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Iowa State Loses, Finishes Off Winless Big 12 season

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The Iowa State Cyclones finished off a winless Big 12 season with a 61-56 loss to Kansas State on Saturday, an end to one of the worst regular seasons in Cyclone basketball history.

The Cyclones finished the season 2-21 overall and 0-for-18 in Big 12 action, making these Cyclones the first ISU team since the 1936-37 team to fail to record a conference win. That team went 3-15 overall and 0-10 in the Big Six Conference.

This also marks the third season in the last four in which the Cyclones won five or fewer Big 12 games. It’s also the first time since 1981 that the Cyclones failed to win at least 10 games overall (9 wins).


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This is also the first Cyclones team to win exactly two games overall in a regular season since 1924-25. Iowa State’s only wins of the season game on Nov. 29 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Dec. 20 against Jackson State.

Iowa State’s last Big 12 win came on Feb. 25, 2020, when the Cyclones beat the TCU Horned Frogs, 65-59. The Cyclones have now lost 21 straight regular-season conference games.

The future of head coach Steve Prohm is in question, as his Cyclones have now had losing seasons in three of their last four seasons, and haven’t had a winning season in Big 12 regular-season play since the 2016-17 season. The Cyclones have, however, won two Big 12 Tournament championships, the last coming in 2019.

In Big 12 history, three other teams finished conference play without a win — Baylor (0-16 in 1998-99); Texas A&M (0-16 in 2003-04); and TCU. The Horned Frogs went 0-18 in 2013-14, making them the only other Big 12 team to go winless in the current double round-robin conference format.

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