Could the Iowa State Cyclones Be Biggest 2014 NCAA Tournament Sleeper?

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The Iowa State Cyclones took on the worst team in the Big 12, the TCU Horned Frogs, as heavy expected favorites and didn’t disappoint. The Cyclones were led by DeAndre Kane, who had 20 points, Georges Niang, who had 19 points, and Melvin Ejim, who had 14 points, en route to a 71 – 60 victory. Now at 21 – 5, Iowa State might be one of the most dangerous teams in the country.

When you look at the Big 12, the teams that stand out are teams like the Kansas Jayhawks with Andrew Wiggins and the Oklahoma State Cowboys with Marcus Smart. Most of the other Big 12 teams, although talented, don’t get a lot of attention from the national media more than just to say they won or lost a game. One of these underrated teams is the Cyclones, and that makes them more dangerous than ever.

Iowa State went undefeated in non-conference play with impressive wins against the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan Wolverines. Now sitting at third in the Big 12, they’ve stumbled a few times in conference play. However, all of these losses have come on the road, except one to Kansas, the current first place team in the Big 12. Iowa State has somehow quietly improved to one of the most impressive records in the country in one of the most difficult conferences.

The Cyclones aren’t the best team in college basketball; they aren’t even the best team in the Big 12. However, they get better game after game and, with the talent on their roster, could easily make a deep run in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. This is not a team that you want your favorite team to be matched up against early, because the Cyclones are ready to make a splash in March.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.