Cyclones to play in 2020 Emerald Coast Classic

Mar 22, 2019; Tulsa, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Steve Prohm looks on during the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team will return to the Emerald Coast Classic from Nov. 27-29 at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. The Cyclones won the tournament in 2015, Steve Prohm’s first season at Iowa State.

The tournament will feature Florida, Illinois and Oregon along with the Cyclones. The Cyclones defeated Illinois in the 2015 championship game.

First and second-round games will be played at on-campus sites with four third-round games played on Nov. 27. Consolation round games are scheduled Nov. 28 with the third-place and championship game set for Nov. 29.

Emerald Coast Classic History

2019 — Florida State, champion; Purdue, runner-up

2018 — Cincinnati, champion; Mississippi, runner-up

2017 — TCU, champion; St. Bonaventure, runner-up

2016 — Virginia, champion; Providence, runner-up

2015 — Iowa State, champion; Illinois, runner-up

2014 — Mississippi, champion; Cincinnati, runner-up


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.

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