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Iowa State took the practice court on Wednesday with one goal in mind: try to find a way to stop first team All Big East guard Jeremy Lamb and the defending champion University of Connecticut Huskies.

"They have athletic guys, and a lot of pros, so, really, it's an opportunity. You can't go out and be scared, you have to go out and play," Anthony Booker, Iowa State junior guard, said.

The Cyclones' athleticism should help them there. Royce White, ISU's leading assist man, rebounder and second leading scorer provides one of the toughest match-ups in the country, and he's drawn the attention of Coach Jim Calhoun and the Huskies.

"Bottom line is that he's a terrific basketball player, but you hit it on the head. You can't simulate him. I guarantee Fred doesn't have another one," Jim Calhoun, UConn head coach, said.

"Coach said he's about 6'8" or 6'9", 270 [lbs.] and I've seen him out there dribbling, running the point for them, so he's definitely a unique match-up," Alex Oriakhi, UConn junior forward, said.

One other thing that may play to Iowa State's advantage, when it comes to defending 3-point shooting, UConn is one of the worst teams in the country, while the Cyclones are one of the best, when they put it up.

"When there's a good 3-point shooting team, when they hit a couple, they get confidence and hit more and more, so we'll run them off the three playing good defense," Jeremy Lamb, UConn sophomore guard, said.

"We just can't be reliant on the 3-point shot. We have to find other ways to score, but I also think that we'll be able to knock down some shots as well," Scott Christopherson, Iowa State senior guard, said.

When it's all said and done, with the Cyclones and Huskies fairly evenly matched, Thursday night may just come down to who wants it more.

"It's win or go home, so you have to come in with that mindset. They're coming in with that mindset too, that they're not trying to lose, and we're not trying to lose, either," Chris Babb, Iowa State junior guard, said.

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