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Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball

Iowa State Cyclones
2014–15 Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball team
Iowa State Cyclones athletic logo
University Iowa State University
Conference Big 12
Location Ames, IA
Head coach Fred Hoiberg (5th year)
Arena Hilton Coliseum
(Capacity: 14,356)
Nickname Cyclones

Cardinal and Gold [1]

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1986, 1997, 2000, 2014
NCAA Tournament appearances
1944, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1996, 2000, 2014
Conference regular season champions
1935, 1941, 1944, 1945, 2000, 2001

The Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball team represents Iowa State University (ISU) and competes in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I.[2]


Early Years (1908–1980)

From 1907 to 1928, the Cyclones played in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association,[3] managing a few winning records in-conference but no championships.[3] In 1929, the Cyclones moved to the Big Six Conference and named Louis Menze their head coach. Over the next 19 years, Menze would lead the Cyclones to four conference championships (their only seasons with a winning conference record in this period). Two of these teams earned consideration for the then eight-team national tournament; the 1941 squad lost in a pre-tournament "qualifying game" to Creighton, and three years later the 1944 team won one game in the tournament proper and lost the next to eventual champion Utah, good for a spot in history as a Final Four participant.

After Menze's last conference win in 1945 and resignation of the coaching position in 1947 (he would remain Iowa State's Athletic Director until 1958, having taken the position in 1945),[4] the Cyclones floated between the bottom and the middle of the conference for decades, their main claim to fame being two wins of the conference's 'Holiday Tournament', played between Christmas and New Year's in Kansas City, in 1955 and 1959. Neither these tournament wins, nor their regular season performances, qualified the Cyclones for postseason play in the 33 years between Menze's and Orr's stints in the head coaching position. But the 1957 cyclones were ranked #3 in the nation, after handing Wilt Chamberlain's #1 Kansas their first loss. Gary Thompson out scored Chamberlain, while Don Medsker held Chamberlain to a career low in scoring and then hit the game winner at the buzzer. Still the school's highest ever national ranking.[5] From the introduction of the Big Eight's postseason tournament in 1977 until Johnny Orr's fifth season in 1985, the Cyclones did not advance past their first game.[6]

Johnny Orr Era (1980–1994)

Johnny Orr came to Iowa State from the University of Michigan in 1980. Iowa State's Athletics Director had called Orr to inquire about Michigan assistant Bill Frieder. When Orr learned of the salary Iowa State would offer Frieder, he negotiated the Iowa State head coaching job for himself. Orr is credited with building "Hilton Magic" and laying the foundation for Iowa State's success in men's basketball. A number of Cyclone greats played for Orr, such as Jeff Grayer, Barry Stevens, walk-on Jeff Hornacek, Lafester Rhodes, Justus Thigpen, Victor Alexander, Fred Hoiberg, Julius Michalik, and Loren Meyer, many of whom would go on to success in the NBA.

Orr's first team (1980–81), led by junior forward Robert Estes (14.9 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game) produced a lackluster 9–18 record. Freshman forward Ron Harris, whom Orr considered his first prominent Cyclone recruit, contributed per-game averages of 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds.

Led by sophomore Ron Harris and freshman recruit Barry Stevens of Flint, Michigan, Orr's 1981–82 team finished the season with a 10–17 overall record and a 5–9 record in Big Eight play. Harris gave the Cyclones 13.3 points per game, while Stevens contributed 13.0 points per game. Senior Robert Estes added 10.3 points per game.

The Cyclones improved to a 13–15 overall record in the 1982–83 season, but again finished 5–9 in conference play. Many of the Cyclone faithful regard sophomore Barry Stevens' buzzer-beating shot against the 10th-ranked Missouri Tigers during the 1982-83 season as the foundational example of "Hilton Magic".[7] Stevens tallied per-game averages of 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds for the season. Ron Harris contributed 14.3 points per game.

