Last season the Iowa State Cyclones entered the NCAA tournament as perhaps the hottest team in college hoops. Unfortunately, they crossed paths with the eventual National Champions, University of Connecticut, in the Sweet Sixteen. Still, Iowa State had much to be proud of during their 2013-2014 campaign. Their accomplishments included 28 wins and a Big 12 tournament championship! This season they hope to make another run at a Big 12 regular season championship, even though they are now without stud Guard, DeAndre Kane.
Even with the loss of Kane, the Cyclones return with experienced talent at all positions. Leading scorer Melvin Ejim and Forward, Georges Niang, will combine to be, maybe, the most talented front court in all of college basketball. The Big 12 will again be up for grabs this season with four teams ranked in the Top-20, including Iowa State which enters the season ranked #14. Can the Cyclones pass preseason Top-10 teams, Texas and Kansas, to win arguably the toughest conference in the nation? Their season begins this Friday at home against Oakland.
Although it ended earlier than hoped, the Wichita State Men’s Basketball team is coming off a historic, undefeated 2013-2014 regular season. The No. 1 seeded Shockers lost in the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament to the powerhouse Kentucky Wildcats. Heading into the tournament, Wichita State hoped to become the first Missouri Valley Conference school to win a National Championship in Men’s Basketball. Although they lost to the eventual national runner-up, the Shockers are looking for a better finish this year. Hopes are high in the heart of Kansas!
Looking forward into the 2014-2015 season, the defending MVC champions will have a great chance of repeating their championship run with two of their three leading scorers, Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, returning. The 11th ranked team in the nation will need to elevate their game with the loss of last year’s leading scorer Cleanthony Early who contributed 16.4 PPG last year. The Shockers will start their 2014 campaign by hosting New Mexico St. on November 14, before they square off against University of Memphis on November 18. Can VanderVleet and Baker lead Wichita St. on a deep run in the tournament dance this year, or will they once again get caught up in the madness of March?
-Thanks to the Prep Sportswear’s very own sports guru, Erik H. for contributing!
As the 2014 high school football season continues through October, some of the nation’s top teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack. One of those teams is Folsom High School out of northern California. Folsom High currently ranks anywhere in the top 10 nationally. Jake Browning, quarterback for the northern California powerhouse is also separating himself from the nation’s other top QBs. He’s more than just a University of Washington signee. This weekend he has his eyes set on passing the national touchdown record. The record currently stands at 210.
Browning entered the 2014 season with 165 career touchdowns and more than 12,000 yards passing – both California state records. Through the first seven games of Folsom’s undefeated season, the UW commit has thrown for 43 touchdowns which leaves him just three away from breaking a record, once thought unbreakable. The team hoping to postpone this milestone is another undefeated squad out of Rocklin High School. The winner of this game will be the clear front runner in the Sierra Foothill League and primed for a deep run in the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs. Now, we call that a “Touchdown King”.
Thanks Erik H for being a blog contributor.