The Iowa State Cyclones return to the practice floor as they prepare for Friday night’s Midwest Region semifinal against top seeded Virginia in Chicago. It will be the Cyclones second appearance in the Sweet 16 in three years.
That’s ISU coach Steve Prohm. Virginia is 28-7 and finished second to North Carolina in the ACC regular season race and the conference tournament.
Prohm says the Cyclones played well on defense in their first two games and that needs to continue.
Prohm says Virginia’s style of play will force the Cyclones to be patient on offense.
The winner of Friday’s game will play the winner of the game between Syracuse and Gonzaga for the Midwest Region title.
Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz says it is time to move on. The Hawkeyes get ready for the start of spring drills after posting a school record 12 wins in a season which culminated with a trip to the Rose Bowl.
The Hawkeyes have a number of starters back on both sides of the ball but Ferentz knows that sustaining success can be more difficult than obtaining it.
Ferentz says a key will be replacing the leadership that last year’s senior class displayed.
Two starters are gone along the offensive line but five players with starting experience return for that unit.
After passing for more than 28 hundred yards and 17 touchdowns last season quarterback C.J. Beathard is ready to go following off season surgery.
The Hawkeyes close out spring drills with an open practice in Kinnick Stadium on April 23rd.