Iowa State Stop Skid, Look to Finish Season Strong

By Greg Douglas

The Iowa State Cyclones are still in a slump, but expect that to change down the stretch heading toward the tournament. The Cyclones opened the season winning 14 games in a row, but had lost four of the team’s last five games coming into today. With a win against the Oklahoma Sooners, the Cyclones are once again trending in the right direction and will look to build up momentum down the stretch. The Cyclones’ schedule opens up the rest of the way, but can the team capitalize and shine in the spotlight?

The Cyclones avenged an earlier loss to the Sooners when Iowa State won 81-75 on Saturday. The team’s leader, Melvin Ejim delivered in a must win game for the Cyclones when he recorded 22 points and 16 rebounds. Georges Niang also contributed in the win with 27 points. Iowa State pulled away late in the second half, but a tough fought win should do wonders for the team’s confidence going forward.

When Iowa State is on its game, the Cyclones are a dark horse championship contender and have the ability to outshoot any team in the country. The Cyclones are lethal from behind the arc and are in the top ten in points per game. The team’s experience and shooting ability make the Cyclones dangerous.

Iowa State might be in a slump at the moment, but a schedule full of mediocre competition down the stretch should have the Cyclones in top form heading into the conference tournament at the end of the season. Get a seat on the Cyclones’ bandwagon now because it will be full heading into the NCAA tournament.

Greg Douglas is a NCAA Basketball writer for Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.

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