Here’s wishing Cyclones everywhere the happiest of Mondays! To keep you up to speed on all things ISU, here are five things you should probably put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) March is only two days away, and Cyclones hoops fans are buzzing about the postseason as both of their teams are on serious rolls. The Iowa State women’s and men’s basketball teams both defeated top-10 opponents over the weekend and will be looking for the their fifth and sixth, respectively, consecutive wins tonight and tomorrow inside Hilton Coliseum. It’s Senior Night for the surging Cyclone women tonight vs. Oklahoma State; Iowa State looks to send senior phenom Seanna Johnson — along with Lexi Albrecht, Jordan Jensen, and Heather Bowe — out in style before heading to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 tournament this weekend. Iowa State is fresh off a 70-66 victory at No. 6 Texas earned Saturday; the Cyclones are playing their best ball of the season at the right time and are now considered strong contenders for the NCAA tournament next month.
The Cyclone men are also peaking at the perfect time, and Saturday’s 72-69 win over No. 9 Baylor at Hilton Coliseum further strengthened a solid NCAA tournament resume. The Cyclones are home again tomorrow night for an 8 p.m. Senior Night game, also against Oklahoma State, at which seven seniors — including record-smashing point guard Monte Morris — will be honored. The ISU Alumni Association is proud to be a presenting sponsor of tomorrow night’s men’s senior night game — so watch for special messages, giveaways, and promotions from your Alumni Association if you’ll be in attendance. The men have one more contest (March 3 at West Virginia) before starting their postseason run at the Big 12 tourney in Kansas City March 8.
2) Sticking with Cyclone athletics, since there’s a lot going on right now, you should know that the Iowa State track and field team claimed three individual titles over the weekend at the Big 12 indoor championships, hosted right in Ames at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. Jhoanmy Luque won the women’s long jump and triple jump, and Jaymes Dennison claimed the men’s 600-meter run crown. The Cyclones will find out later this week which athletes have qualified for the NCAA indoor championships March 10-11 in College Station, Texas; the outdoor season gets underway March 17 at the Tulsa Duels.
3) And here’s one more sports-related tidbit for you: As the 2016-2017 Cyclone wrestling season draws to a close, transition is a prominent theme. The Cyclones head to Tulsa, Okla., this weekend for the Big 12 championships under the leadership of interim head coach Travis Paulson, as former head coach Kevin Jackson begins transitioning into an administrative role with the athletics department. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech head coach and Iowa native Kevin Dresser, who was named last Monday as Jackson’s successor, begins making his transition to life in Ames. Watch a video interview with the new wrestling coach here.
4) The Cardinal & Gold and the Green & Gold have long had a solid partnership, but last week’s announcement that Deere & Co. plans to open a strategic technology office in the ISU Research Park only strengthens the bond between one of the nation’s top agricultural and mechanical engineering institutions and one of the world’s leaders in farm equipment production.
“We are delighted that John Deere is establishing a physical presence at the ISU Research Park,” ISU President Steven Leath said. “This is a significant step forward in creating a world-class research park and fortifying our university-industry partnership model to promote top talent and innovation.”
5) The deadline to register for the Alumni Association’s March 7 “Celebrate State” social in Kansas City is tomorrow at noon, so be sure to make plans to be there for this complimentary event as we kick off a weeklong celebration of #HiltonSouth.