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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 7 Connecticut

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The Iowa State Cyclones were without one of their best players in Georges Niang against the North Carolina Tar Heels, but they still managed to pull off the victory. In no way was it easy. The Cyclones only won by two points.

Connecticut will take on Iowa State in the Sweet 16. The Huskies upset No. 2 seed Villanova last game. As usual, leading scorer Shabazz Napier came up big. He dropped 25 points against the Wildcats.

It will be interesting to see if Napier and Co. can keep up with the high-scoring Cyclones.

What to Watch For

Napier on Connecticut’s side and DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim on Iowa State’s side. All three of these players are very talented and could be considered some of the best in college basketball.

Napier is averaging 17.8 points per game on the season. Ejim and Kane are both putting up 16+ points per game.

The Cyclones’ offense is one of the best in the country. It is averaging 89 points per game in the dance. However, Napier has been clutch all season long and he seems to always have his team in games.

Prediction 

The matchups start to get even better once the Sweet 16 takes place. Connecticut and Iowa State were both top 25 teams this year. The Huskies are the lower seed at No. 7, but seeds don’t mean much once teams get to this stage of the tournament. Plus, Connecticut really isn’t too far behind the Cyclones. Napier will probably go off like he always does, but I just don’t think the Huskies have enough in the tank to keep up with Iowa State’s offense.

Iowa State 78 Connecticut 70

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