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Iowa State men look to overcome low expectations.

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Outside of Ames the expectations aren't that high. Every single coach in the Big 12 picked  Iowa State  to finish dead last this year in men's basketball, however the players don't see that as an insult, they see it as a challenge.

Diante Garret says "Everybody's been working hard, and everybody's just been grinding, and as soon as we heard that we were picked 12th, well we even went 110% more than what we normally did."

Garrett, Jamie Vanderbeken, and Scott Christopherson-- The Cyclones will have to rely heavily on newcomers such as freshmen Melvin Ejim, Calvin Godfrey, and Northern Illinois transfer Jake Anderson-- and Coach Fred Hoiberg says he'll soon find out who's realdy for Big 12 play--

Hoiberg said "The freshmen are going to have to fill in the gaps, and those guys the next 2 weeks will show me which ones are the ones maybe starting, which ones are in the rotation, and which ones just aren't quite ready yet."

Hoiberg also hops to get Cyclone fans excited about this season as many are already looking ahead to next year with highly touted transfers Chris Allen, Chris Babb, and Anthony Booker having to sit out to transfer rules, while Iowa State is still waiting on an eligibility decision on former high school all-american Royce White.

Hoiberg said "With the group we have sitting out, it's easy to look to next year, but I'm excited about this season and what it has to offer. Our young guys are going to have a chance to play, and our young guys are going to have the chance to go out and prove that they belong in this tough conference."

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