There was no movement in this week's AP poll for Steve Prohm and the Cyclones, and in fact, the top 15 teams in the country held form from last week, aside from Kentucky and Providence swapping spots 10 and 12.
Nos. 1-9 remained untouched, with 13-0 Michigan State retaining its No. 1 ranking (despite an overtime scare against Oakland on Tuesday in Auburn Hills). The Spartans garnered just 89 more points than 2nd ranked Kansas, which received one 1st place vote of its own. Undefeated Oklahoma, ISU's Saturday night date in Norman, stayed at No. 3, followed by Maryland and Virginia to round out the Top 5.
Elsewhere around the Big 12, West Virginia and Baylor each remained 19th and 23rd, respectively. Texas Tech (you are reading that correctly) received six votes to be ranked, followed by Texas with four.
Even with the home loss to the Cyclones, Cincinnati—stop me if you've heard this before—held form at No. 22. Iowa State's final non-conference foe of the season, Texas A&M, moved up one spot to 20th despite being idle last week. Colorado (15) and Iowa (7) each also received votes.
With several one- and two-loss teams lying directly ahead of ISU in the poll, a road win against the 3rd ranked Sooners this weekend would certainly be a welcomed and deserved springboard back into the Top 10. After a home primer with Coppin State on Wednesday, the Cyclones will travel to Norman to open Big 12 play.
Another one to keep an eye on: Michigan State travels to Iowa City tomorrow night to open its Big Ten slate. They'll be without the services of All-America candidate Denzel Valentine, as Iowa looks to win its seventh game in eight tries.
You can view the poll in its entirety below.
|1||Michigan State Spartans (64)||13-0||1623||1|
|2||Kansas Jayhawks (1)||10-1||1534||2|
|7||North Carolina Tar Heels||11-2||1219||7|
|11||Iowa State Cyclones||10-1||938||11|
|15||Duke Blue Devils||9-2||781||15|
|19||West Virginia Mountaineers||10-1||500||19|
|20||Texas A&M Aggies||9-2||371||20|
|24||South Carolina Gamecocks||11-0||175||24|
|Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 49, Oregon 45, Gonzaga 44, Pittsburgh 42, Geo. Wash. 40, Dayton 19, Colorado 15, Monmouth 11, Northwestern 11, Vanderbilt 10, Iowa 7, Texas Tech 6, Texas 4, Florida 4, St. Joseph's 2, Mississippi 1, St. Mary's 1|