Iowa State will battle Texas at the Big 12 Tournament, Thursday March 8 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m.
Iowa State rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to down No. 9 Baylor, 80-72 Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum.
Scott Christopherson was outstanding on senior night, pouring in 23 points to help the Cyclones improve to 22-9 overall and 12-6 in the Big 12.
The win over Baylor capped the biggest turnaround in league history and led to Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg being named the Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year. Hoiberg shared the honor with Kansas coach Bill Self.
The Cyclones were predicted to finish eighth in the preseason Big 12 Coaches poll in Hoirberg’s second season after finishing last in the Big 12 at 3-13 a year ago. Iowa State improved its conference win total by nine this season at 12-6 and finished the regular-season with 22 victories, the third-best total in Iowa State history.
Hoiberg now has a 38-25 record at I.S.U. Sophomore forward Royce White was one of the reasons for the Cyclone turnaround. He was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. White is ranked in the Big 12’s top-five in both rebounding (9.2) and assists (5.2).