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Iowa State basketball’s impressive season
Iowa State basketball’s impressive season continues as the team reaches the Sweet 16 after upsetting UConn. With a strong performance from star playerGeorges Niang, the Cyclones were able to overcome a powerful Huskies team. This upset win cements Iowa State’s place as a top team in the NCAA tournament and they will look to continue their run in the Sweet 16.
The Cyclones’ road to the Sweet 16
The Iowa State Cyclones men’s basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 after a Big Win over the University of Connecticut Huskies. The Cyclones, who are the No. 4 seed in the West Region, will take on the No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Sweet 16.
The Cyclones have been on a roll lately, winning 12 of their last 13 games. They started the tournament with a victory over the No. 13 seed UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, and then they upset the No. 5 seed Uconn Huskies in the Round of 32.
This will be Iowa State’s first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2000, when they lost to the eventual National Champion Michigan State Spartans The Cyclones will look to make some noise in this year’s tournament and advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1997.
Beating Connecticut to reach the Sweet 16
Iowa State was down by as many as 12 points in the second half, but they rallied to take the lead in the final minutes. UConn had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but their shot bounced off the rim and Iowa State held on for the victory.
This is a huge win for Iowa State who were not even supposed to be in the NCAA tournament They had to win their conference tournament just to get into March Madness and now they are one of the last 16 teams standing. The Cyclones will next take on Virginia in the Sweet 16.
What’s next for Iowa State basketball?
After an impressive victory over UConn, the Iowa State Basketball team finds itself in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000. The Cyclones will next face off against Kentucky, a team that is no stranger to success in the NCAA tournament
Iowa State has been led by senior guard Monte Morris, who has averaged nearly 18 points per game during the tournament. Morris will need to continue his strong play if the Cyclones hope to advance to the Elite Eight.
The Cyclones’ Sweet 16 matchup
The Iowa State Cyclones basketball team has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament after an upset win over the University of Connecticut Huskies. The Cyclones will now face the University of Virginia Cavaliers in a matchup that will take place on Friday, March 22.
This is the first time that the Cyclones have made it to the Sweet 16 since 2000, when they also defeated UConn en route to a regional final appearance. That year, Iowa State ultimately lost to the Michigan State Spartans in a close game
The Cyclones are led by senior guard Monte Morris, who is averaging 16.4 points per game and 6.2 assists per game this season. Morris will likely be matched up against Virginia’s London Perrantes, who is averaging 12.5 points per game and 4.4 assists per game
The keys to Iowa State’s success
After a strong regular season in which they went 23-11 and earned a share of the Big 12 conference title the Iowa State Cyclones entered the NCAA Tournament as a #3 seed. They were matched up against #14 UConn in the first round, and many expected the Huskies to pull off the upset. But Iowa State prevailed, winning 77-64.
So what were the keys to their success? First and foremost, they limited UConn star Shabazz Napier to just 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting. They also did a great job of taking care of the ball, committing just 8 turnovers while forcing 16 from UConn. And they shot well from three-point range making 10 of 23 attempts.
If Iowa State can continue to play at this high level, they will be a tough out for any team in the Sweet 16.
What the Cyclones need to do to win
Iowa State has advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000, and just the third time in school history. The Cyclones will take on Connecticut on Friday in Madison Square Garden Here’s what they’ll need to do to win.
The Cyclones are coming off an impressive win against UNC, in which they showed poise and resilience in the face of adversity. They’ll need to bring that same Mental Toughness against a very good UConn team.
First, they’ll need to contain UConn’s Shabazz Napier, who is one of the best players in the country. Napier is averaging over 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game He’s a do-it-all type of player who can take over a game at any moment. The Cyclones will need to limit his touches and make sure he doesn’t get too many easy baskets.
Second, Iowa State will need to hit their shots. They’re a very good shooting team, but they can be streaky at times. Against UConn’s tough defense, they’ll need to be at their best. They can’t afford to go cold for long stretches like they did against UNC.
Finally, Iowa State will need to control the glass. UConn is a very good rebounding team, so the Cyclones will need to keep them off the offensive glass and limit their second-chance points.
If Iowa State can do all of those things, they have a great chance to win and advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history
The X-factors in the Sweet 16 matchup
As the Iowa State Cyclones celebrate their win over UConn to reach the Sweet 16, fans are looking ahead to the next matchup against Kentucky. The Wildcats are a strong team, but there are a few reasons to believe that the Cyclones can pull off the upset.
First of all, Iowa State has been playing great basketball lately. They have won nine out of their last ten games, with the only loss coming in a close game against Kansas. Their offense has been especially hot, averaging 82 Points per game during that stretch.
Secondly, the Wildcats will be without one of their best players, forward P.J. Washington, who is dealing with a foot injury. Washington is Kentucky’s leading scorer and rebounder and his absence will be felt on both ends of the court.
Lastly, Iowa State has already beaten Kentucky once this season, back in November. That victory gives the Cyclones both confidence and experience playing against this opponent.
The Sweet 16 is always a tough challenge, but if these three factors go Iowa State’s way, they have a good chance of advancing to the Elite Eight.
Iowa State’s chances of reaching the Elite Eight
Iowa State’s chances of reaching the Elite Eight increased significantly after their victory over UConn in the Sweet 16. The Cyclones will face North Carolina in the next round, a team that they have already beaten this season. If they can win that game, they will most likely face Kentucky or Louisville, both of which would be tough opponents. However, Iowa State has proved they are capable of beating any team in the country, and they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the Elite Eight.
The Cyclones’ path to the Final Four
The Cyclones’ path to the Final Four began with a victory over UConn in the Sweet 16. The game was Iowa State’s first win over a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and it came as a result of some stellar shooting from behind the arc. The Cyclones made 12 three-pointers in the game, including seven in the second half, to pull away from the Huskies and advance to the Elite Eight.
In the Elite Eight, Iowa State faced off against No. 2 seed Virginia. The Cavaliers had knocked off No. 1 seed UNC in the previous round, and were heavy favorites against Iowa State However, the Cyclones were undeterred, and used another barrage of three-pointers to upset Virginia and earn a spot in the Final Four.
It was there that Iowa State’s run came to an end, as they were defeated by eventual national champion Kentucky. Despite the loss, it was an incredible run for the Cyclones, who proved that they could compete with anyone in the country.