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ISU Meets North Carolina Central In First Round

Release: 03/18/2014
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AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (26-7, 11-7) will face North Carolina Central (28-5, 15-1 MEAC) Friday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will tip at approximately 8:50 p.m. (CT) with TNT televising the Cyclones' 16th NCAA Tournament appearance.

Where: San Antonio, Texas - AT&T Center (17,731)
When: March 21, approx. 8:50 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Marv Albert (PxP), Steve Kerr (Color); Craig Sager (Reporter)
Webcast: March Madness Live
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at
Live Blog: Due to NCAA rules no live blog will be available. Thanks for participating all season.

Cyclone Notebook
- ISU (26-7) is a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning its second Big 12 Championship title. The Cyclones will face 14th-seeded North Carolina Central (28-5) in the first round. The Cyclones are making their 16th NCAA Tournament appearance and third-straight under Fred Hoiberg. It is just the second time in school history that ISU has made three tournaments in a row (95-97).
- ISU’s No. 9 ranking in the Associated Press poll is its highest since March 9, 2001.
- Hoiberg has 88 career wins, which makes him the winningest coach in the first four seasons at ISU (Larry Eustachy, 84).
- ISU is one of just four schools nationally with three players averaging at least 16 ppg (VMI, Delaware, Grand Canyon). The Cyclones have had five different players tally 20+ points in a game this season.
- Melvin Ejim has been named the Big 12 Player of the Year and a second-team All-American by the USBWA. He is the first Cyclone to earn the award since Jamaal Tinsley (2001). He is leading the conference averaging 18.1 points, up 6.8 ppg from last season. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). Ejim is the only player in a power conference averaging at least 18 pts, eight rebounds while also shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 34 percent behind the arc.
- Ejim is a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American, joining Fred Hoiberg as the only first-team members in school history. No first-team pick has led the Big 12 in scoring. Ejim is the fourth player in Big 12 history to score 1,500 points and grab 1,000 career rebounds.
- Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player DeAndre Kane has scored 20+ points in five of the last eight games. Kane is shooting a career-best 39.8 percent behind the arc (previous: 31.8, 2010-11). He has more than 2,000 career points, 700 rebounds and 600 assists.
- Freshman Monté Morris has started the last 14 games and is currently on pace to break the NCAA record with a 5.39 assist-turnover ratio. In conference play, his a/to ratio was 6.9. Morris set an ISU freshman record with 12 assists (no turnovers) in ISU’s win against West Virginia.
- Georges Niang has scored 17 or more points in 13 of the 17 games since Jan. 18. Niang, a third-team All-Big 12 pick, is the only post player to rank in the top-10 of the Big 12 in assists per game (3.6).
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 and is sixth nationally in scoring (82.9). The Cyclones share and protect the ball as well as anyone in the country, dishing out 18.5 assists (1st in nation) and posting a 1.76 assist/turnover ratio (2nd in nation, 1st in Big 12).

Iowa State Big 12 Championship Recap
- Iowa State earned wins against Kansas State, Kansas and Baylor (all NCAA Tournament qualifiers) to win its second Big 12 Tournament title (2000).
- DeAndre Kane was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang also landed spots on the all-tournament team.
- Kane averaged 16 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Cyclones’ three wins, including a 17-point, seven rebound and seven assist performance in the finals against Baylor. Niang led all Cyclones with 18.7 points, which included 25 points in the semifinals against Kansas. Ejim was ISU’s leading scorer in the K-State game when he scored 24 points. Ejim averaged 17.7 points and eight boards in the three wins.
- ISU’s 91 points against K-State and 94 points against Kansas were the most points allowed by those teams this season. The Cyclones scored 74 points against Baylor despite starting 0-of-13 from the field. ISU shot 68.6 percent the rest of the game.
- The Cyclones shot 51.9 percent from behind the arc in the three games, connecting on 27-of-52 threes. Naz Long hit 7-of-10, Kane 7-of-11 and Ejim 6-of-12.
- Monté Morris, the nation’s leader in assist-to-turnover ratio had 14 assists and three turnovers in his first Big 12 Tournament.
- With Kane being named Tournament MOP, ISU swept the Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player awards from the Big 12. This is just the third time in conference history this has happened (Kansas, 1997 & 1998 - Raef LaFrentz (POY) and Paul Pierce (Tourney MVP).

