UNI has returned to the Associated Press men's college basketball rankings at No. 23, while Iowa State has jumped to No. 11 in this week's poll, released today (Monday, January 12, 2015).

For UNI (14-2), it's the third time this season the Panthers have cracked the top-25 rankings. Each time they have entered the AP poll at No. 23, but UNI has yet to be ranked for consecutive weeks by the media.

The Panthers returned to the poll after a pair of decisive wins last week. UNI beat Southern Illinois at home Wednesday night (55-39) before Saturday afternoon's blowout victory at Drake (64-40).

Iowa State (12-2) made the biggest jump of any team ranked in the AP survey, one week after taking the biggest fall. The Cyclones jumped six spots from No. 17 following Tuesday's home win (63-61) over Oklahoma State and Saturday's victory (74-72) at then-No. 14 West Virginia. Two weeks ago, Iowa State was ranked 7th.

Also worth noting, UNI is ranked 22nd in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, which is a one spot improvement over last week. Iowa State made a three spot jump in coaches survey, moving up to No. 13 from No. 16.


The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 11, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

  Record Pts Prv
1. Kentucky (63) 15-0 1,623 1
2. Virginia (2) 15-0 1,561 3
3. Gonzaga 16-1 1,446 6
4. Duke 14-1 1,432 2
5. Villanova 15-1 1,358 8
6. Louisville 14-2 1,264 5
7. Wisconsin 15-2 1,200 4
8. Utah 13-2 1,185 9
9. Kansas 13-2 1,100 12
10. Arizona 14-2 1,037 7
11. Iowa State 12-2 922 17
12. Notre Dame 15-2 903 13
13. Wichita State 14-2 832 15
14. Maryland 15-2 801 11
15. North Carolina 12-4 719 18
16. West Virginia 14-2 627 14
17. VCU 13-3 578 20
18. Oklahoma 11-4 485 16
19. Arkansas 13-2 431 23
20. Texas 12-4 345 10
21. Seton Hall 13-3 298 19
22. Baylor 12-3 278 21
23. Northern Iowa 14-2 212
24. Oklahoma State 12-3 132
25. Wyoming 15-2 71

Others receiving votes: Ohio St. 70, Michigan St. 67, Dayton 55, Providence 17, Indiana 15, LSU 12, St. John's 10, Alabama 7, Georgetown 7, NC State 6, Green Bay 3, Syracuse 3, Butler 2, Oregon 2, San Diego St. 2, TCU 2, Colorado St. 1, Davidson 1, Hofstra 1, Old Dominion 1, SMU 1.