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Can Iowa State capitalize on this sudden relevancy?

Iowa State v Notre Dame

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 22: The Iowa State Cyclones celebrate after a play in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 22, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Notre Dame picked a bad time to forget to show up.

The No. 7 seed Irish committed 18 turnovers and found themselves down by as much as 27 points to No. 10 seed Iowa State before eventually losing 76-58.

And while it ended up being just another in a long line of disappointing tournament performances from Irish head coach Mike Brey, this was a step towards legitimacy for Fred Hoiberg’s program at Iowa State.

The Cyclones weren’t relevant in college basketball when he took over. As good as they were in the late-'90s and early-2000s, all anyone remembers from that era is Iowa State’s loss to No. 2 seed Hampton, Larry Eustachy’s flameout as head coach and the bust that Marcus Fizer turned into.

And now?

Hoiberg’s teams have now won games in back to back NCAA tournaments despite losing a first round pick to the NBA in between.

As we all know, Hoiberg built up his teams through transfers. Royce White, Korie Lucious, Chris Babb, Will Clyburn. And while that got them back on the map, relying on flameouts from around the country is not a sustainable way to build a program.

Iowa State is relevant. They are winning games in the tournament. They play a style that every single recruit in the country should love. They spread the floor, they fire up a lot of threes and they take a minimalists approach to defense.

If Hoiberg is going to build a program that is annually deserving of that sensational home court, now is the time for him to strike.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.