Balance is a common element among some of the nation’s best

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There is one college men’s basketball program in the nation with six players scoring in double figures. Iowa State.

Four others – Davidson, UCLA, UT-Martin and Georgia – have five twin digit scorers, but only the Cyclones have six.

Georges Niang (14.6 ppg), Bryce Dejean-Jones (12.4), Naz Long (11.2), Monte Morris (10.9), Dustin Hogue (10.8) and Jameel McKay (10.4) are all averaging at least 10 points per game.

The scoring differential between those players is 4.2 points. The only school in the nation with similar balance – and even a bit more – is undefeated Kentucky. The Wildcats’ top seven scorers are also separated by 3.5 points.

Minutes as well as points are divided up. Six Cyclones are averaging at least 24 minutes per game and only Morris is above 30. Eight Wildcats average 20 minutes of playing time with Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein at roughly 25 each.

Villanova has six players averaging nine points per game or better and Arizona has a half dozen scoring more than 8½ per contest.

ISU is in good company as UK, ‘Nova and UA are a combined 76-5 this season.

This point distribution really isn’t anything new at Iowa State. Two of Coach Fred Hoiberg’s prior teams had five double-digit scorers.

That kind of balance doesn’t just happen. It’s a core element of Hoiberg’s program and it wins a lot of games.

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