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Iowa State’s 5 Most Important Players in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

2014 NCAA Tournament: Iowa State’s 5 Most Important Players

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The Iowa State Cyclones started the season on fire, winning their first 14 games in a row. They ended the season 26-7 and won the Big 12 Tournament. The great season earned the Cyclones a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. What will it take for Iowa State to make a deep run in the tournament? It will take these five players stepping up their game. These are the five most important players on the Cyclones.

5. Monte Morris

Monte Morris
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5. Monte Morris

Monte Morris
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Monte Morris is only a freshman, but he is a starter for the Cyclones. Morris doesn’t have to be the star or try to take the game over. What he does have to do is play with composure and not turn the ball over.

4. Dustin Hogue

Dustin Hogue
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Dustin Hogue

4. Dustin Hogue
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Dustin Hogue averaged 10.7 points per game and 8.6 rebounds. He scored 12 or more points in five of his last seven games, and if he can continue that trend, he can help Iowa State make a deep run in March.

3. Georges Niang

Georges Niang
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3. Georges Niang

Georges Niang
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Georges Niang had ten 20-point games this season, and Iowa State was 9-1 in those games. With a winning percentage that high, Iowa State will be hoping that Niang has a couple more 20-point games left in him.

2. De'Andre Kane

De'Andre Kane
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2. De'Andre Kane

De'Andre Kane
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DeAndre Kane is going into the tournament playing his best basketball of the year. He has scored 17 points or more in nine of the last ten games. It is not just his scoring, however, as he also averaged seven rebounds and 5.5 assists per game during that same ten-game stretch.

1. Melvin Ejim

Melvin Ejim
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1. Melvin Ejim

Melvin Ejim
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Melvin Ejim is the Cyclones’ leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, and he is second on the team in rebounding. His importance is not just on the court, however. He is also the team’s emotional leader, making him the most important player to the success of the Cyclones.