5 Biggest Questions for UConn in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 vs. Iowa State

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5 Biggest Questions for UConn in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 vs. Iowa State
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The UConn Huskies will make their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2011 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The No. 7 seed Huskies (28-8) will face the No. 2 Iowa State Cyclones (27-8) for a spot in the Elite Eight, and they'll be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the last UConn team to get this far in the tournament.

The 2011 Huskies, led by Kemba Walker, defeated San Diego State in the Sweet 16 but didn't stop there. They went on to capture the school's third national title, defeating Butler 53-41 in the finals.

But that's getting a bit ahead of ourselves. The Cyclones are one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the tournament, and even without star forward Georges Niang, they have plenty of players who can hurt UConn. They took down No. 6 seed North Carolina on Sunday in one of the oddest finishes you'll ever see, using a last-second bucket from DeAndre Kane to secure an 85-83 victory. 

The Huskies upset No. 2 seed, and former Big East rival, Villanova on Saturday night to get to New York City. They were led by 2014 All-American guard Shabazz Napier, who willed his team to victory with 25 points despite missing a good deal of the first half.

This has the potential to be an exciting, close, down-to-the-wire type of game. 

But before UConn and Iowa State take the court, we have to look at these five crucial questions.

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