The Iowa State men’s basketball team has defeated 10 schools that have won at least 20 games (so far) this season.
Michigan, BYU, Iowa, Akron, Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State (twice) and Texas comprise the list. Boise State has 19 wins and plays San Jose State (7-23 overall) in the Mountain West Tournament Wednesday. The Broncos would be added to the total if they beat SJSU.
ISU defeated 11 teams (2 in post-season action) that reached the 20-win plateau a year ago and 8 the year before that.
So, Coach Fred Hoiberg’s last 3 teams combined to defeat 29 teams that had at least 20 victories. ISU beat 26 teams that won 20 games in the entire decade prior to that.
Iowa State’s most 20-win victims in a season prior to Hoiberg’s tenure were 10 (in 1999-00). Five of those triumphs came in the post-season, including the school’s march to the Elite Eight.
Post-season play for the 2013-14 Cyclones begins Thursday in Kansas City and there will be an opportunity to defeat more 20-win programs, adding to its season total of 10.