Sixth-seeded Iowa State to face play-in winner in NCAA Tournament’s first round

Iowa State is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in program history.

The Midwest region’s sixth-seed Cyclones will open their Big Dance journey on Friday against the winner of a play-in game between Mississippi State and Pittsburgh in Greensboro.

Iowa State is in the tournament for the second straight season after advancing to the Sweet 16 last year. To get back to the second weekend, Iowa State could face match-ups with three-seed Xavier or 14-seed Kennesaw State.

The Cyclones are one of seven Big 12 teams to make the field.

Stay tuned for more on this story.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.