Iowa State was one of the best shooting teams in the NCAA for the 2012-2013 season. The team, which ranks fourth in the league with 79.6 points per game, has a chance to pull the No. 10 vs. No. 7 upset on Friday. The Cyclones take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a matchup that could be high scoring.
I believe Iowa State will hit the court running in an attempt to beat Notre Dame. Notre Dame averages only 70.4 points per game, which ranks it 101st in the NCAA. In this second round matchup of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the Cyclones have the advantage on points per game and three point shots.
Iowa State shoots an amazing amount of three point shots during its games. The Cyclones attempted 878 three point shots during the season. This ranks Iowa State first in the NCAA with an amazing 27 attempts per contest. Notre Dame on the other hand shot 600 three point shots during their season.
The Cyclones convert on 37% of their long distance shots and 46% of all their field goals. The team tends to run on teams and uses a strong rotation of seven to eight players during games. Six players on Iowa State average nine points or more in games this season.
Iowa State scored 70 points in all but three of their games. The Cyclones scored 75 points in 12 non conference and 10 conference games. Notre Dame on the other hand struggled to hit the 75 point mark. The Fighting Irish did hit the number against nine non-conference opponents. In the Big East, Notre Dame only scored 75 points three times. Two of those games were against last place Depaul, while the other was in a five overtime thriller against Louisville.
Clearly, Iowa State can pull off the upset if they can make their shots. Look for the Cyclones to run and make the game a race to 75 points.