The most surprising Iowa State team in history is now one of its most accomplished.

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The Cyclones, coming off their worst season in modern history, are now going to the Sweet 16.

They'll play No. 10 seed Miami, which upset second-seeded Auburn late Sunday, at 9 p.m. Friday in Chicago.

No. 11 seed Iowa State defeated No. 3 Wisconsin, 54-49, in front of a heavy Badgers crowd at Fiserv Forum to advance to the Midwest Region semifinals for the sixth time in school history and first since 2016.

A remarkable season for an Iowa State team that was supposed to be rebuilding continues on to Chicago and the NCAA tournament’s second week after a quintessential Cyclone performance that prioritized physicality, grit and toughness above all else.

A remarkable season for an Iowa State team that was supposed to be rebuilding continues on to Chicago and the NCAA tournament’s second week after a quintessential Cyclone performance that prioritized physicality, grit and toughness above all else.

Iowa State (22-12) bullied and harassed the Big Ten champion Badgers (25-8) with relentless defense that frustrated Wisconsin for all 40 minutes.

The Cyclones shot just 34.5 percent from the field, but it hardly mattered as Wisconsin shot just 30 percent for the game and committed 17 turnovers while star Johnny Davis was 4 of 15 from the floor.