NCAA Tournament Pairings (ISU Release)

AMES, Iowa – For the fourth time in school history (1997, 2000 and 2001), both the Iowa State men's and women's basketball teams have been selected to compete in the 2005 Men's and Women's Basketball Championships.

The men's team earned the ninth seed in the Syracuse Region and will play the eighth-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday, March 18 in Charlotte, N.C. The women's team was the seventh seed in the Kansas City Region and will face the 10th-seeded Utah Utes on Saturday, March 19, in Fresno, Calif.

The men's team (18-11, 9-7) enters the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in school history and the first time since 2001. The Cyclones became one of the hottest teams in the country after reeling off a seven-game winning streak that included five wins over ranked opponents, tying for the second-best total in ISU history. ISU earned the fifth seed at last week's Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City and defeated Baylor in the opening round before bowing out to Texas Tech.

Iowa State will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers (21-10, 10-6) in opening round action in the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. The Gophers finished fourth in the Big 10 and own a win over Wisconsin this season. ISU will face Minnesota for the 17th time in its history, with UM holding a 16-10 advantage. The two teams last met in 1993 in Ames with the Cyclones capturing a 99-65 win.

The ISU women's team (23-6, 12-4) earns an NCAA bid for the seventh time in program history. Iowa State's last appearance came in 2002 when the Cyclones advanced to the second round. ISU has been one of the most solid teams in women's basketball, with wins over Kansas State and Texas to its credit this season. Iowa State earned the fifth seed at last week's Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City and beat Colorado in dramatic fashion before losing a very close game to highly-ranked Texas Tech in second-round action.

Iowa State will face the 10th-seeded Utah Utes (25-7, 12-2) in the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, Calif. Utah tied for first in the league standings in the Mountain West Conference but lost to New Mexico in the conference tournament title game. Utah boasts the co-MVP's of the MWC in junior guard Shona Thorburn and junior forward Kim Smith. The Cyclones and Utes have faced off once before in the NCAA Tournament, with Utah winning a 66-57 decision in the NCAA West Subregional in Charlottesville, Va., in 1997.

Game times, ticket and television and radio broadcast information for both games will be available on the ISU athletics website (www.cyclones.com) as it is released by the NCAA.


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