Iowa State the top four seed in initial NCAA Tournament committee rankings

Jan 19, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Steve Prohm watches his team play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

If the NCAA Tournament started today, Iowa State would be the top No. 4 seed in the bracket. The Cyclones are considered the No. 13 team in the country by the NCAA Tournament Committee’s first top-16 rankings released on Saturday.

Iowa State was placed in the East region alongside No. 1 seed Duke, No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Marquette. The regional semifinals and finals of the East Region will be played in Washington D.C.

Kansas was the only other Big 12 team in the top-16 as they were placed as the No. 3 seed in the West Region. Tennessee, Gonzaga and Virginia were the other three No. 1 seeds alongside Duke.

Iowa State being a No. 4 seed maintains the possibility for them to open the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Cyclones will host TCU on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.