Orr's 1983–84 team recorded the first winning season of his tenure at Iowa State—and the first winning season for Cyclone basketball since Lynn Nance's 1977–78 team finished 14–13—with a 16–13 overall mark and a 6–8 record in conference play. The Cyclones played in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), losing to Marquette in the first round. Junior forward Barry Stevens averaged 22.2 points per game on the season. Seniors Terrence Allen and Ron Harris each averaged 11.0 points per game.

Led by senior Barry Stevens and freshman forward Jeff Grayer, natives of Flint, Michigan known at Iowa State as "The Flintstones," the 1984–85 Cyclones finished tied for third in conference play (7–7) and 21–13 overall. Iowa State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time under Orr and for just the second time in the history of the program. The Cyclones, the #13 seed in the Midwest Region, lost to #4 seed Ohio State by a score of 75–64. ISU managed to upset the 10th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks twice during the regular season. Barry Stevens averaged 21.7 points per game. Jeff Hornacek recorded 12.5 points per game, and freshman Jeff Grayer averaged 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds on the season.

Despite the departure of two-time first-team All-Big Eight forward Stevens, the 1985–86 campaign saw Grayer and senior guard Jeff Hornacek lead the Cyclones to their most successful season yet under Johnny Orr. Iowa State finished with a 22–11 overall mark and a 9-5 record and second-place finish in conference play. The Cyclones advanced to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years for the first time in school history. With wins over #10 seed Miami University (OH) and #2 seed Michigan, the #7 seed Cyclones reached the "Sweet Sixteen" before falling to the #6 seed North Carolina State Wolfpack, 70–66. First-team All-Big Eight Jeff Grayer led the Cyclones with per-game averages of 20.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Senior and first-team All-Big Eight Jeff Hornacek averaged 13.7 points per game. The Cyclones upset the 5th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners and 4th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks during the regular season.

The 1986–87 Cyclones finished with a 13–15 overall record and a 5–9 record in Big Eight play, missing postseason tournament competition for the first time in four seasons. Junior Jeff Grayer averaged 22 points and 7 rebounds per game, while senior Tom Schafer averaged 18 points and 6 rebounds. Despite their struggles, the 1986–87 Cyclones managed wins over two ranked teams (15th-ranked Kansas and 12th-ranked Oklahoma).

Orr's 1987–88 Cyclones rebounded from the losing season of the prior year to finish 20–12 overall and 6–8 in conference play, including wins over #2 Jeff Grayer and senior Lafester Rhodes, who averaged 25 and 22 points per game, respectively.

The 1988–89 Cyclones finished the season 17–12 overall and 7–7 in conference play, including a victory over the 3rd-ranked Missouri Tigers in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones advanced to their fourth NCAA Tournament under Johnny Orr, losing 84–74 to the #7 seed UCLA Bruins in the first round. Sophomore Victor Alexander averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds per game on the season. Sophomore Mark Baugh averaged 13.3 points per game, while Sam Mack contributed per-game averages of 11.8 points and 8.1 rebounds.

Following the loss of key players to attrition and legal problems in the offseason, the 1989–90 Cyclones finished 10–18 overall and 4–10 in conference play, marking the Cyclones' second-worst season under Orr. Only Johnny Orr's 1980–81 team, his first at ISU, had finished with a worse overall record. Junior Victor Alexander averaged 19.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Terry Woods averaged 16 points per game.

The 1990–91 season saw the Cyclones finish with an overall record of 12–19 and a conference record of 6–8. Despite their poor overall performance, the Cyclones managed wins over two ranked teams (#12 Oklahoma State and #21 Oklahoma). Senior Victor Alexander averaged 23.4 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game, while senior Doug Collins averaged 14.3 points per game.

