Life in the Big 12 is hard. Iowa State was able to gain a game on every team in the conference standings last week by winning twice, as every other Big 12 team suffered at least one loss in the seven day stretch. Things are only getting tougher as well, as the Cyclones face a pair of top-5 opponents in the next six days.
The Oklahoma Sooners remain the nation's top ranked team after splitting a pair of road tilts in Ames and Waco. Kansas only dropped one spot to #4, as the Jayhawks held serve at home following a less than impressive performance in Stillwater. The West Virginia Mountaineers dropped 3 spots to #9 after losing at home to Texas and sneaking out of Lubbock with a wacky win.
Elsewhere in the Big 12, Iowa State jumps to #14 and passes the Baylor Bears (#17) by doing something the Bears couldn't: beat Oklahoma at home.
In other matters relevant to Iowa State, the Cyclones' win over Iowa continues to look better and better as the Hawks jump to #3 and continue to roll in the B1G. Likewise, the second of Iowa State's top-5 opponents this week, the Texas A&M Aggies, climb to #5 as they too remain undefeated in conference play.
There are no longer any undefeated teams in college basketball, as SMU took their first loss at the hands of the Temple Owls yesterday. They also lost their top 10 ranking by falling to #13 in the polls.
Unbeaten teams remaining: 0 (Sorry, SMU).— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) January 24, 2016
Six of the top ten teams lost last week alone. Hopefully Iowa State can account for two more top ten losses this week. Go Cyclones!
AP Top 25 Poll
|1||Oklahoma Sooners (36)||16-2||1592|
|2||North Carolina Tar Heels (29)||19-2||1586|
|5||Texas A&M Aggies||17-2||1332|
|9||West Virginia Mountaineers||16-3||1105|
|12||Michigan State Spartans||17-4||869|
|14||Iowa State Cyclones||15-4||792|
|22||Wichita State Shockers||14-5||151|
|24||Duke Blue Devils||15-5||145|
|25||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||14-5||136|
|Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 77, South Carolina 74, St. Mary's 42, Pittsburgh 38, USC 27, Butler 26, Clemson 18, VCU 17, Valparaiso 9, Hawaii 9, Utah 5, Connecticut 5, UAB 4, Chattanooga 2, Navy 1, Colorado 1, Grand Canyon 1, Michigan 1|
USA Today Coaches Poll
|1||North Carolina (23)||18-2||791|
|Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 49; Saint Mary's 31; Clemson 30; Notre Dame 20; Gonzaga 17; Butler 15; Southern California 14; Connecticut 11; California 10; Michigan 10; Washington 7; Valparaiso 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; LSU 6; Arkansas-Little Rock 5; Alabama at Birmingham 4; Utah 4; Monmouth 3; Texas 3; St. Joseph?s 2; Oregon State 1.|