1996-97 Iowa State Cyclones Men's Basketball Team
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1996%E2%80%9397 Iowa State Cyclones Men's Basketball Team
1996-97 Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball
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1997 NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 18
1996-97 record22-9 (10-6 Big 12)
Head coachTim Floyd (3rd season)
Assistant coachSteve Krafcisin
Home arenaHilton Coliseum
Seasons
← 1995-96
1997-98 →
1996-97 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Kansas + 15 1   .938     34 2   .944
No. 24 Colorado 11 5   .688     22 10   .688
Texas 10 6   .625     18 12   .600
No. 18 Iowa State 10 6   .625     22 9   .710
Texas Tech 10 6   .625     19 9   .679
Oklahoma 9 7   .563     19 11   .633
Nebraska 7 9   .438     18 15   .545
Oklahoma State 7 9   .438     17 15   .531
Baylor 6 10   .375     18 12   .600
Missouri 5 11   .313     16 17   .485
Texas A&M 3 13   .188     9 18   .333
Kansas State 3 13   .188     10 17   .370
+ 1997 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996-97 Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball team represented Iowa State University during the 1996-97 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Cyclones were coached by Tim Floyd, who was in his 3rd season. They played their home games at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa and is an original member of the newly created Big 12 Conference. The Big 12 conference was formed by the eight teams of the recently dissolved Big Eight Conference and was joined by Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, all formally of the Southwest Conference which had also dissolved following the 1995-1996 school year.[1]

They finished the season 22-9 and 10-6 in conference play to finish tied for third place. They defeated Texas Tech and lost to Kansas in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Illinois State and Cincinnati to reach the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to UCLA.

Previous season

The previous season the Cyclones finished the season 24-9, 9-5 in Big Eight play to finish in 2nd place. They defeated Nebraska, Missouri, and #5 Kansas to win the 1996 Big Eight conference tournament championship.[2] This was Iowa State's first conference championship in program history. The conference championship earned them a bid to the NCAA Tournament and a #5 seed. In the tournament they defeated Cal and lost to Utah in the round of 32.[3]

It was the Cyclones final season in the Big Eight Conference, which dissolved at the end of the 1995-1996 school year.

The Cyclones saw individual success with Dedric Willoughby being names All-American honorable mention, first team All-Big Eight, and Big Eight Tournament MVP. Tim Floyd was named Big Eight Coach of the Year and was runner up for AP Coach of the Year.[4]

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Roster

Schedule and results

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
*
W   1-0

*
W   2-0

*

W   3-0

*

W   4-0

*

W   5-0

*

W   6-0

*

W   7-0

*

W   8-0

*
W   9-0


W   10-0
(1-0)

*
L   10-1
(1-0)


W   11-1
(2-0)


L   11-2
(2-1)


L   11-3
(2-2)


W   12-3
(3-2)


W   13-3
(4-2)


W   14-3
(5-2)


W   15-3
(6-2)


W   16-3
(7-2)


L   16-4
(7-3)


W   17-4
(8-3)


W   18-4
(9-3)


L   18-5
(9-4)


L  OT 18-6
(9-5)


W   19-6
(10-5)


L   19-7
(10-6)

Big 12 Tournament


W   20-7
(10-6)



L   20-8
(10-6)

NCAA Tournament


W   21-8
(10-6)



W   22-8
(10-6)



L   22-9
(10-6)

*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Rankings

During weeks eight and nine of the regular season the Cyclones were ranked #4 in the AP Poll. This was the highest ranking the Cyclones had reached since the 1956-57 season when they were ranked #3. This was also the first time in school history the Cyclones were ranked in the top 25 of both the AP and Coaches Poll every week of the season.[7]

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Final
AP Poll[8] 11 11 11 11 9 9 6 5 5 4 4 8 14 11 6 9 7 13 16 18
Coaches Poll[8] 11 11 11 11 15 15 12 5 5 4 4 5 12 12 13 9 8 12 15 17 13

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ "The oral history of the birth of the Big 12". Si.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Championship History : Sponsored by the Big Eight Conference (1908-1996)". Bigeightsports.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "1995-96 Iowa State Cyclones Schedule and Results - College Basketball". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c d "Men's Basketball Traditions" (PDF). Cyclones.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ a b c "2008-09 Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Big12sports.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "1996-97 Iowa State Cyclones Roster and Stats - College Basketball". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Iowa State Cyclones AP Poll History - College Basketball". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ a b "NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. ESPN. Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved 2017.

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