January 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM #53147
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The Iowa State Cyclones grabbed a huge win over Kansas State this past weekend. They’ll be in the NCAA tournament. Now, how can they go all the way this March and April?
1 – Fred Hoiberg
Legal betting sites are going to be taking a lot of action on college basketball once the Super Bowl ends. If bettors value Iowa State, they’re going to look to the head coach as a primary reason. Hoiberg has substantially improved the Iowa State program since taking over a few years ago. His work in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves has enabled him to tell recruits that he will mold them into NBA players and that he has the ability to both identify and develop the skill sets that will give players the tools they need to become solid professionals.
When you go deeper and examine Hoiberg in a fuller context, the style he brings to college basketball is one that’s suited for the sport. You have to have a good three-point shooting team to win in NCAA basketball, and Iowa State has that. The Cyclones place emphasis on spreading the court and getting good looks for their shooters. They don’t take a lot of long two-point shots, which is part of a high basketball IQ. They are very tough to defend and will be a really difficult matchup for any team that gets in their way in the NCAAs.
2 – The Laws Of Averages
Online Superbowl betting is, like various other forms of betting, an attempt to determine what the likely result of a competition is going to be. For Iowa State, the likely outcome in March is uncertain, but this much should be said: The Cyclones are owed one by the laws of odds and percentages. A bad block-charge call prevented Iowa State from beating second-seeded Ohio State in the round of 32 in last year’s NCAA tournament. If the Cyclones can simply avoid a bad break, they have a great shot to make the Sweet 16 and then contend for the Final Four. If they can make the Final Four, they’re good enough to win it, too.
3 – Georges Niang
Niang gives Iowa State the versatility that is precisely what makes this team tough to handle at the offensive end of the floor. Niang gives opposing defenses various threats and problems to contend with. Niang owns an above-average jump shot, which will force a lot of big men who guard him out of the paint. This will, in turn, and lead to good floor spacing for Iowa State’s offense. Niang can perform at a highly competent level at many spots on the floor, and he has a blended, layered kind of offensive playing style which enables Iowa State to be diverse. The well-rounded nature of Niang’s toolbox is exactly what can make him an effective player at the NBA level. It should be pointed out that Niang averages almost a handful assists per game. He has a thick, powerful build, so it’s not as though he can’t hold his own in the paint at 245 pounds, but he’s a clever passer, a player who offers a change of pace for any opposing defense.
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