As the drubbing of Auburn continued Monday night I couldn’t help but think from my balcony seat that no matter how efficient the Cyclone offense has been so far, it will be much better once Georges Niang starts making shots…assuming that he does. So far this year it has seemingly been Niang maybe forcing a bit too much in the absence of Ejim, or missing shots that he usually wouldn’t, or he has been stuck in foul trouble. But when has been needed the most at the end of games he has been as clutch as clutch can be. Getting buckets when everyone knew that was where Hoiberg was going. Continue reading
I started this last year and it seemed mildly popular with things that I do, relatively speaking, so I will again follow through with the project. And that is to track the daily rating of every Big 12 team using KenPom.com.
At one time his site didn’t seem to track the fluctuations in a team’s rating as the season went on, but it now shows a team’s rating as each game has been played. Nevertheless, I still find it useful and interesting to track these ratings as the season goes on. It will be updated weekly-ish as the season progresses. Continue reading
I realize this isn’t the best format to lay out past data but it is the simplest way to preserve the data and still leave it for your viewing. Continue reading
For the past 60 hours I have been trying to accurately compartmentalize what transpired this past Saturday in Morgantown, Sunday with the firings of Courtney Messingham and Kenith Pope, and with the 2013 season as a whole. I’m going to weave in and out, around and through those topics in a bit of a stream of consciousness that has been scrolling through my head since Saturday. Continue reading
It has been a fun start to the Cyclone basketball season and there is a lot of hope blasting through Central Iowa right now on just how good this season could possibly turn out. There have already been some rare early season occurrences that have set this season up to stand out from others in recent history, primarily the win over a ranked team and the Cyclones earning a ranking already themselves.
With that, I have a few “fun” look backs at undefeated starts to seasons, games as a ranked team, and longevity of teams in the rankings in given seasons. Continue reading
I love senior day. It is a bitter sweet experience for all involved but the great thing about senior day is that if you participate in sports at the high school or college level you know exactly the emotion that is running through the minds of not just the seniors being honored, but the rest of the team as well. I know that I personally will never forget senior night and my last home basketball game in high school.
It is a time for reflection and hope that one last trot onto the field can lead to one more victory in front of the home crowd. For me, it doesn’t even require a particularly good team or season to hold my attention intently. Continue reading
Every once in a while I get some research suggestions from fellow Cyclone fans that know I am just dumb enough to actually do the research while still being smart enough for the information to be accurate, supposedly.
This happened again on Saturday as Iowa State lost its lead over Oklahoma before the game got U-G-L-Y. The topic came from @alarsonisu and he suggested I research how often Iowa State has given up a late touchdown at the end of the first half and how that compares to the rest of the teams in the NCAA. Continue reading
Welcome to the second round of the 1986 NCAA tournament at the Metrodome in Minneapolis (side note, ISU is 4-0 all time in the Metrodome in the NCAA tournament, 1986 and 2000). The seventh seeded Cyclones got past Miami (OH) and Ron Harper two days ago when Jeff Hornacek broke a tie at the buzzer with a 19 foot jumper from the left wing off of the side in bounds pass. The second seeded Michigan Wolverines are led by Roy Tarpley but it doesn’t stop there for the powerful squad.
Stay tuned for this contest and to see who will travel to the Sweet 16 at Kemper Arena in Kansas City… Continue reading
It has been a large part of the Cyclone basketball identity since Fred Hoiberg returned to Ames and took over the program as the head coach. The long ball.
As TJ Otzelberger would point out last year; three is more than two. Seems simple but the benefit of making three pointers is huge not only terms of scoring but in terms of the spacing it creates and the pressure it puts on opposing defenses. If a team shoots 33% from three point land that is the equivalent of shooting 50% from inside the arc, that is the start of the beneficial math. Continue reading
The schedule for the upcoming men’s basketball season has been noteworthy and a talking point since it came out earlier this year and there are two primary reasons for that. The first being the collection of great teams that the Cyclones will be playing, but specifically at home.
As of right now, the Cyclone schedule has four ranked opponents on the slate and all four of them will be trekking to Ames. Kansas at #5, Michigan at #7, Oklahoma State at #8, and Baylor at #25 while the Hawkeyes are lurking four spots out of the top 25. Should Iowa not be ranked when the two teams clash and the other teams listed above stay in the polls then Iowa State will play seven ranked opponents and four of them in Ames. Of course, I needed to find out how this compared historically. Continue reading