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Iowa State’s NCAA resume needs a boost
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 25, 2013 @ 9:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Patrick Stevens, Special for USA TODAY Sports
Days until Selection Sunday: 20
Monday’s slate is sparse, with only four games involving projected NCAA tournament teams.
One, though, presents a massive opportunity for Iowa State.
Under former Cyclones star Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State reached the NCAA tournament last year and remains in contention this year. Alas, the man dubbed the Mayor has not done much to extend his rule beyond the city limits of Ames.
Iowa State can’t solve its road-court shortcomings (3-7) on Monday, but it can collect its biggest victory of the season when Kansas pays a visit to Hilton Coliseum. A triumph would even the Cyclones’ record against top-100 teams (6-6) and give them wins in back-to-back seasons against the Jayhawks for the first time in eight years.
Oh, and it would provide Iowa State a much-needed cushion entering the final three weeks of the season.
The Cyclones could still play their way out of the field of 68 even if they beat Kansas, but it would take a much more substantial collapse than would otherwise be the case. That gives them as much to gain as anyone in Monday’s action.
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