Cyclones’ Otzelberger on Naismith Award watch list

TJ Otzelberger

ATLANTA — Iowa State men’s basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger has been named to the 2024 Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year Late Season Watch List. Otzelberger is one of 15 coaches across the country named to the list, including three from the Big 12 Conference.

In his third season at the helm, Otzelberger has led the Cyclones to a top-10 ranking for the second time, as the sixth-ranked Cyclones sit 20-6 overall. The Cyclones are 9-4 in Big 12 play, a game behind No. 2 Houston for the league lead.

Iowa State has nine wins over AP Top 10 teams under Otzelberger, the second-most in the country and the second-most in school history behind Johnny Orr’s 12. Iowa State’s 17 AP Top 25 wins under Otzelberger are also the second-most in the nation.

His 61 wins at Iowa State are the fourth-most in school history by a coach in their first three years.


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