UConn latest on Iowa State's list of grueling foes

NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Iowa State has already knocked off Kansas, Baylor and Kansas State. So forgive the Cyclones if they're not all that fazed at facing defending national champion Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

True, UConn has three national titles and a roster full of future NBA stars. But as Scott Christopherson said Wednesday, "Kemba Walker's not coming back, is he?"

Fact is, it's the Cyclones (22-10) who are the higher seed going into Thursday's game, a No. 8 to UConn's No. 9. And it was the Huskies (20-13) who struggled down the stretch in the regular season, dropping nine of their last 13 going into the Big East tournament.