2014 NCAA Tournament: 5 Reasons Iowa State Basketball Will Survive Sweet Sixteen

5 Reasons Iowa State Will Survive Sweet Sixteen

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The Iowa State Cyclones have made it to the Sweet Sixteen, but will have lost a bit of confidence along the way. One of their star players, Georges Niang, had surgery and will miss the rest of the tournament. However, the Cyclones are still capable of winning it all.

Here are five reasons why the Cyclones will survive the Sweet Sixteen.

5. Six Game Winning Streak

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5. Six Game Winning Streak

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Iowa State is on a six game winning streak. Iowa State’s end of the season surge is exactly what occurred when UConn went on to win the Big Dance behind Kemba Walker a few years ago.

4. They Won the Big 12 Tournament

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4. They Won the Big 12 Tournament

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I don’t care what your opinion is on any certain conference, but the Big 12 was the most talented all-around conference this season. Winning the Big 12 Tournament is no easy feat, and it shows the true talent of this team.

3. Rebounding

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3. Rebounding

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Iowa State is one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, and even without Niang, they pulled in 11 offensive rebounds.

2. Defense

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2. Defense

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Iowa State has one of the most underrated defenses in college basketball. They truly buy into the idea of team basketball.

1. DeAndre Kane

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1. DeAndre Kane

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Connecticut depends on Shabazz Napier. The only player in all of college basketball that could shut him down, next to Tennessee’s Josh Richardson, is DeAndre Kane. Not only is this team going to have to rely on Kane for points, but defense as well.

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