The Iowa State Cyclones are finally meeting expectations, which is why the team could string together a Final Four run in March.
The Cyclones have defeated some of the best teams in the Big 12, and now the Cyclones know how to win on the road, which is something the team has struggled with in the past. The Cyclones handled the Texas Longhorns Saturday on the road, which is just another one of the team’s solid road wins.
The Cyclones are not known for their defense and the team struggles to rebound at times, but the Cyclones’ offense is something special. Coach Fred Hoiberg has tweaked his starting lineup all season, and now he has found the perfect lineup. The team has eight players that could be in almost every starting lineup in the country, but each player has bought into Hoiberg’s program.
The emergence of transfer Jameel McKay has been a key to the team’s success. He adds unbelievable athleticism on both ends of the floor, and whenever a shot goes up, McKay is there almost every time to contest the shot. McKay is a great rebounder and shot blocker, which is something that the Cyclones have lacked in the past.
The Cyclones have an opportunity to win the Big 12 title this season, but the team should be focused on a bigger prize. The Cyclones are not thought of as an NCAA championship contender, but the team has every right to be in the conversation. The Cyclones have one of the best offenses in the country, and the team has many players back from last year’s NCAA tournament team.
This Cyclones are finally playing together as a team and Hoiberg can coach this team deep into the tournament. No one wants to play the Cyclones in March because they can catch fire in any game. The team will probably end up with a No. 3 seed in the tournament, but a No. 2 seed is not out of the question.
Beware of the Cyclones.