By Travis Morgan
Ames, IA - Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg has turned the Cyclones into a high-octane, high-scoring machine in his three seasons in Ames. "The Mayor", who lost four of his top six scorers due to graduation, will attempt to repeat in 2013-14 what he orchestrated last season despite the turnover.
The Cyclones led the Big 12 and ranked third nationally in scoring averaging 79.4 points per game in 2012-13.
The fast-paced gameplan instituted by Hoiberg paid off as the Cyclones went 23-12 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.
Iowa State posted a pair of top-15 wins against Kansas State and Oklahoma State and finished the season 16-1 at home with only an overtime loss to No. 6 Kansas as a blemish on its resume. In the last two seasons, Iowa State is 32-3 (.914) at Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones are picked to finish 4th in the Big 12 behind Kansas, Oklahoma State, and Baylor. But ISU guard DeAndre Kane predicts the Cyclones will finish first.