Let me just lead off with how glad I am to not be talking about a seven game losing streak in the Big 12 tournament. That got ditched last year, finally, in a win over Oklahoma thanks to Will Clyburn’s second half heroics. ISU was also in the 4/5 game but this year they are the 4 seed squaring off with Kansas State.
Again ISU will be facing a team that they lost to on the road within two weeks prior to the Big 12 tournament. That should help at least a little bit with the mental preparation and approach for the Cyclones. The rematch report from the first meeting in Ames is below and on the left while the recent ISU loss in Manhattan is on the right. Continue reading
Yeah, so maybe I invented a new use for the word “fulcrum” but sometimes coming up with titles is the hardest part of what I do. And let’s be honest, if you came here for witty titles that’s your problem. Plus, I think what I’m getting fits pretty well with that whole concept.
It is something I look at when I preview the next opponent for ISU, at what point does there offensive scoring assure them a win or a loss and the same deal for the defense. Kind of a rough break even point. This gets done frequently with raw points scored in a game but doing it on a per possession basis should give a more accurate picture. Continue reading
When the Cyclone basketball schedule came out this was one of the dates circled for ISU home games. The Cowboys were voted by many to threaten and possibly dethrone Kansas from atop the Big12 standings and we all assumed it would be a good place for Iowa State to score a big victory and help with getting into the NCAA tournament. However, as my pal Brent Blum says, “basketball happened.”
The Cyclones raced out to a very much unforeseen 14-0 start and a top ten ranking in all of college basketball. Led by the emergence of DeAndre Kane and the returning nucleus of Georges Niang and Melvin Ejim the Cyclones have been ranked since the third week of the season (November 18th) thanks to an early win over Michigan. Continue reading
I love senior day. If you’ve read much of my meanderings before you probably already knew that. Senior day is approaching for this basketball season which is crazy, because not only has this season flown by but the four years of Melvin Ejim trotting into Hilton Coliseum has flashed before my eyes. I can hardly remember him as a freshman.
Senior day is a funny thing; loaded with emotion that can fuel great upsets and fantastic wins or cause jitters and tight play that could lead to a loss. This is an important game for Iowa State just for the sake of snapping the two game losing skid and trying to get things back on track before the conference tournament and the Big Dance. The players and coaches likely know already, but this is still a very good team and losses in Manhattan and Waco in a span of four days doesn’t change that. Continue reading
If you’re concerned with seeding for the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City next week, this game with Baylor is extremely pivotal for the Cyclones to get to the #3 seed. I of course, am one of those keeping an eye on it but the more I think about it (or perhaps talk myself out of its importance while ISU is ever so slightly and slowly slipping down the standings) the less I think it matters.
That is due to matchups. Even if ISU gets a #3 in KC their most probable opponent will be Oklahoma State. That is no walk in the park. Especially when you figure they will have gotten the #3 by beating OSU five days prior and then have to beat them a third time. But, I detailed most of that here. Continue reading
This is going to be decidedly quick and to the point to shoot down a traditional stat that means next to nothing yet gets quoted and passed around as if it has some bit of importance attached to it. Bench scoring. Whether or not you care about this game by game stat or not it is bound to be quoted and it is bound to be used in an argument as if it actually matters. I like debunking dumb things so, proceed.
Any discussion about the Big 12 race must always start with mred’s bracket generator which can be found here: http://bball.notnothing.net/big12.php?sport=mbb. On his site you can plug in every conceivable result and have the seeding for Kansas City automatically generated. It. Is. Awesome. Even now with just ten league games remaining it is extremely useful.
First, Iowa State’s loss yesterday wasn’t a big deal in terms of expectations but a win would have gone a very long way in securing the 2nd or 3rd seed in Kansas City, almost guaranteed. But, like the game in Ames they had a couple of bad lulls, it just so happened that they weren’t lulls that gave up leads they were lulls that allowed the Wildcats to pull away. They had time to make up for the first half lull but the time was too short to do so at the end of the game after Monte Morris tied it up with a three ball. Continue reading
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Kansas State is not ranked. But if you ask me, should the Cyclones come away with a win in Manhattan it may be the most impressive win of the year. Right now that label likely goes to a win over Michigan or Iowa or Texas at home or at Oklahoma State. But playing a team that has been in and out of the rankings all year that is undefeated in their “Octagon of Doom” is a very tall task.
Saturday is a pivotal day in sorting out the 2-5 spots in the Big 12 Standings with ISU and KSU clashing while Texas plays at Oklahoma. The results on Saturday will go a long way to deciding how the race shakes out in a week and a half. Continue reading
I have been doing this for a couple of years but kind of fell asleep on it this season. I always find it interesting to look at each team’s four factors during conference play and then split them by home and away games. It took a while this year but I finally got around to it. After splitting them to home and away you can then look at the margins to see which teams are affected the most and where exactly that happens.
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Revenge is the theme of the past few days as a lot of talk has been made about the shellacking the Cyclones received in Morgantown just over two weeks ago. At the time the Cyclones were #11 in the country and riding pretty high. Most everything went wrong out there though as Iowa State was beat convincingly by 25. It brings to light one difference with this season versus the past two in Ames.
This year’s team has been ranked ever since beating Michigan in November and when coupled with the 14-0 start has had not only a target on their back but every road trip they make is an opportunity for the opposing team to notch a resume boosting victory. That is something that Kansas and other blue bloods deal with every year but it is pretty rare for an ISU team. Winning on the road is already tough, but getting an almost guaranteed good shot from the opponent exacerbates that even further. (That makes the Kansas program and their accomplishments more remarkable, when you think about it.)