Iowa State Men’s Basketball: Cyclones Awarded 10th Seed in West Region, Will Meet Notre Dame

Mar 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Georges Niang (31) drives to the basket against Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) in the second half during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Kansas defeated Iowa State 88-73. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa State men’s basketball team will be competing in the West region of the NCAA Tournament. They were awarded the 10th seed and will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who received the 7th seed. Game will take place in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday with a time yet to be determined.

Here’s the breakdown of all the seeds in the region:

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes
  3. New Mexico Lobos
  4. Kansas State Wildcats
  5. Wisconsin Badgers
  6. Arizona Wildcats
  7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  8. Pittsburgh Panthers
  9. Wichita State Shockers
  10. Iowa State Cyclones
  11. Belmont Bruins
  12. Ole Miss Rebels
  13. Boise State/La Salle
  14. Harvard Crimson
  15. Iona Gaels
  16. Southern Jaguars

On instant reaction, the draw is actually not bad at all for Iowa State. Big East teams are not a good matchup overall against the Big 12, especially a team that can shoot like the Cyclones. The Irish are one of the better Big East teams that make and defend the 3-point shot, but the rebounding matchups favor ISU considerably.

Down the road, the toughest teams ISU could face if they are able to advance are both Kansas State and Wisconsin. The Wildcats have the familiarity and completely outplayed them away from Hilton Coliseum, and the Badgers are one of the best teams in the nation at defending the perimeter.

Topics: Basketball, Iowa State Cyclones, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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