Virginia vs. Iowa State: 5 things to know


Virginia vs. Iowa State: 5 things to know

Virginia takes the court on Friday night looking to reach the Elite Eight and get a chance at the Final Four. Here's what you need to know:

Who: No. 1 Virginia (26-7) vs. No. 4 Iowa State (21-11)

When: 7:10 p.m. ET on CBS

Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

1. How they got here

After finishing second in the ACC Tournament, Virginia was still given a No. 1 seed and have been proving the committee right ever since. The Cavaliers breezed through Hampton in the first round and then outlasted a tough test from Butler in the second.

Iowa State is in the tournament for the fifth consecutive season and won its first two tournament games by an average of 15 points. Iona hung around in the first round before the Cyclones were able to pull away. In the second round, Iowa State benefitted from a first round upset and met Arkansas-Little Rock instead of Purdue. The Cyclones took advantage with a 17-point win to reach the Sweet 16.

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2. Who is Iowa State?

The Cyclones are in their first season under head coach Steve Prohm after former coach Fred Hoiberg left to become coach of the Chicago Bulls. Iowa State began the season as a top 10 team, but finished sixth in the Big 12 with a 10-8 conference record. They did, however, manage wins over both Kansas and Oklahoma over the course of the season.

Iowa State boasts an incredibly experienced roster as all seven of the team's top scorers are juniors or seniors. That makes this the third or fourth tournament appearance for most of the roster.

3. Opposites attracting

You would be hard pressed to find two teams with more contrasting styles as Virginia and Iowa State. The Cavaliers boast one of the top offenses in the country while the Cyclones have a top, up-tempo offense.

Here are some numbers from Ken Pomeroy's ratings: Virginia ranks fourth in defensive efficiency while Iowa State is the third-most efficient offense. The Cyclones average 82.1 points and 71.7 possessions per game, more than 10 more than UVa. The Cavaliers have plenty of talent on offense, but elect to use a slower pace in deference to their defensive mindset which may ultimately work to their advantage.

Iowa State has struggled this season against stout defenses. In nine games against top 20 defenses this season, the Cyclones managed only a 3-6 record.

4. Georges Niang is the key

A win over Iowa State will depend greatly on Virginia's ability to stop playmaker Georges Niang. Niang leads the team in scoring with 20.2 points per game. He presents matchup problems for every defense as a 6-foot-8 player who can post up in the paint and shoot from the outside. He is the only player in the nation with 2,000 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists.

5. Looking ahead

Iowa State is the biggest obstacle standing between Virginia and the Final Four. Awaiting the winner of this game will be the winner of No. 10 Syracuse and No. 11 Gonzaga. Obviously any team that can make it to the Sweet 16 is no slouch, but if given the choice between a double-digit seed and Michigan State in the Elite Eight, that's not a difficult choice for many UVa fans.

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

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Georgetown snaps 4-game road losing streak, tops Butler

INDIANAPOLIS -- Marcus Derrickson tied a career-high with 27 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, for his eighth 20-plus point game this season and Georgetown beat Butler 87-83 on Tuesday night.

After Georgetown missed two free throws, Kamar Baldwin made a scoop shot in the lane and Sean McDermott stole the inbounds pass, leading to another Baldwin basket to pull Butler to 84-81 with 1:29 to go.

Butler had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Baldwin's long 3-pointer was short and Jahvon Blair sealed it at the line at 4.5.

Jessie Govan had his 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Georgetown (15-10, 5-9 Big East). Trey Dickerson, a senior averaging 3.5 points per game, set a career-high in the first half with 12 points and finished with 18.

Kelan Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds to reach 20 points for the 17th time this season for Butler (17-10, 7-7). Tyler Wideman added 19 points and Baldwin had 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

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Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982


Virginia jumps to top of new AP poll for first time since 1982

A loss didn't prevent Virginia from climbing to No. 1 in AP men's basketball poll for the first time in more than 35 years after all.

The Cavaliers rose a slot to sit atop Monday's AP Top 25 despite an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech, part of an upset-filled week that allowed for plenty of uncertainty in the poll. The Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned 30 of 65 first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 Michigan State and rise above the turmoil that included last week's top three teams all losing.

Tony Bennett's Cavaliers had been at No. 2 before this season, but this is the first time the program has reached No. 1 since December 1982 — the senior season of 7-foot-4 great Ralph Sampson — back when the poll ranked only 20 teams. And that team fell out of that spot after its improbable upset loss to Chaminade in Hawaii, regarded by many as the biggest upset in the history of college sports.

Virginia looked set to reach the No. 1 spot after Villanova's home loss to St. John's before losing to the Hokies. Still, the Cavaliers ended up there a day after the NCAA selection committee had them as the No. 1 overall seed in its reveal of the top 16 seeds to date.

The Cavaliers — whose 12 previous weeks at No. 1 all came during the Sampson era — play with the top ranking for the first time since the Chaminade loss on Tuesday at Miami.

"I do not get too carried away with where we are," Bennett said after the loss to the Hokies. "I always say 'thus far,' and now we have to prove it again. ... Now we are going to get a chance to do it again and we are going to have to fight like crazy every game. Everybody is capable of beating everybody in this league and that is reality. If you are little off it is not enough."



Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) climbed two spots after a weekend win against Purdue in a top-5 matchup. The Spartans, who reached No. 1 for a week in January, earned 21 first-place votes.

Next came Villanova (23-2, 10-2 Big East), who fell to third after a five-week stay at No. 1 and earned nine first-place votes. Xavier (23-3, 11-2 Big East) inched up a spot to fourth and earned five first-place votes, followed by Cincinnati (23-2, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) at No. 5.

This is Xavier's highest ranking in its history, while Cincinnati is in the top 5 for the first time since spending a good chunk of the 2001-02 season there.


Purdue (23-4, 12-2 Big East) fell from third to sixth after losing to Ohio State and Michigan State last week. Those losses snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games, marking Purdue's first losses since falling to Tennessee and Western Kentucky on consecutive November days in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

Texas Tech was next at No. 7, followed by Ohio State, Gonzaga and Auburn to round out the top 10.



Rivalry wins against Duke and North Carolina State helped North Carolina climb seven spots to No. 14 for the week's biggest jump. It continued the Tar Heels' wild swings in poll positioning, including a nine-slot drop last month and two other slides of eight slots.

Ohio State rose six spots to No. 8 after the Purdue win, while No. 11 Clemson was up five spots.


Oklahoma and freshman star Trae Young had the biggest fall of the week, down six spots to No. 23. The Sooners have lost three straight and six of eight after Saturday's loss at Iowa State .

St. Mary's (15th) and Arizona (17th) both fell four spots.


The newcomers aren't entirely new this week. Both No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arizona State have been ranked multiple weeks this season and appeared in the top 10, with the Sun Devils reaching No. 3 on Christmas Day.


Kentucky fell out of the rankings for the second time this season -- It hadn't happened since March 2014 before this year -- from No. 24 after three straight losses. Miami fell out from No. 25 after losing at Boston College.