There really is a Hilton Magic and here are some numbers to back it up.

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The term Hilton Magic was coined in 1989.

Since then, the facility has played host to hundreds of Cyclone wins and memorable performances.

It’s been an especially great fall/winter in Hilton Coliseum for the Cyclones in 2012-13. The five tenants – volleyball (14-1), men’s basketball (10-0), women’s basketball (9-0), gymnastics (2-0) and wrestling (1-1) – have combined to win 36 of 38 competitions.

Wednesday’s last-second win over West Virginia in men’s basketball was the latest triumph for the memory banks. That win, courtesy of a Clyburn-to-Niang length-of-the court conversion with 2.5 seconds left, raised the men’s basketball team’s home mark to 10-0 this winter. The Cyclones have won 17 straight games over two seasons in Hilton, the nation’s eighth-longest (tied) home win streak.

Bill Fennelly’s basketball team is undefeated in Hilton this year with Tuesday’s 21-point decision over 14th-ranked Oklahoma being the latest. The ISU women have won 39 of their last 43 before the home crowd.

The volleyball team was 14-1 at Hilton last season and that included an upset of No. 1 ranked Nebraska in September. Gymnastics and wrestling have also fared well through their early competitions at home in 2013.

On a larger sample size (the ISU coaching tenures of Hoiberg, Fennelly and Christy Johnson-Lynch), the Cyclone basketball and volleyball teams have combined for a 365-71 (.837) mark in Hilton Coliseum.

There is no place like home. Hilton Magic, indeed!

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