With Iowa State’s 50-point rout of Mississippi Valley State on New Year’s Eve, Fred Hoiberg became the fastest Iowa State coach in history to reach 100 victories. The fifth-year coach may have downplayed the accomplishment — “Hopefully we get 101 the next time out,” he said — but the accomplishment is nonetheless a milestone.
So what better way to look back on those 100 wins than to rank some of the top victories? Sure, it’s arbitrary, but here are Hoiberg’s top-5 wins.
- 1. March 15, 2014 vs. Baylor
Having made its way through Kansas State and Kansas at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Iowa State used a major second-half run against Baylor on the night of March 15, 2014 to win the Big 12 Championship, its first postseason title since 2000 and a win that would propel the Cyclones into the NCAA tournament later that month.
- 2. January 28, 2012 vs. Kansas
Maybe this one is a bit too high, but its importance — a win against No. 5 Kansas at Hilton Coliseum — rests more with the meaning of the victory than with what it got Iowa State. In defeating the Jayhawks on this night, Iowa State picked up its first home win against a top-5 team since Jan. 14, 1995. The win can also be pointed to as the return of Hilton Magic and prominence to the program. The Cyclones would later go to the NCAA tournament, something they have done in the past two seasons since.
- 3. March 23, 2014 vs. North Carolina
When DeAndre Kane hit the layup with 1.6 ticks remaining in San Antonio against North Carolina, he helped ensure that Iowa State would advance to its fourth Sweet 16 in program history. This win ranks so highly because it would be hard to top a postseason win in the NCAA tournament.
- 4. December 13, 2013 vs. Iowa
In the first ranked meeting between Iowa and Iowa State since 1987, the game certainly didn't disappoint. Iowa State would win 85-82 to advance to 8-0 on the season. That mark would eventually reach 14-0, the best start in school history.
- 5. November 17, 2013 vs. Michigan
When Iowa State welcomed No. 7 Michigan to Hilton Coliseum on this day, it was special for a bevy of reasons. Dick Vitale called his first game at Hilton, and more importantly, Johnny Orr came onto the court with Fred Hoiberg. A 77-70 victory would ultimately match the highest-ranked nonconference opponent Iowa State had defeated in Hilton Coliseum since it beat No. 7 Iowa in 1987.
- Just missing the cut…
This list, as mentioned before, is certainly arbitrary. Wins in the NCAA tournament against Notre Dame (2013) and UConn (2012) are certainly high on the list as is a win against No. 10 Kansas last season to advance to the Big 12 Championship, and two thrillers last season against Oklahoma State aren't far behind. Share your thoughts in the forum by clicking below.