By Wendell Barnhouse | firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't call it a formula or a system. Just say this: In three seasons as Iowa State's coach, Fred Hoiberg has mixed transfers with returning players to create teams that have reached the NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons. With three starters to replace, Hoiberg will count on Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane to take over at point guard. Forwards Georges Niang and Melvin Ejim (who is out four to six weeks with a sprained knee) are the returning starters; they're perhaps the most versatile and hard-working front-court duo in the Big 12.
Coach: Fred Hoiberg, 62-39 in three seasons.
Last season: 23-12 overall, 11-7 in Big 12, tied 4th.
NCAA Tournament: Lost in NCAA Tournament third round.
Senior forward Melvin Ejim, sophomore forward Georges Niang, senior guard DeAndre Kane, freshman guard Matt Thomas, freshman guard Monte Morris, junior forward Dustin Hogue, sophomore guard Naz Long.
Coach Hoiberg says
"I'm still trying to figure out what exactly we are as a group. What will our identity be? But I like what I've seen. I think our guys feel a little bit of respect with being picked in the top half of our league. Will we live up to that? I don't know yet. Hopefully we'll continue to evolve and come together. We've been getting better every week, and hopefully we'll continue on that trend."
Iowa State averaged 79.4 points per game to lead the Big 12 and finish No. 3 nationally. … Iowa State set a Big 12 and school record with 346 3-pointers last season. The Cyclones set the record of 293 two years ago. Iowa State became the first Big 12 school to lead the nation in 3-pointers. … The Cyclones recorded back-to-back 10-win campaigns in conference play for just the second time in school history. The first time was in 2000 and 2001. … Iowa State is 32-3 overall at home over the past two years. … As a freshman last season, forward Georges Niang ranked fifth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.515).
Nov. 10 vs. UNC-Wilmington
Top nonconference games
Nov. 17: vs. Michigan
Nov. 20: at BYU.
Dec. 2: vs. Auburn (Big 12-SEC challenge)
Dec. 13: Iowa
Jan. 4 at Texas Tech