Iowa State's fortunes improved during the 1991–92 season, with the Cyclones finishing 21–13 overall (5–9 in conference play) and earning the #10 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Cyclones defeated #7 seed UNC-Charlotte in the opening round before losing 106–98 to the #2 seed Kentucky Wildcats in the round of 32. Iowa State recorded wins over #16 Iowa, #21 Oklahoma, #2 Oklahoma State, #3 Kansas, and #13 Missouri during the regular season. Junior Justus Thigpen led the team with 16.3 points per game, while junior Ron Bayless averaged 12.6 points per game. Freshmen Julius Michalik and Fred Hoiberg averaged 13.6 and 12.1 points per game, respectively.

Iowa State finished the 1992–93 season with a 20–11 overall record and a second-place 8–6 record in conference play. The Cyclones advanced to their sixth and final NCAA Tournament under head coach Johnny Orr, losing in the first round to No. 9 seed UCLA, 81–70. Iowa State managed victories over #12 Oklahoma and #7 Kansas during the regular season. Seniors Justus Thigpen and Ron Bayless led the team with 17.6 points and 13.3 points per game, respectively. Sophomore Julius Michalik and Ames native and sophomore Fred Hoiberg contributed 12.0 and 11.6 points per game, respectively.

In the 1993–94 campaign—Orr's final season as Iowa State men's basketball head coach—the Cyclones posted a 14–13 overall mark and a 4–10 record in conference play. ISU was led by a trio of juniors—Loren Meyer, Fred Hoiberg, and Julius Michalik, each of whom averaged over 20 points per game on the season.

Orr retired from coaching in 1994. He remains the winningest coach in Iowa State history (in terms of total wins), with a win-loss record of 218–200 as the head coach of the Cyclones.
Years → '80–'81 '81–'82 '82–'83 '83–'84 '84–'85 '85–'86 '86–'87 '87–'88 '88–'89 '89–'90 '90–'91 '91–'92 '92–'93 '93–'94
Record→ 9–18 10–17 13–15 16–13 21–13 22–11 13–15 20–12 17–12 10–18 12–19 21–13 20–11 14–13

Tim Floyd Era (1994–1998)

Following Johnny Orr's retirement, Iowa State hired Tim Floyd from the University of New Orleans (UNO) to serve as the next men's basketball head coach. Floyd's first ISU team recorded a 23–11 overall mark and a 6–8 mark in conference play, and advanced to the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament, losing 73–51 to the No. 2 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. Senior Fred Hoiberg averaged 19.9 points per game. Seniors Loren Meyer and Julius Michalik averaged 15.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and 14.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, respectively.

Following the graduation of four starters from the 1994–95 Cyclones, Tim Floyd replenished his roster with several junior college and Division I transfers. Four of the 1995–96 team's starters had not been part of the ISU roster during the prior season, with sophomore point guard Jacy Holloway being the lone exception. Dedric Willoughby transferred to Iowa State from UNO, and Kenny Pratt, Shawn Bankhead, and Kelvin Cato each transferred from junior colleges to play for the Cyclones. The 1995-96 Cyclones finished with a 24–9 overall record, a second-place 9–5 conference record, and the final Big Eight tournament championship—the first conference tournament championship in Cyclone basketball history—with a 56–55 victory over Roy Williams' Kansas Jayhawks. Iowa State earned the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, the then-highest seed achieved in ISU men's basketball history. The Cyclones defeated No. 12 seed California 74–64 in the first round of the tournament; Rick Majerus' No. 4 seed Utah Utes defeated ISU 73–67 in the second round. Dedric Willoughby averaged 20.5 points per game on the season. Kenny Pratt averaged 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Kelvin Cato contributed per-game averages of 9.6 points and 7.7 rebounds.

The 1996–97 Cyclones returned all five starters from the previous season's Big Eight tournament championship and NCAA Tournament team. Iowa State finished with a 22–9 overall record and a 10–6 conference mark in the inaugural season of the Big 12 Conference. The Cyclones would advance to the third NCAA Tournament "Sweet Sixteen" in Iowa State men's basketball history with victories over Illinois State and Cincinnati, before falling in a 74–73 overtime loss to the UCLA Bruins. Senior Dedric Willoughby averaged 18.9 points per game for the season, and seniors Kenny Pratt and Kelvin Cato averaged 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game and 11.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, respectively.

