DeAndre Kane Excels In First And Only Season As a Cyclone

By Rob Gray, Correspondent and Josh Christensen, Reporter

AMES — When senior Iowa State guard-turned-Big 12 newcomer of the year DeAndre Kane met the media last fall, he spoke earnestly, never swerving off-message.

"I just want to win," the transfer from Marshall said repeatedly.

The force behind that five-word mantra showed up all season — and helped frame the calling of his team's name as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"I'd never watched the selection show," Kane said as he prepared for his first trip to the grandest stage. "I had no reason to watch it."

Now it's not about "want."

It's about "need."

But in truth, maybe it's been that way all along.

Kane and the Big 12 Tournament champion Cyclones (26-7) continue their journey Friday in a second-round tournament game against 14th-seeded North Carolina Central at San Antonio, Texas.

"It's a team that beat (12 seed) N.C. State by 10 points and played (6 seed) Cincinnati very close," said ISU Coach Fred Hoiberg, whose team won the Big 12 Tournament for the first time in 14 years, then earned its best NCAA seed since 2001. "From what I understand, very well coached. We'll get to work."

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