Iowa State seeded No. 3 in NCAA tournament, headed to San Antonio


Senior forward Melvin Ejim holds up a piece of the net after Iowa State’s win against Baylor in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship final game March 15 in Kansas City, Mo. The Cyclones defeated the Bears 74-65 in their first appearance in the final round since 2000.

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With its first Big 12 Championship since the 2000 season in hand, Iowa State now knows where its journey in the NCAA tournament will begin.

The Cyclones were selected as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament Sunday, where they will take on North Carolina Central on Friday. A game time has yet to be announced. Iowa State will travel to San Antonio, Texas for the both the second and third rounds if it advances.

The No. 3 seed is Iowa State’s highest seeding since the 2001 season when it was a No. 2 seed. That season the Cyclones were upset by No. 15 Hampton in their first-round game. 

With the NCAA tournament berth, Iowa State has now made it to three consecutive NCAA tournaments under the direction of coach Fred Hoiberg. The only other ISU coach to lead the Cyclones to three-straight NCAA tournament appearances was Tim Floyd, who took teams to the tournament in every season from 1995-97.

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