When the Cyclones take the court this season, the last one will be in the rearview mirror with hopes of another NCAA Tournament berth in 2013-14.
An NCAA Tournament would mark the third-straight for Iowa State. It would put Fred Hoiberg in elite company, joining Tim Floyd (1995-97) as the only coaches in school history to lead the Cyclones to three-straight NCAA Tournaments.
In his first four seasons in Ames, Floyd racked up 81 wins to go along with those three tournament berths. That trailed only Larry Eustachy, who won 84 games.
Hoiberg has a chance to top that. The Mayor (62-39 in his first three seasons) needs just 23 wins, which happens to be the exact number the Cyclones have won in each of the last two seasons, to get to 85.
Hoiberg’s first three seasons have produced a lot of memories and brought the magic back to Hilton Coliseum. His 62 wins are more than any of his Big 12 counterparts had in their first three seasons as Division I coaches and his .614 winning percentage is third behind only Bob Huggins and Rick Barnes.
And it’s pretty impressive company that we are talking about. Think about this:
The Big 12 is the only league in the country in which every coach has guided a team to the NCAA Tournament and five of the coaches have at least 500 career wins.
Nov. 10 can’t get here quick enough.
Big 12 Head Coaches After Three Seasons Coaching Division I
Fred Hoiberg – 62-39 (.614) (Iowa State)
Bob Huggins – 55-31 (.640) (Akron)
Rick Barnes – 55-33 (.625) (George Mason (1), Providence (2))
Tubby Smith – 55-35 (.611) (Tulsa)
Bruce Weber – 41-39 (.513) (Southern Illinois)
Scott Drew – 37-51 (.420) (Valparaiso (1), Baylor (2))
Trent Johnson – 36-51 (.414) (Nevada)
Bill Self – 34-47 (.420) (Oral Roberts)
Lon Kruger – 32-51 (.386) (UT-Pan American)
Travis Ford – 25-56 (.309) (Eastern Kentucky)
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