The 2016-17 Iowa State men’s basketball team provided us with many highlights that will never be forgotten. Over the course of the next few weeks we will be rolling out a bracket-style tournament that will allow you, the fans, to pick the top play of the year. We hope you will enjoy celebrating these great plays as we reminisce on another magical season. Check back daily as we add another match up and to see the results of the fan vote.
To vote: Watch the videos and then vote in the poll at the bottom of each match-up.
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5 vs. 12 & 4 vs. 13
1 vs. 16
Our 1 vs. 16 match-up features a rim-rocking dunk vs. a nifty no-look pass for a reverse layup. Both plays took place in the Big 12 Championship as Iowa State made another memorable run to a third title in four years.
The No. 1 Seed – Burton Ends It With Authority
With Iowa State up nine and just over two minutes left to a third title in four years, Cyclone fans were starting to feel comfortable. What happened next nearly blew the roof off the Sprint Center as Naz Mitrou-Long hit Deonte Burton for an alley-oop over a helpless West Virginia defender.
The No. 16 Seed – Mitrou-Long Finds Thomas For The Reverse
As Iowa State was rolling to a 21-point semifinal win against TCU, Mitrou-Long glides to the center of the court, looks off a pair of defenders and delivers to Matt Thomas for a reverse layup. It was part of a 12-0 Cyclone run that put the game away.
1 vs. 16 Winner: Announced Monday, May 15
8 vs. 9
Our 8 vs. 9 match-up includes a high-arcing 3-pointer and another nifty pass. A sharpshooter and one of the best to ever pass the ball.
The No. 8 Seed – Naz Puts Some Air Under It
With the shot clock ticking down and Iowa State leading by seven points, Mitrou-Long hits a high-arcing 3-pointer over a pair of defenders to put the Cyclones up by double figures with just over five minutes left in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Nevada. Mitrou-Long scored 13 points, hitting 3-of-5 behind the arc.
The No. 9 Seed – Morris Freezes Oklahoma State To Find Thomas
Monté Morris had a game to remember as Iowa State won its eighth-straight against Oklahoma State and its fourth in a row in Stillwater. Morris out dueled Juwan Evans, finishing with 30 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, four steals and no turnovers. This assist to Thomas on the fast break with 3:32 left put the Cyclones up 79-71 as they cruised to the 96-86 win.
8 vs. 9 Winner: Announced Monday, May 15