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Mauled in Morgantown

 
Mauled in Morgantown

Yeah, that was a rough outing for the Iowa State men’s basketball team last night at West Virginia. The Cyclones got walloped by a decent, though not great, team. It’s not terribly surprising that a team would come out and lay at least one big, stinking, rotten egg of a game during the season. What is surprising is the lack of effort ISU demonstrated, especially on the defensive. Maybe we should have seen this coming, though. Lost in the hoopla surrounding Melvin Ejim’s 48-point outburst against TCU Saturday was the fact that the Horned Frogs hung around much longer than what the Cyclones should have allowed. Fred Hoiberg half-joked about needing all of Ejim’s points because his team wasn’t getting back to defend. He’s probably not joking today. ISU has done a better job of defending than basic stats reveal, mostly because their points per game allowed stat is artificially high due to their fast pace, which allows opponents more opportunities to score. The Cyclones’ focus has been on taking away three-pointers and close-range twos, the most efficient ways to score in basketball (minus free throws). Those will be the things to watch when the Cyclones return to the court Saturday when they host Texas Tech.

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