Iowa State Basketball: Are the Cyclones Final Four Contenders?
Who’s in your final four? The common question everyone gets asked after the bracket comes out, and while it is fun to predict upsets in the first few rounds everything builds to the three most important games of the season that will be held in Dallas this year.
The Big 12 has been arguably the best conference this season as it possesses both talent and depth. Some of the most talented playmakers in the country hail from the Big 12, including Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart and a slew of others. The Big 12 is also likely to get the most representatives of any conference into the dance as seven teams are currently projected to make the tournament field.
Although the Kansas Jayhawks are among the favorites to win the NCAA championship, it might just be another team from the conference that cuts down the nets in the NCAA tournament
The Iowa State Cyclones continued their impressive play of late defeating Kansas 94-83 in the Big 12 Semifinals. While DeAndre Kane recorded 20 points, six rebounds and six assists, Georges Niang scored 25 points and added seven assists. The Cyclones were able to keep Andrew Wiggins under control who only scored 22 points on 21 field goal attempts. The Cyclones suffered a lull in the middle of the season, but have bounced back since and are playing better than ever at the moment.
The win over Kansas is not the first statement victory for the Cyclones this season as the team already has 10 victories over the RPI top 50 and boasts a strength of schedule of 36. In addition to the Cyclones’ accolades, Iowa State features a bevy of players who can go off at any time. Four players average double digits for a team that is ranked sixth in the nation in scoring at 82.8 points per game.
Iowa State might not be one of your first choices to put down on the national championship line, but do not count the Cyclones out as they are a true dark horse that has the goods to win it all.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.