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No. 7-seeded Iowa State to face No. 10-seeded Michigan State in the First Round

Just Us Cyclones... As well as the Spartans for now the First Round.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament-Texas vs Iowa State Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

The Cyclones are dancing again, this time against the Michigan State in the Mercado region.

(skip to 24:15 to see the team’s reaction to the announcement of their seed and matchup)

The Michigan State Spartans (15-8, and 8-7 Big Ten Conference) won nine of their 13 home games this season, including one over Lisa Bluder’s Iowa squad.

This will be the sixth Iowa State vs. Michigan State game, the Spartans hold the series lead at 3-2. Notably, Iowa State won the last game in the series 69-68 on March 28, 2009 in the Sweet Sixteen.

Top Performer

Junior guard Nia Clouden averages 18.8 points per game for the Spartans in an average of 33.1 minutes per game.

Michigan State is coached by Suzy Merchant.

Merchant has been at the helm of the Spartans since April 30, 2007. She has led the Spartans to a 265-134 record, in addition to a 147-91 record at Eastern Michigan (1998 to 2007) and a 54-29 record at Saginaw Valley State University (1995 to 1998).

Best games for Michigan State: Maryland, Northwestern, Michigan and Iowa.

Michigan State lost 93-87 to then No. 12 Maryland on Jan. 7, lost 63-60 to No. 22/20 Northwestern on Feb. 7 and lost 86-82 at No. 11/12 Michigan on on Feb. 16.

Early in the season, on Dec. 12, 2020, the Spartans beat Iowa 86-82. Caitlin Clark led the Hawkeyes with 35 points and Alyza Winston led the Spartans with 25 points (11.1 ppg).

The Cyclones will play at 5 p.m. Ames time, March 22 on ESPN.

Jared is the Sports Editor at The News-Review down in Sigourney, you can follow them on Twitter @Jar_Lar.