Notre Dame Basketball Opponent Preview: Iowa State Cyclones

Mar 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Chris Babb (2) talks with teammate Korie Lucious (13) against the Kansas Jayhawks 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

Iowa State finished the regular season and conference tournament with a total record of 22-11. The Cyclones averaged 79.6 points per game while allowing 71.2 points per game. Iowa State was ranked as the 45th best team in the RPI.

The Cyclones won 1 game against the RPI Top 25. This was a73-67 win over the Kansas State Wildcats. Iowa State played the 67th best schedule in the country.

Iowa State scores the 4th most points in the NCAA at 79.6 points per game. The Cyclones attempt and make the most 3-point field goals in the country. Their .370% shooting percentage ranks 53rd. The Cyclones have the 527 assists, which is the 13th best in the country. It is clear that Iowa State is a solid Offensive team.

However, the Cyclones give up a lot of points to their opponents. Iowa State gives up 71.2 points per game. This total is the 281st best total in the nation. Opponents shoot .427% against the Cyclones.

Iowa State has four players who average in double figures. Will Clyburn is the leading scorer for the Cyclones. He averages 15.0 points per game. Additionally, he grabs 7.1 rebounds and dishes out 2.1 assists. Three other Cyclones are McGee (13.2), Niang (12.0) and Ejim (11.2).

Slowing the Cyclones down on the Offensive end is the key to defeating them. However, Notre Dame is going to need to score with Iowa State as well. In the 11 losses for the Cyclones, they scored 70, 70, 71, 89 (OT), 51, 76, 70, 86 (OT), 96 (OT), 69, 73. Notre Dame will probably need to score more than 70 points to win this game.

Topics: Basketball, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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