Izaiah Brockington APB free throw

Izaiah Brockington prepares himself to take a free-throw in the game against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Dec. 1 in Hilton Coliseum.

AMES- In a week that featured a blowout against Arkansas Pine-Bluff that left a bad taste in T.J. Otzelberger's mouth, then a trip to Omaha to take down the Creighton Bluejays, Iowa State men's basketball continued its hot start and moved to 8-0.

After debuting in the AP Poll at No. 19 a week ago, the Cyclones moved up to No. 17 in the latest poll release on Monday.

This is their highest ranking since February of 2019.

It's been a miraculous start for Iowa State in Otzelberger's first year at the helm, and he has a chance to add another statement win to his inaugural resume as the Iowa Hawkeyes come to town Thursday.

Iowa State is 8-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season and just the sixth time in program history.

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