Iowa State Earns 1st NCAA Bid Since 2005


March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State earned a No. 8 seed for the NCAA tournament and will play ninth-seeded Connecticut in Louisville on Thursday. It’s the first NCAA tournament bid in seven years for the Cyclones (22-10), who were knocked out of the Big 12 tournament by Texas. The Cyclones have never faced Connecticut, which won the NCAA title last season. The winner of that game would likely face top-seeded Kentucky on Saturday. Iowa State celebrated its selection to the tournament with a watch party at Hilton Coliseum. A crowd of roughly 1,500 cheered wildly when the Cyclones seed was shown on the scoreboard hanging over center court.  Tipoff versus Connecticut on Thursday will be at approximately 8:20pm CT and will be televised on TBS with Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, and Lesley Visser as the broadcast team.