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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 is in his sixth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.