Iowa State isn’t supposed to be tough inside. They’re not supposed to be able to bang with of beefy forwards like Jonathon Holmes or Cameron Ridley. Right? Wrong. At least that was the case last night. Look what the Cyclones did to Texas’ big men:
Holmes: 4-10 FG
Ridley: 0-4 FG
Points in the paint:
Pretty impressive. Okay, the Cyclones weren’t perfect in the post. They got outrebounded by nine and were outscored on second-chance points 20-9. So they’re still a work in progress. However, it’s clear ISU learned their lesson from the West Virginia game and brought it on the defensive end. The Cyclones also defended the backcourt well, holding Javan Felix to 6-22 shooting and Isaiah Taylor to 8-20 (10 of Taylor’s 26 points came at the free-throw line). If that kind of defensive effort keeps up, Iowa State will be primed to make a deep run in the tournament. Dare to dream.