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Iowa State enters the NCAA tourney with a 3-recreation excessive after profitable Huge 12 tourney
Randy Peterson, rpeterson@dmreg.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Iowa State sent one other loud, clear, robust message at the Dash Middle on Saturday night time, its largest up to now throughout a season the place, fairly truthfully, its greatest may be but to return.

Cyclones seventy eight, Kansas 66, in the Massive 12 Convention Event championship recreation.

Growth.

Make room for an additional trophy, and this one just is perhaps probably the most impressive of them all.

“Once we’re collectively and enjoying like we did these video games, no one in the country can beat us,” tourney MVP Marial Shayok stated. “As soon as we’re right and we’re enjoying collectively, we will beat anyone.”

You in all probability thought Iowa State’s males’s basketball season was, for all practical functions, a misplaced trigger whereas it suffered via that late-season drought. You in all probability thought the Huge 12 event can be a one-and-carried out affair.

You have been incorrect.

Iowa State coach Steve Prohm holds his son Cass, 4, as he cuts the web after Iowa State defeated Kansas 78-sixty six in an NCAA school basketball recreation to win the Massive 12 males’s event Saturday, March sixteen, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel) (Photograph: Charlie Riedel, AP)

Steve Prohm’s gritty and determined guys proved doubters incorrect again.

The league event title is back in Ames for thee fourth time in six years.

First, Baylor. Then, Kansas State. And Saturday, it was Kansas, earlier than one of many loudest crowds to ever watch a Huge 12 title recreation.

“We now have a gifted group,” Prohm stated, whereas looking for his household on a basketball flooring of celebrating Iowa State gamers, coaches and households. “We had some ups and downs during season and type of fell off the radar. Hopefully, we obtained back on the radar slightly bit.”

The Cyclones enter NCAA Selection Sunday with 23 wins, and three spectacular victories in a row. In the event that they play like they did during this event, can anyone say Sweet 16? After Thursday’s quarterfinal recreation, Baylor coach Scott Drew even used the phrases “Cyclones” and “Remaining Four” in the same sentence.

“Iowa State is the most effective offensive workforce in our league,” Kansas coach Invoice Self stated afterwards. “They will go deep (in the NCAAs).”

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Iowa State controlled this one from the tip, outplaying the third-seeded Jayhawks on both ends of the floor not only with enthusiastic hustle, but also solid play. The Cyclones led 32-22 at the break, after a first 20 minutes that included guards Nick Weiler-Babb and Lindell Wiginton combining for nine rebounds.

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Kansas’ Dedric Lawson, on fire recently from 3-point range, didn’t even get one off in the first half. That’s how well Iowa State played on the defensive end.

“We did a great job defensively, for the most part,” Prohm said….