Maybe you're one of those basketball aesthetes who dreads March Madness, who just doesn't understand why anyone would want to watch a bunch of semi-skilled college kids try to hump a ball into a basket 35 seconds at a time. That's fine! You can hate college basketball all you want, but I'm here to tell you that if you are one of these people, you should root for the Iowa State Cyclones.
The Cyclones don't play like a normal college team. When head coach Fred Hoiberg, a former NBA player who will very graciously answer questions about his alleged marijuana consumption, arrived on campus in 2010, he installed a pro-style system that quickly transformed Iowa State into a deadly offensive force. Hoiberg's Cyclones have finished in the top seven of Ken Pomeroy's adjusted offensive efficiency rankings each of the last three seasons, and Synergy Sports ranks this year's team as the 14th-most efficient in the country, producing .993 points per possession. That's a big deal for a small school that consistently gets out-recruited by the big boys, and has only had one second-team and one third-team All-American on the roster during Hoiberg's tenure.