Tim Floyd's 1997–98 Cyclones finished the season with a 12–18 overall record and a 5-11 conference record. Freshman forward Marcus Fizer averaged 14.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, and Klay Edwards contributed per-game averages of 9.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Following the season, Tim Floyd left Iowa State to replace Phil Jackson as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls.

Years → '94–'95 '95–'96 '96–'97 '97–'98
Record→ 23–11 24–9 22–9 12–18

Larry Eustachy Era (1998–2003)

Iowa State hired Larry Eustachy from Utah State to fill the head coaching position vacated by Tim Floyd. In his first season, Eustachy led the Cyclones to 15–15 overall record and a 6–10 record in Big 12 play. Sophomore Marcus Fizer averaged 18 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Michael Nurse and Martin Rancik both averaged 10.3 points per game.

Following his first season, Eustachy gained the services of two guards, Jamaal Tinsley and Kantrail Horton, via transfer. The 1999-2000 Cyclones returned Marcus Fizer, Martin Rancik, Michael Nurse, and Stevie Johnson from the previous season's team. Iowa State finished the season 32–5 overall, setting a school record for wins in a season. The Cyclones finished 14–2 in conference play to earn the outright Big 12 Conference regular season championship—the sixth regular season conference title in the program's history, and the first since 1945. The Cyclones then defeated Oklahoma 70–58 in the Big 12 basketball tournament finals to win the Big 12 conference tournament championship, the second conference tournament title in ISU men's basketball history. The No. 2 seed Cyclones advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2000 NCAA Tournament after wins over No. 15 seed Central Connecticut State, No. 7 seed Auburn, and No. 6 seed UCLA by 10, 19, and 24 points, respectively, but ultimately fell to the Michigan State Spartans, the eventual NCAA Champion, in the regional finals by a score of 75–64 (the differential representing the Spartans' narrowest margin of victory during the tournament). It was the Cyclones' deepest NCAA Tournament run in the modern era. The Big 12 Champion Cyclones were led in scoring by All-American forward and eventual fourth pick of the 2000 NBA Draft Marcus Fizer, who averaged 22.8 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Michael Nurse and first team All-Big 12 guard Jamaal Tinsley contributed 12.5 points and 11 points per game, respectively.

Despite the departure of Marcus Fizer to the NBA, Eustachy's 2000–01 Cyclones, led by returning senior and eventual All-American guard Jamaal Tinsley and senior Kantrail Horton, managed a 25–6 overall record and a 13–3 record in conference play, earning a second consecutive Big 12 regular season championship. Iowa State earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but the Cyclones' season ended with a stunning 58–57 defeat at the hands of No. 15 seed Hampton. Iowa State became just the fourth No. 2 seed to lose to a No. 15 seed since the expansion of the tournament field to 64 teams in 1985. Jamaal Tinsley led the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Martin Rancik and freshman Jake Sullivan added 13.2 points per game and 11.4 points per game, respectively.

The 2001–02 Cyclones produced the worst overall men's basketball record since the 1990–91 season, finishing 12–19 overall record and 4–12 in conference play. Tyray Pearson averaged 18.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Jake Sullivan and Shane Power contributed per-game averages of 16 points and 13.6 points, respectively.

The 2002–03 Cyclones finished with a 17–14 overall record and a 5–11 conference record. ISU accepted an invitation to the NIT. The Cyclones defeated Wichita State Shockers in the opening (play-in) round, but fell 54–53 to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first round. Jake Sullivan led the team in scoring with 17 points per game. Jackson Vroman contributed 12.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Junior point guard Tim Barnes averaged 11.3 points per game.

