East Region - Second Round
(26-7, 11-7 Big 12)
Iowa State Cyclones
What You Need To Know: No team in the country is better at handing out assists. The Cyclones love to push the tempo at every opportunity and keep opponents on their heels. They use their defense and rebounding to start the fast break, and when they’re running with confidence, they’re almost unstoppable. Forward Melvin Ejim is a man among boys, and he plays with an aggressiveness and anger that can be intimidating when he's going to the rim. DeAndre Kane can score, rebound and pass, and he's the engine for the Cyclones. He also is ISU's best three-point shooter among the starters. Georges Niang can fill it up and has the versatility to give Iowa State good balance on the floor. Dustin Hogue is only 6-6, 215 pounds, but he goes to the glass hard and doesn't try to do too much.
Strengths: Assists, Three Point Shooting, Scoring
Weaknesses: Blocked Shots, Scoring Defense, Free Throws
N. Carolina Central
(25-9, 14-2 CAA)
North Carolina Central Eagles
What You Need To Know: The Eagles are riding a 20-gamewinning streak, earning their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament as a Division I program by winning the MEAC Tournament. Dominant this season, it’s thier quickness and athleticism that makes them special. Head coach LeVelle Morton's team owns a win over North Carolina State and hung with Cincinnati and Wichita State earlier this year, so the Eagles will be a challenge in the Dance. Senior guard Jeremy Ingram is a game-changing scorer who breaks teams off the dribble as well as anyone, and his quickness makes an impact on defense. Guard Emanuel Chapman isn't a scorer, but he distributes the ball well and thrives in transition. Guard Jordan Parks and forward Jay Copeland provide solid scoring options, and Copeland is a hard-nosed rebounder.
Strengths: Scoring, Turnover Margin, Field Goal Percentage Defense
Weaknesses: Three Point Shooting, Blocked Shots, Scoring