Iona Gaels men's basketball
|Location||New Rochelle, NY|
|Head coach||Tim Cluess (5th year)|
|Arena||Hynes Athletic Center
Maroon and Gold
|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|
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. As of 2010[update] 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
The Gaels have appeared in ten NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–10.
|1979||First Round||Penn||L 69–73|
|W 84–78 (later vacated)
|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|
The Gaels have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) five times. Their combined record is 1–5.
|1996||St. Joseph's||L 78–82|
|2014||Louisiana Tech||L 88–89|
The Gaels have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) one time. Their record is 3–1
East Tennessee State
Victories over ranked opponents
- Feb. 21, 1980: Iona 77, Louisville 60 (Madison Square Garden)
- Dec. 27, 2002: Iona 65, North Carolina 56 (Madison Square Garden)
- Nov. 26, 2005: Iona 89, Iowa State 72 (Ames, Iowa)
Gaels in the NBA
- Richie Guerin (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 2013)
- Jeff Ruland (1984 All-Star Selection)
- Steve Burtt, Sr.
- Sean Green
- Scott Machado
- MAAC men's basketball media guide. Accessed March 9, 2012.
- Associated Press, "Brigham Young storms back in NCAA tournament opener", USA Today, 13 March 2012.