Following the 2002–03 season, pictures surfaced showing Larry Eustachy at a student party in Columbia, Missouri. Eustachy attended the party just hours after his team had lost to the Missouri Tigers. Though Eustachy broke no laws, nor provisions of his contract, the matter played out like a scandal, leading to Eustachy's public admission of alcoholism and Iowa State athletic director Bruce Van De Velde's recommendation that he be fired. Eustachy subsequently resigned on May 5, 2003, receiving a $960,000 settlement from Iowa State.

Years → '98–'99 '99–'00 '00–'01 '01–'02 '02–'03
Record→ 15–15 32–5 25–6 12–19 17–14

Wayne Morgan & Greg McDermott Era (2003–2010)

From 2003–2010, the program fell on hard times, only reaching the Greg McDermott, who had been the coach at the University of Northern Iowa. During Coach McDermott's tenure, he recruited Craig Brackins and Wes Johnson, who eventually went on into the NBA. In 2010, McDermott resigned to accept the head coaching position at Creighton University. He was replaced by Fred Hoiberg.

Years → '03–'04 '04–'05 '05–'06 '06–'07 '07–'08 '08–'09 '09–'10
Record→ 20–13 19–12 16–14 15–16 14–18 15–17 15–17

Fred Hoiberg Era (2010–Present)

On April 27, 2010, it was announced that Ames, Iowa, native, Fred Hoiberg, would become the 19th coach in the history of the Iowa State men's basketball program. In his first season at Iowa State, Hoiberg led a team with only four returning players to a 16–16 record.

In his second season, Iowa State had a much deeper team with players like Royce White, Korie Lucious, and others now eligible to play after sitting out the previous year due to transfer rules. The Cyclones improved to 23–11, had 12 wins in the conference, and earned a #8 seed in the South Regional in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning Coach Hoiberg Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year honors. In his third season, the Cyclones earned a #10 seed and defeated #7 Notre Dame in the Round of 32. It was the first year the Cyclones had been to the NCAA tournament back to back since 2000-2001, and the first time the Cyclones had won tournament games in successive seasons since 1996-1997.

Fred Hoiberg entered his fourth season at the helm of the Iowa State Cyclones by guiding the team to its best start to a season with a 14-0 record before their first loss. The Cyclones went into the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament with a 23-7 mark. After a close call with Kansas State in their first game in the 2014 Big 12 tournament, Iowa State faced Kansas, the only team they hadn't beat at least once all year to that point. ISU emerged victorious this time, beating the Jayhawks, 94-83. Iowa State went on to beat Baylor in the Big 12 championship game 74-65, for their first conference tournament title since 2000. The Cyclones earned a #3 seed in the East Regional of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and defeated their first opponent, North Carolina Central, 93-75. After another close call with the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 3rd round of the NCAA Tournament, ISU came out with a win 85-83. The Cyclones advanced to the Sweet 16, the first time the program had been there since 2000, and lost to #7 seed UConn, 81-76, who eventually went on to be national champions. This marked the third time in their last four trips to the NCAA tournament that the Cyclones lost to the eventual national champions (2005 North Carolina Tar Heels, 2012 Kentucky Wildcats, and the 2014 UConn Huskies.)

Years → '10–'11 '11–'12 '12–'13 '13–'14 '14–'15
Record→ 16–16 23–11 23–12 28–8 5-1

Coaching Records [8]

Name Years Record Win pct. Conference
S. Clyde Williams 1908–11 20–29 .408
Homer C. Hubbard 1912–15 21–40 .344
H. H. Walters 1916–19 27–38 .415
R. N. Berryman 1920 6–12 .333
Maury Kent 1921 10–8 .556
Bill Chandler 1922–28 39-86 .312
Louis Menze 1929–47 166–153 .520 4 1 0
Clayton Sutherland 1948–54 63–89 .414 0 0 0
Bill Strannigan 1955–59 69–46 .600 0 0 0
Glen Anderson 1960–71 142–161 .469 0 0 0
Maury John 1972–74 43–35 .551 0 0 0
Ken Trickey 1975–76 13–40 .245 0 0 0
Lynn Nance 1977–80 44–64 .407 0 0 0
Johnny Orr 1981–94 218–200 .522 0 6 1
Tim Floyd 1995–98 81–47 .633 0 3 0
Larry Eustachy 1999–03 101–59 .631 2 2 1
Wayne Morgan 2004–06 55–39 .585 0 1 1
Greg McDermott 2007–10 59–68 .465 0 0 0
Fred Hoiberg 2011–14 95–48 .664 0 3 0
All-time totals 1273-1262 .502 6 16 3

