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.
A little bit about me....
I've been Sports Director at News/Talk 1430 KASI since December 2005. I graduated from Iowa State just a few months before that. My career has also taken me to such exotic locals as Estherville, and Storm Lake, Iowa, Owatonna, Minnesota, and Silver City, New Mexico (long story-don't ask). I've also had the pleasure of working part-time at WOI Radio in Ames and WHO Radio in Des Moines while I was a student.
I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.