Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball

Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball

Infobox CBB Team
name = Iowa State Cyclones
logo =
logo_size = 150px
university = Iowa State University
conference = Big 12 Conference
conference_short = Big 12
division = North
city = Ames
stateabb = IA
state = Iowa
coach = Greg McDermott
tenure = 2nd
arena = Hilton Coliseum
capacity = 14,092
nickname = Cyclones
color1 = Cardinal
color2 = Gold
hex1 = C41E3A
hex2 = FFD700
NCAAchampion =
NCAAfinalfour = 1944
NCAAeliteeight = 2000
NCAAsweetsixteen = 1986, 1997
NCAAsecondround = 1992, 1995, 1996, 2005
NCAAtourneys = 1944, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005
conference_tournament = 1996, 2000
conference_season = 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.

Greg McDermott is the current ISU men's basketball head coach. McDermott was hired on March 21, 2006, following the firing of previous head coach Wayne Morgan. His assistant coaches are T.J. Otzelberger, Jean Prioleau, and Jeff Rutter. Ron Smith is the ISU Director of Basketball Operations.

Men's basketball history

Johnny Orr Era (1980-94)

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". [cite web |url= | title=Emcee of Hilton magic dies: ISU mourns loss of a true deliverer | | accessdate=2007-04-27] 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 No. 13 seed in the Midwest Region, lost to No. 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 junior 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 No. 10 seed Miami University (OH) and NO. 2 seed Michigan, the No. 7 seed Cyclones reached the "Sweet Sixteen" before falling to the No. 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 Purdue, #7 Iowa, #16 Kansas, and #15 Missouri. Iowa State returned to the NCAA Tournament, losing 90-78 to No. 5 seed Georgia Tech in the first round. The Cyclones were led by senior and three-time first-team All-Big Eight forward 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 No. 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 No. 10 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Cyclones defeated No. 7 seed UNC-Charlotte in the opening round before losing 106-98 to the No. 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.

"Hilton Magic"

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 against Missouri in February 1983 according to an article in the Des Moines Register from February, 2006. According to many sources, Hilton Coliseum is considered one of the toughest places to play in the nation.

All-Time National and Conference Award Winners

Cyclone All-Americans

Team Records and Honors

Top 10 All-Time Leading Scorers

Ralph A. Olsen Award

This award is named after Ralph A. Olsen, along-time friend of Iowa State athletics, and is presentedto the Cyclones’ most valuable player.

Retired Numbers

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

=All-Time Coaching Records [cite web |url= | title=2006-07 Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Guide | | accessdate=2007-04-29] =

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 .419 0 0 0
Bill Strannigan 1955–59 70–45 .609 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 81–49 .623 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– 29–34 .460 0 0 0
All-time totals 1148–1181 .493 6 13 3

Postseason Tournament History

NCAA Tournament History

Season Seed Eliminated
Teams Defeated Lost to

— Final Four Pepperdine Utah

(13) 1st Round — (4) Ohio St

(7) Sweet 16 (10) Miami (OH)
(2) Michigan
(6) North Carolina St

(12) 1st Round — (5) Georgia Tech

(10) 1st Round — (7) UCLA

(10) 2nd Round (7) UNC Charlotte (2) Kentucky

(8) 1st Round — (9) UCLA

(7) 2nd Round (10) Florida (2) North Carolina

(5) 2nd Round (12) California (4) Utah

(6) Sweet 16 (11) Illinois St
(3) Cincinnati
(2) UCLA

(2) Elite Eight (15) Central Conn St
(1) Michigan State

(2) 1st Round — (15) Hampton

(9) 2nd Round (8) Minnesota (1) North Carolina

NIT History

Season Seed Eliminated
Teams Defeated Lost to

N/A 1st Round — Marquette

N/A 2nd Round Wichita State Iowa

N/A Semifinals Georgia
Florida State


External links

* [ Iowa State University Athletics]
* [ Iowa State University]
* [ Iowa State All-Time Results]
* [ Iowa State Exhibition Game Results]

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