Cyclones’ conference win total improvement in Top 10 nationally

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In the last decade, the Iowa State men’s basketball team has registered one winning season in Big 12 play. That will change Saturday when the Cyclones close the regular season at home vs. Baylor.

ISU already has 11 conference wins and the Cyclones have improved their league winning percentage by nearly 46% from last year.

That increase is the second-best nationally among schools in the major conferences. South Florida of the Big East was 3-15 a year ago and currently sits 12-5. The Cyclones have improved from 3-13 (last year) to 11-6 (currently).

Here are the other Division 1A schools nationally that have improved their conference winning percentages the most from last year:

61.1% — Georgia Southern (Southern) – from 1-17 to 12-6

56.2% — Texas-Arlington (Southland) – from 7-9 to 15-0

54.5% — Loyola-Marymount (West Coast) – from 2-12 to 11-5

53.9% — South Florida (Big East) – from 3-15 to 12-5

52.2% — USC-Upstate (Atlantic Sun) – from 4-16 to 13-5

52.1% — Southern (SWAC) – from 3-15 to 11-5

50% — Manhattan (MAAC) – from 3-15 to 12-6

47.5% — TCU (Mountain West) – from 1-15 to 7-6

45.9% — Iowa State (Big 12) – from 3-13 to 11-6

44.5% — Youngstown State (Horizon) – from 2-16 to 10-8

42.2% — Indiana (Big Ten) – from 3-15 to 10-7

42% — Delaware State (MEAC) – from 5-11 to 11-4

It’s probably also worth noting that in the most recent RealTime RPI rankings, the Big Ten (Indiana), Big East (South Florida), TCU (Mountain West) and Big 12 (ISU) rank 1-2-4-5 in strength. None of the other leagues represented on this list are in the Top 10.


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