Wednesday, April 17

Iowa State’s March Madness run proves there’s no need to ‘rebuild’

MILWAUKEE — Iowa State shouldn’t be here.

When you take over a program stuck in a years-long slide, it takes time to repair what’s broken. When you try to build back after a historically awful season, patience is what pays the bills. 

Given where Iowa State was when T.J. Otzelberger took over in March 2021, he should be spending March of 2022 scouring the transfer portal for help and glad-handing donors to keep them happy through the lean years. 

It’s supposed to be a methodical process that is often more painful than fruitful. 

Yet, here the Cyclones are, a game away from the Sweet 16. Big Ten champ Wisconsin is who stands in the way after clawing past Colgate last Friday. 

It would be laughable if it wasn’t so laudable.  

With a 59-54 first-round NCAA tournament victory Friday over LSU, Iowa State has officially jumped the line, skipped the steps and ignored the timeline for what it means to rebuild. 

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