Know The Foe: Iona

BRIDGEPORT, CT - MARCH 07: Killian the mascot for the Iona Gaels performs against the St. Peter's Peacocks during the final of the MAAC men's conference basketball tournment at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on March 7, 2011 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Don't know much about Iona College? Here's a bio blast as BYU prepares to take on Iona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton.

BIO

Name: Iona College

Nickname: Gaels

Conference: Metro Atlantic

Location: New Rochelle, New York

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Enrollment: ~4,000

Venue: Hynes Athletic Center, cap. 2,600

Tourney Appearances: 8 (1-8), last in 2006

Best season: 1979-80. The 29-5 Gaels finished the season ranked 19th, and were led to the school's only NCAA tournament win by coach Jim Valvano.

Player-Alumnus: Sean Green, 1988-91. Green was drafted in the 2nd round by the Indiana Pacers in 1991. He finished his NBA career after three seasons by appearing in 36 games in 1994 -- 35 with Philadelphia, and 1 with Utah after being part of the Jeff Malone/Jeff Hornacek trade. He averaged 4.2 points and 8 minutes per game in the NBA.

Coach: Tim Cluess, 2nd season. 50-19 (.725)

Last 5 Years: 105-68 (.607)

2011-12

Record: 25-7 (15-3 MAAC, regular-season 1st place). 2-1 vs RPI Top 50

RPI: 41

Best Wins: Nevada, St. Joe's

Worst Losses: Manhattan, Siena, Hofstra

Point Averages: score 83.2 (1st nationally), allow 72.6

STAT LEADERS

Points: F Mike Glover, 18.5 PPG; G Lamont Jones, 16.0 PPG

Rebounds: Glover, 9.0 RPG; G Scott Machado, 5.0 RPG

Assists: Machado, 9.9 APG (1st nationally)

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