Iowa State practices in San Antonio on Thursday before their NCAA opener.
The goal for all college basketball teams is to be playing their best in March. Iowa State is doing that, with four straight wins heading into Friday's NCAA opener against North Carolina Central, who has a 20 game winning streak.
The Cyclones are the three seed and are heavy favorites in their first game in San Antonio. The last two seasons, Iowa State has won their first game, but lost to Kentucky two years ago, and Ohio State last season, to stop short of a spot in the Sweet 16.
ISU beat Baylor in the championship game at the Big 12 tournament and that has them thinking big.
"After cutting down those nets in Kansas City, realizing how special a feeling that was, these guys want the opportunity to do that again," said ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg.
"With our league being so strong, it definitely helps you," said senior Melvin Ejim. "You're playing the best and I think going in we have some momentum, winning the tournament, as well as having some experience playing at a nuetral site, where it's win or go home."
"Me and my dad used to watch some games," said senior DeAndre Kane. "He always used to say the tournament is where you want to be. Stars are born, stars are made and it's a fun time."
Iowa State and the 28-5 Eagles play at 8:50 on Friday night.
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