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.
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.