The year 2000 was bar-none the greatest year in Cyclone history. It was a record-setting, barrier-breaking time that still feels just like yesterday. With so many great memories from the year 2000, it deserves a several part Cyclone Timeline. So toss some Eminem in the CD player, put Gladiator on the Plasma, and shed a tear for Dick Vermeil. The Cyclone millennium, part one, is underway.
January 1- Everybody heroically survives the
catastrophic Y2K. The only casualty was Jim the crazy co-worker who had way too
much to drink in preparation for the impending end of the world.
January 2- The Iowa State Cyclone men under
second year coach Larry Eustachy end the non-conference schedule with an easy
84-53 win over Arkansas State. The victory comes at a cost, as
junior forward Martin Rancik suffers a break in his foot and leaves the Cyclones
desperately thin on the bench. ISU moves to 12-2.
January 4- Thanks to a magnificent
performance from Peter Warrick, the Florida State Seminoles defeat freshman
Michael Vick and the Virginia Tech Hokies 46-29 to win the National
January 8- Jamaal Tinsley played in his
first Big 12 game against Missouri. And finished with Iowa State's second ever triple double. The
"Destroyer" had 12 points, 11 boards, and 11 assists and toyed with the Tiger
defense. ISU wins 86-81.
January 22- The Cyclones fought till the end
and then more against #17 Oklahoma in
four players playing 45 minutes or more, the Cyclones did their darndest to
withstand two overtimes and 13 Sooner 3's. They fell just short. The loss
snapped a 13 game winning streak. Sooners 80 Clones 75.
January 24- George Bush (41%) and Al Gore
(63%) emerge victorious in the Iowa Caucuses. Setting up a battle royal for the
next 10 months, plus a few OTs.
January 25- The #8 Cyclone women win their
remarkable 11th straight, defeating Kansas State 64-61. Bill Fennelly's team is
firmly entrenched on the national map as they improve their record to
January 30- Kurt Warner wins the MVP as the
Rams defeat the Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV.
February 1- The Iowa State men enter the polls for the first
time in three years, debuting at #20. They would remain ranked for the next two
February 16- It had been 18 years since
Iowa State won at Kansas. And it looked like 19 was a lock,
until Jamaal Tinsley turned up the heat. Trailing 59-53 with three minutes left,
Tinsley fleeced the Jayhawks twice and converted lay-ups on the other end. After
a Paul Shirley hook-shot and a Michael Nurse jumper, ISU took a 61-59 lead with
1 minute to play. After another stop on defense, Marcus Fizer hit an impossible
fade-away jumpshot from the deep baseline to seal the victory with six seconds
to play. Final score ISU 64 Kansas 62.
February 19- Riding the Kansas high, the Cyclones
crashed back to earth thanks to few missiles from CU's Jacquay Walls. Iowa State led 80-77 after two clutch free
throws by the Big 12's leading scorer, Marcus Fizer with four seconds remaining.
But Walls dribbled to within 40 feet and launched a shot toward the basket. It
fell through. Walls would add another 15 in OT to notch a career-high 42 points,
as #14 ISU lost for only the 3rd time of the year 102-90. A month
would pass until the men in Cardinal and Gold lost again.
February 22- "Tinsley over to Fizer…Fizer in
traffic…takes it in and STUFFS IT OVER MIHM!!! OH WHAT A MOVE BY MARCUS
FIZER!!!!!!" #17 ISU 89; #14 Texas 77.
February 26- Tied with Texas and Oklahoma State for the Big 12 lead, the Cyclones
faced a huge game with Eddie Sutton and the Cowboys. They answered with
authority. Fizer scored 18 first half points, including two threes from the top
of the key, as the Hilton faithful roared on the Cyclones. He would finish with
28 as ISU moved into sole position of first place in the Big 12, winning 72-61
in the final home game of the season. And what would be Marcus Fizer's final
game at Hilton.
March 1- The women Cyclones earned a three
way tie for the conference championship and clinched the 1 seed in the Big 12
tournament after handling Texas 79-66 in
March 4- Iowa State
traveled down to Waco, looking to win its first conference
championship since winning the Big 6 in 1945. They left no doubt. Fizer scored
ISU's first 10 points, and the Cyclones led 12-2 before Baylor knew what hit
them. He would finish with 34 as Iowa State cut down the nets in celebration.
March 10- In a rematch with Baylor in the
Big 12 quarter finals, Iowa State again had little trouble. Big 12
player of the year Marcus Fizer scored a conference tourney record 38 and ISU
March 11- Bill Fennelly's group didn't want
to be out-shined. Thanks to Desiree Francis' 19 points, the Cyclone women won
their first conference tournament championship, defeating Texas 75-65. Kansas City was full of
March 11- #7 ISU needed every portion of a
career game from Stevie Johnson against Oklahoma State in the semi-finals. The senior
poured in 21, mainly on lay-ups off of great passes from Jamaal Tinsley. The
Cyclones rallied from a 61-57 deficit with 2 minutes remaining and emerged
victorious 68-64 in one of the most intense games in Big 12 tourney history.
March 12- The Cyclones looked absolutely
dominant in the Championship game against Oklahoma. Wanting redemption for one of only
four losses on the year, the Clones blitzed to a 17-6 lead and never looked
back, winning 70-58. The same team that was picked no higher than 7th
by any pre-season prognostication finished the conference season ranked seventh
in the nation, and winner of both the Big 12 regular season and conference
championships. The Clones recorded a record 29th
March 12- The ISU men receive the 2 seed in
the Midwest Regional. No.1 seeds: Michigan State, Arizona, Duke, Stanford.
March 12- The ISU women receive the 3 seed
in the Midwest Regional.
With the NCAA tournament awaiting,
the Cyclones looked to be in great shape to make a run at the Final Four in both
tournaments. How did it all turn out? Check back over the weekend to get the
full glorious, and somewhat painful, details.