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The Mid-Morning Dump - 3/19/14

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THANKS, CYCLONE FANS! The team made a video to thank the fans for the mass voyage to Kansas City.

MANGINO'S PATH TO ISU. Ben Kercheval interviews Mark Mangino about what led him to Iowa State.

BUBU PALO COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH! Rodger Sherman picked the bracket based on best player names, and Bubu takes ISU all the way to the title game.

#4 FOR FRED HOIBERG. Ranking the tournament teams by the quality of each coach's playing career.

PUSHING HIS PROTEGE. DeAndre Kane has pushed Monte Morris all year, and it's led to great improvements.

BREAKTHROUGH STAR? Georges Niang is named by SI as one of it's possible breakout stars for this tournament.

A TRUE STUDENT-ATHLETE. Melvin Ejim's hometown paper finds out what we've known for four years: Melvin is a swell dude.

THE REAL MVP OF THE TEAM. New York Times feature on Dustin Hogue, who DeAndre Kane refers to as the MVP of the Cyclones.

ALL ABOUT THE EAGLES. Take the North Carolina Central Eagles lightly at your own risk, even if it's just their first tourney ever.

EIGHT TEAMS TO WIN IT ALL. NBC's Rob Dauster picks his eight teams that could cut down the nets in Arlington, and ISU is on the list.

ANTHONY LEE TRANSFERRING. The Temple forward is leaving the program after graduation, and there's a LOT of high-level interest in his immediate eligibility. Iowa State is in the mix, of course, but what's interesting is that Iowa seems to have jumped on the transfer train.

SB NATION ALL-AMERICANS. The mothership made a list, and Melvin Ejim scores a second team nod, while DeAndre Kane gets honorable mention.

BRUCE PEARL HIRED AGAIN. Bruce Pearl was hired by Auburn yesterday and Deadspin did a feature on "his first con", which is a great read if you're unfamiliar with the Deon Thomas saga.

HOW REALIGNMENT AFFECTS RECRUITING. An interesting look at how realignment has changed recruiting geography.