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Iowa State Cyclones – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2016

Iowa State Cyclones – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2016

No. 4 – Midwest Iowa State Cyclones (Overall: 21-10, Conf: 10-8)

Team Strengths:


The Cyclones may have lost two of their key players last season in Bryce Dejean-Jones and Dustin Hogue not to mention head coach Fred Hoiberg, but the highly efficient offense they had last year didn’t left the team.

In fact, the Cyclones have become better, as they rank 13th on the season with 82.0 points per game. Iowa State is shooting a mind-bending 50.3 percent from the floor, 56.9% on two-pointers, and 37.9% from beyond the arc. In addition, KenPom has Iowa State second overall in adjusted offensive efficiency with 121.1 points per 100 possessions.

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Team Weaknesses:

Iowa State looks like a team that sold its defense to the devil in exchange for a soul-crushing offense. The Cyclones are allowing opponents to score 74.8 points per game on 43.5% shooting. The Cyclones’ rim protection is probably the ugliest part of their defense, as opposing teams knock down 68.6% of their shots at the rim—seventh highest in all of Division I ball.

Team Stats:

Category Stat NCAA Rank
Points Per Game 82.0 13
Rebounds Per Game 36.0 159
Blocks Per Game 4.2 76
3-Point Percentage 37.9% 43
Free Throw Percentage 70.8% 137

Starting Lineup:

Position Name PPG
F Georges Niang 19.4
F Jameel McKay 11.8
G Abdel Nader 13.2
G Monte Morris 14.2
G Matt Thomas 10.6

Writer’s Prediction:

Iowa State gets bounced out in the Round of 32.




Written by Rex

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