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Week 12 AP Poll: Iowa State Moves up to #14

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The Cyclones leap 5 spots in the AP Poll after taking down the #1 Oklahoma Sooners and avoiding a trap in Fort Worth.

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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.

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

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Oklahoma Sooners (36) 16-2 1592
2 North Carolina Tar Heels (29) 19-2 1586
3 Iowa Hawkeyes 16-3 1473
4 Kansas Jayhawks 16-3 1369
5 Texas A&M Aggies 17-2 1332
6 Villanova Wildcats 17-3 1261
7 Xavier Musketeers 17-2 1186
8 Maryland Terrapins 17-3 1111
9 West Virginia Mountaineers 16-3 1105
10 Providence Friars 17-3 1005
11 Virginia Cavaliers 15-4 903
12 Michigan State Spartans 17-4 869
13 SMU Mustangs 18-1 838
14 Iowa State Cyclones 15-4 792
15 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 15-3 753
16 Louisville Cardinals 16-3 719
17 Baylor Bears 15-4 594
18 Arizona Wildcats 16-4 502
19 Indiana Hoosiers 17-3 466
20 Kentucky Wildcats 15-5 403
21 Purdue Boilermakers 17-4 328
22 Wichita State Shockers 14-5 151
23 Oregon Ducks 16-4 149
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

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS
1 North Carolina (23) 18-2 791
2 Oklahoma (9) 16-2 766
3 Kansas 16-3 680
4 Iowa 16-3 677
5 Texas A&M 17-2 650
6 Villanova 17-3 591
7 Maryland 17-3 581
8 Xavier 17-2 580
9 West Virginia 16-3 503
10 Providence 17-3 452
11 Michigan St 17-4 445
12 Virginia 15-4 430
13 Miami-Florida 15-3 412
14 Louisville 16-3 384
15 Arizona 16-4 341
16 Iowa St. 15-4 312
17 Indiana 17-3 290
18 Baylor 15-4 281
19 Kentucky 15-4 242
20 Duke 15-5 183
21 Purdue 17-4 150
22 South Carolina 17-2 137
23 Pittsburgh 16-3 118
24 Oregon 16-4 90
25 Wichita St. 14-5 60
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.