Monday's Iowa State sports links

It's an indication of the league's overall strength and maturity that it meets expectations. Last year marked a huge step with the Jayhawks and Sooners becoming the league's first Final Four teams. The next sign of progress is a national championship. None of that will happen if the Big 12 isn't a powerful conference. We believed that was the case during the regular season. The NCAA Tournament has confirmed it.
Big 12 NCAA field plays to form
Kansas City Star

Season-ending loss to Hawks figures to motivate ISU
Cedar Rapids Gazette

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