“Let’s go again!” Isn’t that the reaction we all had as kids when we found a fun ride at the amusement park or state fair? Iowa State fans were a lot like that this basketball season. Like any roller coaster, the season had its ups and downs. A 14-game winning streak to start the season that including thrilling wins against Michigan, BYU, Iowa and Northern Iowa, the loss of iconic coach Johnny Orr, a rout of then-7th-ranked Baylor, losing three of four (including 2 losses to hated Kansas), the triple-overtime win at Oklahoma State followed by Melvin Ejim’s 48-point explosion against TCU, losing by 25 at West Virginia and another overtime win against the Cowboys (this time at Hilton) to close out the regular season. That alone is enough to give you whiplash. But the real fun was yet to come. There was a time when the Big Eight (and the early days of the Big 12) tournament was known as “Hilton South”. Those days seemed like a long time ago, until the Cyclones slayed the Jayhawk giant in Kansas City and went on to capture their first conference crown since 2000. The roller coaster wasn’t done yet, though. ISU’s first round NCAA tournament win was a rout but the Cyclones also lost stalwart Georges Niang to a broken foot. The Cyclones had enough to get past North Carolina, thanks almost entirely to DeAndre Kane’s will to win. Unfortunately, the Iowa State ride came to end to Final Four-bound UCONN in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Here’s to the 2013-2014 Cyclones. What a ride it was. I can’t wait to go again.
Posted March 31st, 2014 @ 3:58pm