Nothing is sweeter than revenge, and it came in the form of a massacre for the Iowa State Cyclones Wednesday. After suffering the worst loss of the season to the West Virginia Mountaineers earlier this month, the Cyclones avenged the loss, as the team put on a show for the home crowd. The Cyclones are in rhythm once again and the cohesion could not have come at a better time as March approaches.
Iowa State demonstrated its depth and selflessness in the 83-66 victory over West Virginia. The Cyclones dished out 22 assists in the contest that saw the team rise to 22-5 overall, and it was not just the usual suspects that lifted the team to victory. While Naz Long had 15 points on five three-pointers, Dustin Hogue recorded 15 points and nine rebounds. With the win, the Cyclones ascend to second place in the Big 12 race and look even more menacing heading toward the tournament.
The Cyclones’ core is one of the best in the nation, and if the role players perform like they did Wednesday, Iowa State will make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. In order to win the tournament, a team must have a good field goal percentage, a playmaker that can take over the game, and a solid defense, so how does Iowa State stack up to other contenders?
The Cyclones rank 37th in the nation in field goal percentage and 6th in points per game. The team has multiple scorers who can light it up any given night in Melvin Ejim, Georges Niang and Deandre Kane. If Iowa State can play solid defense in the tournament, the Cyclones will still be around when it matters most.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.