Keys to success for Hoiberg, Iowa State

Fred Hoiberg has had a lot of success since taking over the Iowa State program. Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports

Fred Hoiberg's transition from the NBA back to his alma mater has been seamless. The former Iowa State Cyclones legend and hometown hero (he is to Ames what Larry Bird is to Indiana) has the team once again positioned to be a tough out in the NCAA tournament.

How has he been able to bring the Cyclones back to national relevance? Let’s take a look at the five key reasons driving Iowa State’s success, as the team prepares for a key Monday night road game at Oklahoma State (9 ET, ESPN).

1. Roster management

Hoiberg has done a masterful job of managing his roster, and in many ways he has approached his roster the way an NBA general manager would.