Iowa State-UAB Gameday Primer

Coming off its second Big 12 Tournament title in as many years, Iowa State enters the NCAA Tournament with a three-seed when it faces 14-seed UAB Thursday at 11:40 a.m. (CDT). This is Iowa State’s 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

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An Iowa State win…
…improves ISU to 26-8, the third-most wins in school history.
…give ISU a win in the last four NCAA Tournaments.
…improve ISU to 5-3 in NCAA Tournament games under Fred Hoiberg.
…improve ISU to 17-16 in NCAA Tournament games.
…makes it 2-1 all-time against UAB and 15-3 against Conference USA teams.
…makes Hoiberg 116-55 as head coach.
…would be ISU’s 100th win in the last four seasons.

Tournament Tested
Iowa State has played 19 games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, going 14-5 in those games. No other team nationally has played a higher percentage of games against tournament qualifers as the Cyclones (57.5 percent).

Iowa State – 57.5 percent
Kansas – 56 percent
Kansas State – 56 percent
North Carolina – 54 percent
West Virginia – 53 percent
Oklahoma – 53 percent

Special thanks to West Virginia’s Bryan Messerly for researching this information.

Things to watch…
– With his first point, Georges Niang will become the 15th player in school history with 1,500 career points.
– Naz Long needs just two 3-pointers to move into a tie for fifth all-time at Iowa State with Tyrus McGee and Michael Nurse. Long enters the tournament with 144 career threes.
– Monté Morris has 306 assists, just two behind Julius Michalik for 11th all-time. Niang has 302 dimes in his career.
– Jameel McKay (53 blocks) needs just five blocks to match Jared Homan’s 2005 total of 58, which is fifth-most in a single season at Iowa State.
– Dustin Hogue (63 points) needs four points to move into a tie for seventh on the ISU NCAA Tournament scoring charts.

Elite Company
Georges Niang joins his coach Fred Hoiberg, Julius Michalik and Curtis Stinson as the only players in school history with 1,400 points, 450 rebounds and 300 assists.

Worth Noting
– Iowa State is averaging 50.2 points and shooting 55.6 percent behind the arc in the second half of the last five games.
– Hoiberg scored 32 points, including 17-straight Cyclone points in the second half as ISU beat No. 3 Kansas, which included UAB head coach Jerod Hasse, on Jan. 14, 1995.
– Iowa State is 14-2 in the last two seasons when Morris and Niang combine for 10 or more assists.
– Morris has zero turnovers in the last 136 minutes, a streak that spans four and a half games.
– The Cyclones averaged 6.3 turnovers per game in the Big 12 Tournament.

UAB In The National Rankings (As of 3/16)
UAB Rankings





Day One At The Tournament

Here are some pictures of our first day at the tournament.

Just For The Fun Of It



About Matt Shoultz

I'm in my 12th year at Iowa State and fourth as communications director for men's basketball. I have worked with football, women's basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and swimming since arriving at Iowa State. I am a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a Litchfield, Minn. native. I look forward to sharing the tales of Iowa State athletics with you all. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at I'm on twitter @mjshoultz. Go Cyclones!
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