The CBE Classic will resume in Kansas City on Monday, November 24th. Alabama will have an opportunity for a major statement against what should be a top 25 ranked Iowa State program.
Former Cyclone and current head coach Fred Hoiberg has done a stellar job in rebuilding this basketball program. In just four seasons, Hoiberg has won 90 games, and taken the program to three straight NCAA tournaments. Last season, the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 before bowing out against eventual national champion, Uconn.
Hoiberg employed an unconventional approach in building the program, taking in transfers from other programs before the practice became commonplace in college basketball. However, he and his staff have also developed their share of young players, such as former star, Melvin Ejim, and current star, Georges Niang.
While the program lost star players Ejim and DeAndre Kane from last season, they return Niang, who should be one of the top 25 players in the college game. Overall, the team returns 5 of their top 8 scorers from last season. And, as expected, Hoiberg adds some impact D-1 and Juco transfers to the roster. It all adds up to what should be a very strong Cyclone unit capable of competing yet again in a strong Big 12 conference.