Iona Gaels men's basketball

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Iona Gaels
2014–15 Iona Gaels men's basketball team
Iona Gaels athletic logo
University Iona College
Conference MAAC
Location New Rochelle, NY
Head coach Tim Cluess (5th year)
Arena Hynes Athletic Center
(Capacity: 2,611)
Nickname Gaels

Maroon and Gold

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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
NCAA Tournament appearances
1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2012, 2013
Conference tournament champions
1982, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2013
Conference regular season champions
1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2012, 2014, 2015

The Iona Gaels men's basketball team represents Iona College in New Rochelle, New York in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and plays home games in Hynes Athletic Center.[1] As of 2010 the Gaels are coached by Tim Cluess.


Iona College has been competing in men's basketball since the inception of the school in 1940. Iona is an original member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which began play in men's basketball with the 1981-82 season. The Gaels have compiled the most victories of any MAAC team since the founding of the conference and have won a league record eight MAAC titles (1982, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, and 2013). They also appeared in the NCAA tournament in 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2012, and 2013; with the first two of those appearances coming as a member of the Metropolitan Conference and in 2012 as an at-large selection out of the MAAC. The Gaels have also been to 4 NITs, in 1982, 1983, 1996, and 1997. In 2011, the Gaels made it to the final game of the CIT post-season tournament, losing at home to Santa Clara.


NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Gaels have appeared in ten NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–10.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1979 First Round Penn L 69–73
1980 First Round
Second Round
Holy Cross
W 84–78 (later vacated)[2]
L 71–74
1984 First Round Virginia L 57–58
1985 First Round Loyola Chicago L 58–59
1998 First Round Syracuse L 61–63
2000 First Round Maryland L 59–74
2001 First Round Mississippi L 70–72
2006 First Round LSU L 64–80
2012 First Four Brigham Young L 72–78
2013 First Round Ohio State L 70–95

NIT results[edit]

The Gaels have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) six times. Their combined record is 1–6.

Year Opponent Result/Score
1982 Rutgers L 51–55
1983 St. Bonaventure
W 90–76
L 73–85
1996 St. Joseph's L 78–82
1997 Connecticut L 66–71
2014 Louisiana Tech L 88–89
2015 Rhode Island L 75–88

CIT results[edit]

The Gaels have appeared in the Postseason Tournament (CIT) one time. Their record is 3–1

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2011 First Round
Championship Game
East Tennessee State
Santa Clara
W 85–77
W 78–63
W 83–80
L 69–76

Victories over ranked opponents[edit]

Gaels in the NBA[edit]


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