The Iowa State Cyclones basketball program started in 1907 and reached their first NCAA Tournament in 1944. The Cyclones didn’t make the Big Dance again until 1985 when they went a streak of appearing in the tournament four times in a five season span. Overall, Iowa State has made the NCAA Tournament over 15 times, winning more than 15 games and reaching the Elite Eight once to go along with their lone Final Four appearance.
Iowa State became nationally relevant under head coach Johnny Orr who was hired in 1980 to take over the basketball program that fought consistency in their history. Orr led the Cyclones to six NCAA Tournaments including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1986. After Orr retired, he finished with the most wins in program history with 218.
Iowa State had their best tournament run in their first NCAA Tournament in 1944. The Cyclones advanced to the Final Four that season and squared off against the Utah Utes. The game will be remembered as a defensive battle as both teams failed to reach 45 points. Iowa State fell to Utah 40-31 to end their championship hopes.
Iowa State Cyclones Recent NCAA Tourament History
Iowa State entered the 2014 season as the number three seed after having a very successful regular season. The Cyclones won their first game easily, but won a very close game in their second game against the North Carolina Tar Heels as they came out victorious by the score of 85-83. Iowa State moved on to face the Connecticut Huskies, but lost to the eventual champion 81-76 despite 34 points from Dustin Hogue.