Iowa State NCAA Tournament History
- Iowa State earned its 16th NCAA Tournament berth in school history with a No. 3 seed in the East Region.
- Iowa State is 14-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
- Iowa State is a No. 3 seed for the first time in school history.
- Iowa State has made three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2012, 2013 & 2014) for the second time in school history (1994-97). ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg was on the 1994-95 team.
- The farthest the Cyclones have advanced in the NCAA Tournament is the Final Four in 1944.
- ISU, which was one of eight teams to qualify in 1944, won its first game vs. Pepperdine to advance to the semifinals.
- The farthest Iowa State has advanced in the NCAA Tournament since the current 64/65/68-team field, which began in 1985, is the Elite Eight in 2000.
- Iowa State has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen twice (1986, 1997), Elite Eight once (2000) and the Final Four once (1944).
- The highest seed ISU has ever earned is a No. 2 seed (2000 and 2001).
- The Cyclones have won their first game in seven of their last eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
- Iowa State defeated Notre Dame in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, 76-58. Georges Niang led all scorers with 19 points and Melvin Ejim added 17.
- Iowa State lost to Ohio State, 78-75 in the third round on a buzzer-beater three by Aaron Craft. Ejim scored 10 points and grabbed 11 boards in the loss.
- In three of ISU’s last five NCAA Tournament appearances, the Cyclones lost to the eventual national champion in their home state: Michigan State (2000, Auburn Hills, Mich.), North Carolina (2005, Charlotte, N.C.) and Kentucky (2012, Louisville, Ky.).
- ISU has had two players lead the NCAA Tournament in scoring average (minimum three games played) during their respective careers...Dedric Willoughby averaged 24.7 ppg in 1997 (three games) and Marcus Fizer led all players in 2000 with a 20.0 ppg average in four games played.
- Individual NCAA Tournament records: Points- 34 by Dedric Willoughby (vs. UCLA in 1997), 34 by Lafester Rhodes (vs. Georgia Tech in 1988); Rebounds- 20 by Jared Homan (vs. North Carolina in 2005); Assists- 11 by Jamaal Tinsley (vs. UCLA in 2000); Blocks- 8 by Kelvin Cato (vs. Illinois State in 1997); Field Goals- 14 by Lafester Rhodes (vs. Georgia Tech in 1988); 3-Pointers- 8 by Dedric Willoughby (vs. UCLA in 1997).
- The first time two teams from the same conference played in the NCAA Tournament in the same year was 1944 when ISU and Missouri from the Big Six were among the 8 teams chosen.

Iowa State Tournament Tidbits
- Iowa State went 12-6 against teams that made the NCAA field: Kansas (1-2), Oklahoma State (2-0), Oklahoma (1-1), Baylor (2-1), BYU (1-0), Kansas State (2-1), Iowa (1-0), Texas (1-1), Michigan (1-0).
- Fred Hoiberg is one of six Iowa State coaches (Louis Menze, Johnny Orr, Tim Floyd, Larry Eustachy, Wayne Morgan) to lead the Cyclones into the NCAA Tournament.
- Hoiberg is one of four Cyclone head coaches to take multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament (Orr, Floyd, Eustachy).
- Hoiberg (Iowa State, 1995) is the 49th coach in NCAA history to play on an NCAA Tournament team (1992, 1993, 1995) and serve as a head coach on an NCAA Tournament team (2012, 2013) at their alma mater.
- Hoiberg is possibly the only person in NCAA Tournament history to serve as a ball boy (1985, 1986), compete (1992, 1993, 1995) and serve as a head coach (2012, 2013) on an NCAA Tournament team at the same school.
- Hoiberg played on three NCAA Tournament teams (1992, 1993, 1995) in his All-American career at Iowa State.
- Hoiberg averaged 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in five career NCAA Tournament games (2-3).
- Hoiberg recorded 17 points and eight rebounds in a win vs. Charlotte (76-74) in his freshman season (1992).
- ISU has seven returning players who were on the 2013 Iowa State NCAA Tournament team.
- Melvin Ejim is averaging 10.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg in four NCAA Tournament games.
- Georges Niang averaged 13.5 points in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
- Iowa State assistant coach Cornell Mann has been an assistant coach in Division I on four teams, coaching in the NCAA Tournament in all four: Iowa State (2012, 2013, 2014), Dayton (2009), Western Michigan (2004), Central Michigan (2003).

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