This is an all Wolf Pack edition of our daily link post.
Nevada has some swagger.
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm, giving his general thoughts on Nevada and the "swagger" the team plays with. pic.twitter.com/MbTLUwoHsS— Chris Murray (@MurrayRGJ) March 13, 2017
Traveling to Milwaukee... well, maybe you better start driving.
Looks like there will be a strong contingency of Pack fans in Milwaukee on Thursday (unless people are going there to see Gertie the Duck). pic.twitter.com/xzHOPDi3Wx— Chris Murray (@MurrayRGJ) March 13, 2017
Hmmm.... Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm is trying to play the underdog card.
“That’s fine,” Prohm said. “I think everybody is picking them and not just picking them against us but picking them to make a great run. That’s fine. Our team, we haven’t gotten a lot of attention all season long to be honest. But with the guys that we have and myself, that probably helps us from the standpoint that it keeps you humble and it keeps you focused. Obviously Nevada is very good.”
Six things you need to know about this Nevada vs. Iowa State matchup
- Iowa State has an All-American guard
- Iowa State has a Deonte Burton, too
Deonte Burton broke another rim. Naz Mitrou-Long raised the roof. pic.twitter.com/yJWEUdQDcB— Chris Stone (@cstonehoops) March 12, 2017
3. The Cyclones have slayed giants
4. Experience will be a factor
5. Nevada might have “inside info”
6. Iowa State has a clear weakness
NBA prospects are in this game.
DraftExpress ranks their top-100 NBA prospects in the NCAA Tournament and Iowa State’s guard Monte Morris comes in at No. 49 and Nevada’s Cameron Oliver is 61st.
SB Nation also ranked their top players in the tourney.
16. Monte Morris, PG, Iowa State
Morris broke records for assist-to-turnover ratio early in his college career and has continued to be one of the game’s top floor generals even as he’s been forced to up his scoring the last two seasons. If you’re a fan of pristine point guard play, Morris is your guy.
42. Cam Oliver, PF, Nevada
Nevada has three studs in senior shooting guard Marcus Marshall, sophomore forward Jordan Caroline, and the 6’8, 225-pound Oliver. The latter is the one showing up on NBA mock drafts because of his combination of strength, athleticism, and skill. The Wolf Pack can win a game or two if everyone is cooking.
CBS Sports ranks these teams from 1-68, and boy do they like Iowa State
Here is what they say about Iowa State and Nevada
11. Iowa State: Monte Morris is the best point guard in college basketball. His assist-to-turnover ratio is out of this world. Deonte Burton makes for a great wingman. Cyclones are a Final Four dark horse.
47. Nevada: Hard to overstate how good a job Eric Musselman has done in two years in Reno. The Wolf Pack have two frontcourt studs, Jordan Caroline and Cameron Oliver, that are just so hard to match up with. Can the rest of the team keep playing at a high level?
Seth Davis of SI.com and CBS Sports and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt are predict big things form Nevada
Michigan seeded too low, Nevada lurking in the Midwest - ESPN Video
Breaking down the Midwest region, Jay Bilas and Kara Lawson look at if Michigan and Creighton should have switched seeds and why Nevada is ripe to pull off the 5-12 upset over Iowa State.