Season Records

Total: 1273–1262[9]

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion



Titles Type Year
Conference Championships[10]
4 Big Eight Conference Regular Season Title 1935, 1941, 1944, 1945
1 Big Eight Conference Tournament Championship 1996
2 Big 12 Conference Regular Season Title 2000, 2001
2 Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship 2000, 2014
9 Total

All Time Records

Record vs. Big 12 opponents

Current Big 12 Opponents

Iowa State
Overall Record in Ames at Opponent's
at Neutral Site Last 5 Meetings Last 10 Meetings Current Streak Since Beginning
of Big 12
Baylor ISU, 17–10 ISU, 12–0 BU, 9–2 ISU, 3–1 ISU, 4–1 ISU, 7–3 W 1 ISU, 16–9
Kansas KU, 176–60 KU, 68–37 KU, 90–15 KU, 18–8 KU, 4–1 KU, 8–2 W 1 KU, 33–10
Kansas State KSU, 136–82 Tied, 50–50 KSU, 79–21 ISU, 10–7 ISU, 3–2 KSU, 6–4 W 1 Tied, 20–20
Oklahoma OU, 112–82 ISU, 48–37 OU, 62–23 OU, 13–11 ISU, 3–2 Tied, 5–5 W 1 OU, 14–10
Oklahoma State OSU, 63–56 ISU, 36–14 OSU, 37–14 OSU, 12–6 ISU, 3–2 OSU, 6–4 W 3 OSU, 17–8
Texas UT, 17–11 ISU, 8–4 UT, 11–1 Tied, 2–2 UT, 3–2 UT, 7–3 W 1 UT, 16–7
TCU Tied, 5–5 ISU, 3–1 Tied, 2–2 TCU, 2–0 ISU, 4-1 Tied, 5–5 W 4 ISU, 4-0
Texas Tech ISU, 14–11 ISU, 8–3 TTU, 7–3 Tied, 1–1 ISU, 4–1 ISU, 6–4 W 3 TTU, 11–10
West Virginia ISU, 3-1 ISU, 2-0 Tied, 1-1 N/A ISU, 3-1 ISU, 3-1 W 1 ISU, 3-1

Former Big 12 Opponents

Iowa State
Overall Record in Ames at Opponent's
at Neutral Site Last 5 Meetings Last 10 Meetings Current Streak Since Beginning
of Big 12
Colorado ISU, 77–70 ISU, 48–18 CU, 48–16 ISU, 13–4 CU, 3–2 Tied, 5–5 L 1 Tied, 16–16
Missouri MU, 147–84 ISU, 58–47 MU, 84–21 MU, 5–16 MU, 5–0 MU, 8–2 L 9 MU, 18–14
Nebraska NU, 131–103 ISU, 62–48 NU, 78–33 ISU, 8–5 ISU, 3–2 ISU, 7–3 W 1 ISU, 18–12
Texas A&M TAMU, 10–7 ISU, 4–3 TAMU, 5–3 Tied, 1–1 TAMU, 3–2 TAMU, 8–2 W 2 TAMU, 10–7
*As of December 2011.[6][11][12][13]

Record versus Iowa schools

Records vs Iowa schools as of the end of March 16, 2014.[6]

Postseason Tournament History


NCAA Tournament

Years → 1985 1986 1988 1989 1992 1993 1995 1996 1997 2000 2001 2005 2012 2013 2014
Seeds→ 13 7 12 10 10 8 7 5 6 2 2 9 8 10 3

