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


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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