Kansas and Iowa State had some great battles in the mid-1990s, and the Jayhawks won most of them. But one they didn’t win occurred Jan. 14, 1995, at Hilton Coliseum.
The Fred Hoiberg game.
Hoiberg was a senior guard for coach Tim Floyd’s team and went on to an All-Big Eight season. The highlight came against Kansas.
Hoiberg led a stirring comeback victory, finishing with 32 points, including 17 in a row in the second half.
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Guarding Hoiberg for much of the game was Jerod Haase, who now is the coach of Alabama-Birmingham, the Cyclones’ opponent in Thursday’s South Region game in Louisville, Ky. Hoiberg is now Iowa State’s head coach.
“He was one of the hardest-working guys I played against,” Hoiberg said Monday of Haase. “Very talented.”
Haase had a big season for Kansas that year, his first in a Jayhawk uniform after transferring from California. He went on to become Big Eight newcomer of the year, and was the starting shooting guard in three straight Big Eight/Big 12 championship teams.
This day in Ames, however, belonged to The Mayor.
Here are some game highlights, which include commentary from the terrific announcing tandem of Fred White and Jon Sundvold.