Fun Facts: Iowa State-N.C. Central
Cyclones set to play Durham's team ... er, Durham's other team
SAN ANTONIO -- It's the San Antonio in Texas, not the one in Puerto Rico.
I've been to Puerto Rico and enjoyed it very much. There's a rain forest there. You don't get that in Texas, but there is a lot of brush to be cleared. At any rate, on with the Fun Facts:
2. NCCU has played Duke just once in a regular-season game, a 121-56 Duke win at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2007. The teams met in exhibitions the previous three years, with the Blue Devils winning all three by an average of 42 points per game.
3. Iowa State has won at least once in seven of its last eight NCAA appearances.
4. NCCU has players from nine states, the British West Indies and Norway. Karamo Jawara of NCCU is the only Norwegian in the NCAA tourney.
5. Jeremy Ingram of the Eagles led or tied for the team's lead in scoring in his team's last 11 games. He averages 20.8 points, and has shot twice as much as any teammate.
6. NCCU played a pair of nonconference games against the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
7. The Eagles' strength-of-schedule is 337th out of the 349 Division I teams. Iowa State's is 12th.
8. People say Iowa State likes transfers, but NCCU has transfers from Ball State, Canisius, Florida Gulf Coast, James Madison, Marquette, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and four junior colleges.
9. NCCU's average home attendance this season was 1,991. The largest crowd it played before this season was 10,506, at Wichita State.
10. This is Iowa State's fifth game in Texas this year. The Cyclones won at Texas Tech and TCU, lost at Texas and Baylor.
11. NCCU was a Division II school until 2011. It won the D-II national championship in 1989, beating Southeast Missouri State, 73-46.
12. The last three Iowa State teams that played in NCAA tournaments were beaten by teams in their own states. That was Ohio State in Dayton last year, Kentucky in Louisville the year before that, and North Carolina in Charlotte in 2005.
13. The only way that can happen this year is if the Cyclones face Texas, Baylor or Stephen F. Austin in the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.
14. NCCU assistant coach Brian Burg played for two seasons and earned his bachelor's degree at Mount Mercy in Cedar Rapids. Burg assisted freshman boys' basketball coach Howard Conrad when he was a student-teacher at Benton Community High School.
@BrianBurg1 congratulations on NCAA tournament bid!!! Very proud of you and your team.