Ejim had a very productive freshman season last season for the Cyclones. The secondary is solid with Leonard Johnson and Ter’Ran Benton at the corners and Strong Safety David Sims. Both of these team are in the C-USA – West conference.
Coach Greg McDermott can count on no subtraction in the middle and a big addition on the wing. Last Spring All-Conference forward, Craig Brackins, announced that he would return for his junior year. All of a sudden the talk in Ames went from rebuilding again to challenging for the upper division of the Big 12 and a NCAA tournament birth.
The Hawks are 5-3 in night games in Kinnick Stadium with wins coming against Penn State in 2010, Michigan in 2009, Syracuse in 2007, Arizona State in 2003 and Northern Illinois in 1999. The program also lost to Ohio State in 2006, Iowa State basketball in 2002 and Miami of Florida in 1992.
Oklahoma Sooners – 2009 was supposed to be a season in which the Sooners competed for a national title. Instead, Sam Bradford suffered a serious shoulder injury and they went just 8-5 as a result. The injury did allow Landry Jones to get his feet wet, and now Oklahama once again looks poised to win the South.
A buildup of that magnitude would be hard for the selection committee to overlook when it comes to handing out No. 1 seeds, and would help restore the swagger OU strode with en route to 13 wins in a row in January and February.
Chelsea Lyon started for the Hawkeye and took the loss. The senior tossed four innings, allowed eight earned runs on seven hits and struck out three. Micaela Whitney came on in relief in the fifth and allowed one hit while recording two outs.
Iowa State is planning to have to discover a approach to replace Dainte Garrett’s numbers. He was a quality point guard who blotted his name all over Iowa State’s history books for both assists and points.
The Iowa men’s basketball team seems so far away from cutting anything down, let alone a national championship net. But just how far away are the Hawks from being respectable again?
A sincere thank you to Coach McDermott and a best of luck wish this coming season. Not only is he one of the best tacticians in the league, but a great guy as well.