The debate raged and rippled, from sidewalks crisscrossing Iowa State’s snow-dusted campus to social media and national radio shows.

No, not arguments about whether Naz Long’s late 3-pointer or DeAndre Kane’s game-winning layup mattered most in an NCAA Tournament win Sunday against North Carolina. And no, not back-and-forths about the Cyclones’ prospects Friday in a Sweet 16 game against UConn.

Opinions swirled on a hot-button issue generating the real heat: Can coach Fred Hoi­berg dance?

Iowa State football offensive coordinator Mark Mangino sat in a chair outside a student dining hall Monday as he waited to meet a recruit. Mangino joined the fray when asked about Hoiberg’s locker-room celebration that mushroomed into a must-watch video.

“Not bad,” Mangino said. “When he retires from coaching, he might want to get a little gig dancing in Las Vegas or something.”

The old-school footwork of Hoiberg, a moment of goofy joy and release, illustrated just how Big Apple-bound large the victory against the Tar Heels had been. Sway by smile-inducing sway, the snapshot delivered context in spades.

There was more payoff for the win than solely qualifying for Iowa State’s first Sweet 16 in 14 seasons.

The Cyclones overcame the tournament-ending broken foot of Georges Niang, the zig-zagging engine of the team’s offense and one of the funkiest-to-guard players in the nation. They overcame wadding up the game plan just 36 hours before facing North Carolina.

The team, trailing the bigger and more athletic Tar Heels by eight points with less than 4 minutes to play, overcame it all. The game felt over, in so many ways.

Until, well, it wasn’t.

In the wake of what had been accomplished and the way it all reached the finish line, Hoiberg promptly put the dance in the Big Dance.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, asked Monday for his first thought when the coach went all swiveling-hips on the world, responded: “That his daughter Paige is going to crush him on Twitter for doing it.”

Hoiberg said on Jim Rome’s radio show: “My kids gave me a zero, I can tell you that. I’m giving myself a 10; I liked it. Here’s what I did: I actually got my phone, and I think I should get a little street cred for having Jay-Z on my iPhone, went out there and put on ‘Empire State of Mind,’ because we’re going to New York.”

Associate head coach Doc Sadler piled on, via Twitter: “The secret is out carol didn’t marry coach because he can dance.” Hoiberg’s son, Jack, jumped on, too: “My dad might have the worst dance moves of all time.”

Hoiberg responded: “@JackHoiberg you’re nuts dude, I’m money! #dancingwiththestars”

The give-and-take showed the unique delight associated with a victory earned under desperate circumstances, winning when the mountain suddenly soared and the climb became drastically more taxing.

It also offered the country a glimpse of a refreshingly real and relatable coach. The goofiness, at a time when the money and stress to deliver are higher than ever in major-college sports, make Hoiberg seem as rare as a Honus Wagner baseball card among his suit jacket-tossing peers.

If the dance routine seemingly carved out of a Pharrell Williams “Happy” video catches on, it might elbow for room with a few other off-beat things linked to the Cyclones’ postseason success.

One promise Tyler Uetz can make: He won’t be combing his hair Friday. The Iowa State fan has been going coif-be-darned for big games since former player Michael Nurse told reporters after an Elite Eight loss to Michigan State in 2000, “I didn’t even comb my hair today, because I knew it would be a dogfight.”