AMES, Iowa -- The Cyclones were ranked as high as No. 4 this season, but have now fallen to No. 17 in the AP Top 25.
The team's second loss in their last three games was the most concerning one, as they fell to Baylor at home on Sunday. The Bears scored 60 points in the deciding second half to win 94-89.
"They went on a run and we sort of got punched in the mouth," Iowa State forward Georges Niang said. "We need to do better at responding, but coach has been preaching to us to build on our foundation. This is a learning experience as much as it is a season."
It was Iowa State's first home loss to an unranked team in nearly five years. The Cyclones are now 12-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12, with road games coming this week against Texas on Tuesday and Kansas State on Saturday.
As talk turns to whether Iowa State can still attain one of its main goals -- a regular season conference title -- head coach Steve Prohm says it's a process.
"This isn't the end of the world. We are three games into conference play," Prohm said. "You're not even thinking about the conference championship race until the last two weeks of the season. They are a lot of teams and you have to play a lot of people. We just have to go a day at a time, a game at a time and focus on winning the next game.
"Coming here I knew the expectations. I know the expectation is to win a conference championship, be in Houston and get to the Final Four. I get all that and I embrace it. I understand the process it takes to put yourself in position to win a regular season championship and to be good night in, night out during the grind of a long conference season. We can't get caught up in all that (noise)."