Hoiberg draws Alford in “Shots from the Heart” promo

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Hoiberg vs. Alford … in a free throw shooting contest. That’s quite the teaser.

In this case it’s reality as Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg faces New Mexico’s Steve Alford in the "Shots from the Heart" promotion, which is intended to raise awareness and money to fight heart disease.

The American Heart Association created a 64-person bracketed free throw shooting challenge among college head coaches in support of its mission. Many people’s dream match-up is taking place in this round.

Hoiberg advanced to the Elite Eight with wins over Providence’s Keno Davis (31-28), Wright State’s Billy Donlon (31-29) and Minnesota’s Tubby Smith (tiebreaker). Alford defeated Middle Tennessee State’s Kermit Davis (31-30), Texas Tech’s Pat Knight (31-26) and Tulane’s Ed Conroy (31-29).

The Hoiberg-Alford battle features two of best shooters in recent memory and the stats back it up.

Hoiberg made 84% from the line as a collegian, including a school record 34 straight. In 10 NBA seasons, he hit 85%. Alford connected on 89.8% as a college player at Indiana before making 87% as a pro.

Only two coaches left in the bracket have been perfect (75-75) over three rounds. You guessed it … Hoiberg and Alford.

None of the other Elite Eight encounters hold the star power of Hoiberg vs. Alford. The other match-ups include Buzz Peterson (UNC-Wilmington, who is 74-75) vs. Kerry Keating (Santa Clara, 70-75), Will Brown (Albany, 73-75) vs. Jamie Dixon (Pitt, 67-75) and Sean Miller (Arizona, 67-75) vs. Mark Phelps (Drake, 70-75).

The match tie-breakers include: (1) most consecutive shots converted; (2) count shots #5, #10 and #15 as two points each; and (3) an extra shoot off.

Neither Hoiberg nor Alford have missed yet. Any guesses on how many extra shoot offs might be needed?

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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