Cyclones move up to No. 20 in AP Poll after 2-0 week


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Iowa State men’s basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger walks onto the floor before the Cyclones’ 67-50 win over the University of Missouri on Jan. 29.

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Wins over Oklahoma State in Stillwater and Missouri in Hilton Coliseum have T.J. Otzelberger’s Cyclones up three spots to No. 20 in the latest AP Poll released Monday.

It’s the Cyclones’ first rise in the AP Poll since late December and it comes after their first undefeated week since conference play began.

Iowa State is 3-5 in Big 12 play and currently sits tied for sixth in the standings with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Kansas Jayhawks are alone on top of the standings with a 6-1 conference record.

There are four other Big 12 teams currently ranked in the AP Poll. Kansas fell five spots to No. 10, Baylor dropped four spots to No. 8, Texas Tech ranks No. 14 and the Longhorns have entered the poll at. No. 23 after participating in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Cyclones welcome the Jayhawks to town Tuesday before traveling to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns Saturday.