Cyclones eye return to NCAA tournament


October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State isn’t necessarily rebuilding and it isn’t really reloading.  The Cyclones are seeking to reinvent themselves in 2012-13 by reverting back to a more traditional lineup.  Iowa State lost standout Royce White, who is now with the Houston Rockets. The Cyclones also lost their second and third-leading scorers in Scott Christopherson and Chris Allen, a pair of shooting guards who were also forced to handle the ball so they could play together.

Iowa State will replace their unconventional trio with a true point guard in Korie Lucious, a traditional wing forward in Will Clyburn and more depth than the program has had in years.  The Cyclones, who won 23 games and reached the third round of the NCAA tournament in 2011-12, open the season Nov. 9 against Southern.