Monday, February 25, 2013
How Iowa State is sustaining success
By Luke Lapinski
After missing out on the NCAA Tournament for six consecutive seasons, Iowa State broke through in a big way in 2012. Not only did the Cyclones make the Field of 68, they ousted the defending champs (Connecticut) before falling to the eventual new champs (Kentucky). And they're well on their way to another appearance in 2013.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi has ISU slotted in as a potential No. 10 seed heading into tonight's showdown with Kansas. Obviously, a matchup with the Jayhawks provides ample opportunity to move up -- or down -- in the rankings.
Regardless of what happens tonight though, the very fact that so much is on the line now is indicative of the job that Fred Hoiberg has done in less than three seasons on the bench in Ames. Fran Fraschilla took a look at why the relatively new coach has been so effective, noting that his NBA experience has come in quite handy at the college level. The team has taken on Hoiberg's personality in many ways as well, making a living by being dangerous beyond the arc. And the Cyclones' revival has been built on the impressive play of transfers like Will Clyburn, Chris Babb, Korie Lucious and, of course, Royce White last season. Not every program can thrive on that plan, but Hoiberg gets the most out of college players looking for a second chance. Not only do they produce for him, but their success is the perfect recruiting pitch to get similar players in the future.