffs last week.

Full rankings for the AP and Coach's Polls are below:

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts Prev
1. Kentucky Wildcats (65) 12-0 1625 1
2. Duke Blue Devils 10-0 1548 2
3. Arizona Wildcats 12-0 1502 3
4. Louisville Cardinals 10-0 1344 4
5. Virginia Cavaliers 11-0 1336 6
6. Wisconsin Badgers 10-1 1322 5
7. Villanova Wildcats 11-0 1214 7
8. Gonzaga Bulldogs 12-1 1170 8
9. Texas Longhorns 10-1 1149 9
10. Kansas Jayhawks 9-1 1096 10
11. Wichita State Shockers 8-1 966 11
12. Iowa State Cyclones 9-1 821 13
13. Washington Huskies 10-0 798 16
14. Utah Utes 8-2 796 14
15. Maryland Terrapins 11-1 678 17
16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11-1 536 21
17. St. John's Red Storm 9-2 517 20
18. West Virginia Mountaineers 10-1 464 22
19. Oklahoma Sooners 7-3 436 15
20. North Carolina Tar Heels 9-3 414 24
21. Ohio State Buckeyes 9-2 411 12
22. Baylor Bears 9-1 203 26
23. Northern Iowa Panthers 10-1 162 29
24. Colorado State Rams 11-0 144 28
25. TCU Horned Frogs 11-0 120 27
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 85, S. Diego St. 72, VCU 70, California 32, Miami (FL) 27, Arkansas 22, Indiana 11, Old Dominion 7, LSU 7, Florida 4, Penn St. 4, Seton Hall 3, Oklahoma St. 3, Butler 2, Minnesota 2, Davidson 1, Valparaiso 1


USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky (30) 12-0 798 1
2 Duke (1) 10-0 761 2
3 Arizona (1) 12-0 743 3
4 Louisville 10-0 673 4
5 Virginia 11-0 668 5
6 Wisconsin 10-1 639 6
7 Villanova 11-0 617 7
8 Gonzaga 11-1 568 8
9 Texas 10-1 547 9
10 Kansas 9-1 536 10
11 Wichita State 8-1 451 11
12 Iowa St. 9-1 413 13
13 Washington 10-0 389 16
14 Utah 8-2 361 14
15 Maryland 11-1 322 18
16 Notre Dame 11-1 281 21
17 West Virginia 10-1 268 20
18 Ohio State 9-2 206 12
19 St. John's 9-1 205 23
20 Oklahoma 7-3 192 15
21 North Carolina 8-3 159 24
22 Baylor 9-1 106 26
23 San Diego State 8-3 97 17
24 Northern Iowa 10-1 86 27
25 Colorado State 11-0 70 28
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 40; California 35; TCU 29; Virginia Commonwealth 27; Minnesota 18; Miami (Fla.) 17; Michigan State 13; Arkansas 11; Seton Hall 9; Old Dominion 8; Oklahoma State 7; Indiana 7; Florida 6; LSU 5; Illinois 4; Butler 4; Penn State 3; Saint Mary's 1.