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Iowa State Returns to ESPN's Big Monday

Release: 02/24/2013
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AMES, Iowa- Iowa State is back on ESPN Big Monday. When the Cyclones play host to nationally-ranked Kansas on Monday, it will mark ISU's first appearance on the Big 12's weekly marquee game since 2006.

ESPN started its Big Monday showcase in 1987 and began an alliance with the Big Eight/Big 12 in 1992. Since then, the Big Eight/12 has been a staple on ESPN's unparalleled coverage of college basketball.

Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg was a player in ISU's first five Big Monday games. The Mayor didn't disappoint, averaging 18.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in his five-game Big Monday tour.

Here is a quick look at a few of ISU's most memorable moments on Big Monday.

Click the link at the right or in the media player above to see's John Walters Big Monday feature.


Iowa State 96, Colorado 82 OT- Feb. 10, 1992 - Ames, Iowa
Iowa State's first Big Monday appearance will be remembered for other reasons besides a win in overtime vs. the Buffaloes. Very few people saw the first half because ESPN interrupted the broadcast with the verdict of the Mike Tyson rape trial. Tyson was convicted of rape on this night after the jury deliberated for over 10 hours. Once coverage was over, ESPN switched back to the game in the second half and viewers witnessed CU battle back from a 15-point second-half deficit to tie the game on a Donnie Boyce 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation. ISU then outscored CU, 19-5 in the overtime period to record the win. Ron Bayless had 23 points and Hoiberg made all 12 of his free-throw attempts to increase his school-record streak of consecutive made shots at the charity stripe to 34, a mark which still stands today. 

Iowa State 75, No. 7 Kansas 71- Feb. 22, 1993 - Ames, Iowa
A key victory in helping ISU secure an NCAA Tournament berth, as the Cyclones downed No. 7 Kansas, 75-71. Justus Thigpen had 17 points and sophomore Loren Meyer totaled 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. A Meyer dunk with 1:41 left in the game gave ISU a 73-70 lead. After the victory, Meyer hopped on top of the rim in jubilation as Cyclone fans rushed the court.

Missouri 80, Iowa State 71- Jan. 30, 1995 - Ames, Iowa
Despite losing to Missouri, The Mayor had a coming out party in helping him earn All-America honors in his senior season. Hoiberg scored 29 points and went 8-of-14 from 3-point range, posting his career high in treys and tying for the third-best single-game effort in Iowa State history. The beginning of the game was delayed by 16 minutes due to a shot clock malfunction.

No. 12 Iowa State 79, No. 5 Kansas 77- Feb. 5, 2001 - Lawrence, Kan.
Iowa State's only road win on Big Monday was a big one. ISU withstood a furious late KU rally, claiming a 79-77 victory over No. 5 Kansas after holding an 11-point lead with under five minutes to play. KU's Luke Axtell missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win it for the Jayhawks. The victory gave ISU sole possession of first place in the Big 12 standings, a spot they would not relinquish the rest of the season. Kantrail Horton led ISU with 19 points on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, as the Cyclones were 11-of-17 from 3-point range (64.7 pct.) in the game. All Cyclone fans will remember Horton's second-half 30-foot bomb from the KU logo as the shot clock was expiring.

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