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2016 Schedule
22-11, 2nd in MAAC
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Morris and Iowa State race past Iona 94-81

Monte Morris showed no lingering effects of his right shoulder injury, scoring 20 points and dishing out eight assists in Iowa State's 94-81 win over Iona in the first round of the NCAA Tournamen

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Iowa State has one of the best first-shot offense in this field. The Cyclones don't hit the offensive glass, but Steve Prohm's team can shoot with the best of them. Ask Iona, which is going home after allowing Georges Niang and ISU to ring up 94 points in a fast-paced 78-possession game.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Was always going to be tough for Iona to keep up with Iowa State. Similar system, just on a lesser level - and they don't have Georges Niang. "Styles make fights."

AP

Iowa State cruises to second round

The No. 4 seed Cyclones took care of 13-seed Iona 94-81 after shooting 45.5% from beyond the arc (10-of-22) with all five starters scoring in double figures. Box score

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Vegas couldn't set Iona-Iowa State total high enough, but game (94-81 Iowa State win) goes over anyway. Iowa State covers the 6.5-point spread.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Iona's Jordan Washington was rolling on the floor and holding his eye before the timeout. Seems OK now.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa State's Jameel McKay blocked Iona's Jordan Washington twice on the same possession. The two are former teammates from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. They were joking with one another after they both drew technical fouls for trash talking. They weren't laughing after McKay's blocks.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Jameel McKay and Jordan Washington, two friends, just picked up a double tech for arguing when Washington was at the free throw line. McKay kept saying, "You know, bro, you know, you know."

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Impressive first half for Iowa State

The Cyclones hit seven of their 13 3-point shots in the first half to lead by a dozen. Iona's A.J. English had 14 points to lead all players. Follow live

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

In the Big 12 tournament, Monte Morris was impacted by a shoulder injury that limited him in practice before the trip to Kansas City. Yesterday, he said he felt great and Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said he wants Morris to think that way even if the shoulder is still bothering him. But Morris looks like a different player compared to last week. Perhaps the shoulder isn't bothering him as much.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa State has scored seven points in the last five minutes and given up 10 in the same stretch. Iona is a good team but its offensive inefficiency is obvious. But Iowa State's defensive lapses have become more of an issue in the last five minutes.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

"Playing fast" doesn't mean you're playing pretty. Yesterday, Iona's A.J. English said bad shots are actually good shots in his team's offense. But the Gaels are just taking bad shots right now against this pressure.

Cyclones come out red hot vs. Iona

Iowa State has hit five of its first eight 3-pointers and is well on its way to hitting its season average of 81.8 PPG (4th-most among NCAA tournament teams). Follow live

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Iona-Iowa State closed with the highest total of any first-round game (166) at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. It's already 16-7 with four minutes gone in the game.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Great defensive start for Iowa State. Matt Thomas has shadowed A.J. English but the Cyclones keep switching on the ball screens so English never has room to breathe. The deep 3 he took with Thomas in his face was the result of his frustration with this defensive pressure. Good offensive looks for Iowa State on the other end.

Stats & Info

First Round: Iona (13) vs. Iowa State (4)

Iona enters on an eight-game win streak and has won 11 of its past 12. It will have its hands full versus the Cyclones, who shoot 50.2 percent from the field -- second-best in the nation. Preview

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa State warming up for this matchup. Don't blink. Two of the fastest teams in the country in this one.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Get ready for a track meet in Denver when Iona (13) and Iowa State (4) meet in the first round. Iona averages 72.2 possessions per game. The Gaels were the fastest team in the MAAC. Iowa State (72.5) was the fastest Big 12 team this year. Neither squad loves defense so this pace favors the more efficient and balanced offense: Iowa State. But A.J English could take over for Iona.

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Who is the player to watch on Thursday?

Eamonn Brennan points to Iowa State's Georges Niang, who chose to return to school after last year's first-round loss to UAB. This is the senior forward's last opportunity to make a deep tourney run, and the Cyclones' opponent this time around (Iona) is arguably even tougher. Daily Word

ESPN Stats & Info

Thursday's No. 12 and 13 seeds' chances

BPI favors Yale and Arkansas-Little Rock among No. 12 and 13 seeds in action on Thursday. All three No. 13 seeds are given a nine percent chance to win.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Monte Morris says he occasionally listens to Justin Bieber tracks before games to get ready. Georges Niang says he can't get focused unless he hears DMX's "Where Da Hood At?"

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

"I don't think last year is something we can run from. I think the biggest thing we remember is the pain from last year." - Iowa State star Georges Niang on last season's upset loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Team Stats

Points Per Game81.0
Rebounds Per Game37.0
Assists Per Game12.0
Points Allowed94.0Tied-139th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record1-11
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances11