Iowa State Is In The Big Dance After Quite Possibly The Largest Single-Season Turnaround In NCAA History

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  • Iowa State was 2-22 last year, going winless in Big XII play
  • Now, they’re in the Big Dance on the heels of the biggest single-season turnaround in NCAA history
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Last season was one to forget if you’re an Iowa State basketball fan.

The Cyclones went just 2-22 in the regular season, going winless with an 0-18 mark in Big XII action. It was the program’s lowest win total since going 2-15 way back in 1925, and their first winless conference season since 1937.

The 2020-21 campaign was the team’s least successful in terms of win percentage, ever.

But if you’re watching this year’s Cyclone squad in the NCAA Tournament, you’d find yourself doubting the struggles of last season.

This year, Iowa State won 20 games in arguably the nation’s toughest conference. At one point in the year, they were ranked as high as No. 8 in the polls. They posted huge wins over NCAA Tournament teams in Creighton, Memphis, Iowa, Texas Tech, TCU, and Texas.

This after firing their head coach and having to install a new scheme.

It’s quite possibly the greatest single-season turnaround in college basketball history.

Social Media Reacts To Cyclones’ Impressive Turnaround

The story of this impressive turnaround has caused reaction on social media. And Iowa State will have another chance on Sunday to keep adding to that win total.

As of now, the mark sits at a 19-win difference from last year’s total. With a win over Wisconsin today, that will move to 20 wins and the Cyclones will be on their way to the Sweet 16.

Making things even more impressive is the fact that head coach TJ Otzelberger is doing this in season one at Iowa State. He inherited a team that was picked to finish last in the Big XII.

Take a look at the reaction on Twitter below.

We’ll see if the Cyclones can survive the weekend and advance to the Sweet 16. Their matchup with No. 3 seed Wisconsin starts at 6:10 PM.