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Pre-Big 12 Tournament Bracketology Watch

Feb 25, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Steve Prohm watches his team play the Oklahoma Sooners at Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State is most likely to slide into the seven or eight lines in the NCAA Tournament, according to the predictions updated on Monday. One bracketologist has even placed the Cyclones as a seven seed playing its first-round game in Des Moines.

USA Today‘s Shelby Mast has the Cyclones taking on 10-seed Washington in the round of 64 at Wells Fargo Arena. They are paired with two-seed Michigan State and 15-seed Omaha in the Midwest Region, which features Duke as the top-seed.

While it is possible the Cyclones could end up in Des Moines as a seven-seed, it is unlikely, according to a report by the Des Moines Register‘s Tommy Birch.

Iowa State is also a seven-seed in ESPN‘s Joe Lunardi’s newest bracket projection while he has the Cyclones slated to take on 10-seed Seton Hall in the first round in Columbia, S.C. Lundari has Iowa State in the South Region, which is led by top-seed Kentucky, and paired with two-seed Duke in Columbia. This edition of the bracket also notably includes Iowa (nine-seed) and Kansas State (four-seed) in the South Region.

A similar situation would face Iowa State based on Sports Illustrated’s Michael Beller’s newest bracket which also pits the seven-seed Cyclones against 10-seed Seton Hall. In this iteration, Tennessee is the two-seed with Sam Houston State as the 15.

The Cyclones would be slated for a date with their neighbor to the north if SB Nation‘s Chris Dobbertean’s bracket came to fruition. He has Iowa State as the seven-seed in the East Region squaring off with 10-seed Minnesota in Tulsa. The winner of that game would face the winner of a game between two-seed LSU and 15-seed Bradley.

When it comes to the analytics, Team Rankings gives the Cyclones the highest-percentage chance (28.1 percent) of being an eight-seed in the Big Dance. The second-most likely scenario is a seven-seed, which the site pegs as a 21.6 percent chance.

All in all, the Cyclones could likely play themselves back up to the six-seed line with a strong showing at this week’s Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. Iowa State will start postseason action on Thursday when it takes on Baylor at 11:30 a.m. in the Sprint Center.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.