5 Reasons Why Iowa State Basketball Will Win 2014 NCAA Tournament

Iowa State: 5 Reasons Why They Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The 68-team field for the NCAA tournament was announced on Sunday night, and the Iowa State Cyclones earned a No. 3 seed in the East Region. The Cyclones will open up their tournament against North Carolina Central University, which was the winner of the MEAC Conference and will be entering its first ever NCAA tournament.

Here are five reasons why Iowa State will beat NCCU and go on the win the national championship.

5. Great Results Against Top Teams This Season

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5. Great Results Against Top Teams This Season

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Iowa State played 18 games against teams that are participating in the NCAA tournament this year and compiled a stunningly impressive 12-6 record. Also, the Cyclones picked up away wins against BYU and Oklahoma State and proved that they can not only play, but beat the best of the best.

4. Building Momentum From the Big 12 Championship

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4. Building Momentum From the Big 12 Championship

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Iowa State won the Big 12 Championship by beating Kansas State, Kansas and Baylor, who are all competing in the NCAA tournament. That they won these three games over three consecutive days is very impressive, and showed the world that they can beat teams who have more length at the center and forward positions. The Cyclones left the tournament in great form, a crucial factor as the NCAA tournament is often won by the hottest team, not the best.

3. Favorable Draw Early In the NCAA Tournament

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3. Favorable Draw Early In the NCAA Tournament

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In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Cyclones will face off with a NCCU team whose best win came in November against NC State. Suffice to say, a first-round victory should be easy, and the toughest opponents in the Cyclones' part of the bracket up until the Elite 8 are Villanova and UNC, which are fatally flawed. Iowa State certainly got one of the best draws in the NCAA tournament, and this will make preparing for the big dogs easier.

2. Veteran Core Group of Players

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2. Veteran Core Group of Players

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Iowa State has advanced to the Round of 32 each of the last two years, and guys like Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane, Dustin Hogue, Daniel Edozie and Tyler Ellerman were all around for these losses. This type of veteran experience will play the role of ensuring that Iowa State is never rattled by an opponent or late-round game, and will also provide motivation because this is the last hurrah for this core group.

1. Ability to Rebound and Shoot the Ball

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1. Ability to Rebound and Shoot the Ball

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Iowa State is defined by their ability to move the ball around, shoot efficiently and rebound both offensively and defensively. Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane, Dustin Hogue and Georges Niang play a big role in guiding this hardworking and selfless unit. The Cyclones will not be outworked by any team, and they will find a way to get points on the board against any team.

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