Conference Tournament seeds

Big Eight Conference[14]
Years → 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Seeds→ 8 2 6 7 8 6 5 4 3 2 6 5 5 6 5 3 7 5 7 2

Big 12 Conference

Years → 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Seeds→ 4 11 9 1 1 11 9 8 5 10 8 11 10 11 12 3 5 4

Pageantry and Traditions

Team name

The original "Cyclone" football team first played during 1895. This team earned the nickname "Cyclones" when they soundly defeated Northwestern, 36 - 0. The Chicago Tribune the next day headlined the story about the game with "STRUCK BY A CYCLONE -- It Comes From Iowa and Devastates Evanston Town." Since then the name Cyclones has been associated with Iowa State.[15]


Iowa State uses a cardinal, Cy, as its mascot instead of an actual tornado or Cyclone. Prior to the football match-up against Colorado on November 12, 2005, a tornado touched down in several places in and around Ames, Iowa, forcing fans to either weather the storm outside in the parking lot or seek shelter in the adjacent Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility or nearby Hilton Coliseum. Such an atmosphere was created that Iowa State was able to beat the favored Buffaloes, 30–16. When asked about the event, Colorado coach Gary Barnett said, "I thought we had a pretty good mascot. But when we showed up at Iowa State and they had a real tornado, that's the real deal."[16]

Rivalries/Trophy games


Hilton Coliseum

Hilton Coliseum

James H. Hilton Coliseum is a 14,356-seat multi-purpose arena in Ames, Iowa. The arena, which is part of the Iowa State Center, opened in 1971. It is home to the Iowa State University Cyclones basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, and volleyball teams. The building was specifically built to hold in sound with a solid concrete structure, steel doors, and a crowd that sits just a few feet from the court. During big games, players from opposing teams, as well as Iowa State, have even said that the floor has shaken due to the loudness of the crowd. A record basketball crowd of 15,000 saw the Cyclones post a 97–94 win over Iowa in 1971.

Hilton Magic is the atmosphere created by the fans at Hilton Coliseum during men's and women's basketball games. The first occurrence of Hilton Magic is said to be a last-second shot hit by Barry Stevens (with Johnny Orr head coach) against Missouri in February 1983, according to an article in The Des Moines Register from February 2006. According to many sources,[17][18] Hilton Coliseum is considered one of the toughest places to play in the nation.

Sukup Basketball Complex

ISU Basketball Pracitce Facility under construction

Opened in September 2009, Iowa State's new basketball practice facility is located on two acres of land (in west Ames, Iowa) that was donated by a local developer, Dickson Jensen. The $8 million, 36,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) facility, includes two separate 10,000-square-foot gymnasiums for both men's and women's basketball programs, as well as separate lounges and locker rooms, a theater room, a medical treatment area, and coaches' offices and conference rooms.[19]

Hixson-Lied Student Success Center

The $10 million Hixson-Lied Student Success Center was designed for improving academic achievement campus-wide, with the second floor devoted specifically to student athletes. The facility was built using private contributions. Since its completion in 2006, Iowa State student athletes have dramatically improved in the classroom and now have a higher average grade point average than the rest of the student body.[20]

Current Staff & Team

Current Staff
Position Name
Head Coach: Fred Hoiberg
Associate Head Coach: Charlie Henry
Assistant Coach: Matt Abdelmassih
Assistant Coach: Cornell Mann
Director of Basketball Operations: Micah Byars
Director of Player Development: Nate Loenser
Graduate Assistant: Tim Mannix
Graduate Assistant: Nate Schmidt [21]

The current head coach of Iowa State is Fred Hoiberg. The former coach, Greg McDermott, left the position on April 26, 2010, to become the men's head basketball coach for the Creighton Bluejays. Iowa State has obtained coaches Charlie Henry, Cornell Mann, Matt Abdelmassih, and Micah Byars, who won a national championship as a defensive back with the Florida Gators. Henry was promoted after former Associate Head Coach Doc Sadler, who had previously been the head coach at UTEP and Nebraska left to take the Head Coach position at Southern Miss. Fred Hoiberg was announced as the new men's basketball coach on April 27, 2010.

