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Iowa State Cyclones Basketball

College: Iowa State University

Conference: Big 12

Stadium: Hilton Coliseum (capacity 14,267)

Head Coach: TJ Otzelberger (2021-present)

2022-23 Regular Season Record: 19-14

2023 Postseason Record: NCAA March Madness first round (defeated 59-41 by the Pittsburgh Panthers)

Legendary Alumni: Monte Morris, DeAndre Kane, Melvin Ejim

National Championships: 0 (Final Four: 1944)

Iowa State Cyclones Basketball

Throughout the vast majority of its history, Iowa State University has been synonymous with its football team’s success on the gridiron rather than its basketball team’s exploits on the hardcourt. In the past few decades, however, the Cyclones basketball program has begun to assert itself on the national stage over the past few decades as a team that opponents need to take seriously. All but one of the Cyclones’ 22 appearances in the NCAA March Madness postseason tournament have come since 1985, in which time they have progressed to the Sweet 16 a total of 6 times and the Elite 8 on 2 occasions. In the Cyclones’ most recent run to the Elite 8 of the tournament, in 2000, falling to the MSS by a score of 75-64. Had they won, it would have actually been the team’s second Final Four appearance, as the Cyclones did make it to the tournament semifinals way back in 1944. Most recently, the Cyclones have shown promise with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2022, though they lost disappointingly in the first round last year (2023) to the Pittsburgh Panthers by a score of  59-41.

How can I get cheap tickets to Iowa State Cyclones games?

Despite Hilton Coliseum’s large capacity, Iowa State Cyclones home games frequently sell out. While this goes a long way towards creating the incredible atmosphere at the arena that is known as Hilton Magic, it can make tickets quite difficult to find, particularly for postseason tournament games, key conference deciders, or rivalry matchups. To get your hands on the cheapest tickets to Auburn Tigers games, search the TicketX listings on this page and use our handy TicketX seating chart to compare prices and locations. You can buy tickets with the lowest commission fees from TicketX with just a single click! 

Iowa State Cyclones Rivalries

The biggest basketball rivals of the Iowa State Cyclones are the high-powered Kansas Jayhawks, who hold a commanding 190-68 lead in the all-time series between the two teams. Iowa State has nonetheless defeated the Jayhawks in several high profile conference tournament matchups. The Cyclones biggest in-state rivals are the Iowa Hawkeyes, against whom they compete as part of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series that encompasses all sports played between the two schools. The Hawkeyes currently lead the basketball series 47-28 all time. The Cyclones also have in-state rivalries against the Northern Iowa Panthers and Drake Bulldogs

Are Iowa State Cyclones basketball games exciting?

Despite several upgrades and renovations over the years, the Hilton Coliseum retains the rare vintage feel of a 1970s basketball venue with its solid concrete shell and steel doors designed to hold in sound (boosting what is considered to be one of the loudest crowds in the NCAA). This atmosphere is said by local Iowa fans and sportswriters to create a special home advantage known as “Hilton Magic” (this is based on the high number of notable comebacks and upsets of strong rivals that have occurred in the stadium). After encountering the wall of sound emanating from the cardinal and gold clad supporters that buoys the home team on (and intimidates the opposition), it would be hard for anyone not to believe in a bit of “Hilton Magic.”


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