Did anyone ask for a competitive game in the third round? Well this is it, the Tar Heels and Cyclones meet up in Texas for a battle of elimination. Both teams are coming off great season’s as well as their share of surprises, Iowa State got off to a little bit of a slow start losing its first 2 games only to transform into this beast in the hustler department running other programs into the ground.
(6) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (3) Iowa State Cyclones
5:15 PM ET, March 23, 2014
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
The Tar Heels really upgraded their defense since last season, they have showed that a combination between a three player man defense and two back in zone works almost to perfection, making sure there is always someone in every area. For this game North Carolina must run the ball and keep the pace going, they have to know that the main focus of their opponent will be to tier them out. The Tar Heels have to plays a solid offensive attacking game mixing things up to keep Iowa State guessing, A lot will be asked of Paige in this game for them to be successful, this team will go as far as he carries them.
Iowa State is one of those teams that starts the season off well only to slide a later in the year, this season however thins have gone differently as this teams really pushed their offensive ways on other teams by really controlling the postgame and rebounding part. Ejim averages just under 9 boards a game and if the Cyclones want to be as competitive as everyone else at the ranking they have to covert in transition.
Pick: As much as I like the Cyclones in this game I think that the Tar Heels will sneak one passed them because of their offensive mind set, they are very fast and attack in several ways. Take North Carolina in this one -8