Individual accomplishments

Draft history

Regular draft
Year Round Pick Overall Player Team
1948 N/A N/A N/A Ray Wehde Boston Celtics
1953 N/A N/A N/A Delmar Diercks New York Knicks
1957 5 3 35 Gary Thompson Minneapolis Lakers
1958 12 2 79 Don Medsker Cincinnati Royals
1961 4 5 37 Henry Whitney Syracuse Nationals
1962 9 5 74 Vince Brewer Syracuse Nationals
1963 11 2 77 Marv Straw St. Louis Hawks
1968 1 5 5 Donald Smith Cincinnati Royals
1968 11 3 137 John McGonigle Chicago Bulls
1970 3 8 42 Bill Cain Portland Trail Blazers
1973 3 17 52 Martinez Denmon Boston Celtics
1973 5 8 77 Clint Harris Phoenix Suns
1973 16 3 201 Tom O'Connor Cleveland Cavaliers
1974 3 5 41 Robert Wilson Houston Rockets
1976 4 10 61 Hercle Ivy Houston Rockets
1976 10 7 165 Art Johnson New Orleans Jazz
1979 3 2 46 Andrew Parker Washington Bullets
1980 6 14 129 Dean Uthoff San Antonio Spurs
1982 10 5 210 Robert Estes Kansas City Kings
1985 2 19 43 Barry Stevens Denver Nuggets
1986 2 46 46 Jeff Hornacek Phoenix Suns
1987 3 8 54 Tom Schafer Denver Nuggets
1987 5 20 112 Sam Hill Dallas Mavericks
1988 1 13 13 Jeff Grayer Milwaukee Bucks
1991 1 17 17 Victor Alexander Golden State Warriors
1995 1 24 24 Loren Meyer Dallas Mavericks
1995 2 23 52 Fred Hoiberg Indiana Pacers
1997 1 15 15 Kelvin Cato Dallas Mavericks
2000 1 4 4 Marcus Fizer Chicago Bulls
2001 1 27 27 Jamaal Tinsley Vancouver Grizzlies
2004 2 2 31 Jackson Vroman Chicago Bulls
2006 2 30 60 Will Blalock Detroit Pistons
2008 2 25 55 Mike Taylor Portland Trail Blazers
2010 1 21 21 Craig Brackins Oklahoma City Thunder
2012 1 16 16 Royce White Houston Rockets

All-Time Cyclone Scoring Leaders

Player Years Points PPG
Jeff Grayer 1984-1988 2,502 20.0
Barry Stevens 1981-1985 2,190 18.7
Fred Hoiberg 1991-1995 1,993 15.8
Victor Alexander 1987-1991 1,892 17.1
Marcus Fizer 1998-2000 1,830 18.9

Cyclone All-Americans

Year Player Type
1957 Gary Thompson All-American
1994 Fred Hoiberg Second-Team Academic
1995 Fred Hoiberg First-Team Academic
1995 Fred Hoiberg All-American
2000 Marcus Fizer All-American
2001 Jamaal Tinsley Second-Team All-American
2001 Paul Shirley Second-Team Academic
2003 Jake Sullivan Third-Team Academic
2014 Melvin Ejim Second-Team All-American
2014 Melvin Ejim First-Team Academic
2014 DeAndre Kane Third Team All-American

First Team All-Conference selections

Ralph A. Olsen Award

This award is named after Ralph A. Olsen, a long-time friend of Iowa State athletics, and is presented to the Cyclones' most valuable player.

Retired Jerseys

Year Name #
1957 Gary Thompson #20
1968 Zaid Abdul-Aziz #35
1988 Jeff Grayer #44
1991 Jeff Hornacek #14
1992 Waldo Wegner #14
1997 Fred Hoiberg #32
2008 Barry Stevens #35


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