Cyclones’ league ledger is slightly better than a year ago

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The Iowa State men’s basketball team is a win ahead of last year’s pace as it relates to Big 12 results.

 How so?

 A year ago, the Cyclones lost at Oklahoma, at Texas and vs. Kansas at home. ISU also beat Baylor in Ames.

 Those results have been duplicated this season.

 Iowa State’s biggest stumble in conference play last year was a loss at Texas Tech. The Cyclones beat Texas Tech on Jan. 4 in Lubbock.

 That win over the Red Raiders has Iowa State a game ahead of last year’s pace.

 There’s no doubt that Iowa State has to shore up a few things in its play. Coach Fred Hoiberg said as much Monday and suggested much of this week will be spent fine-tuning his team.

 The Cyclones’ 14-game winning streak to open the season set several program records and put ISU is a great position. A three-game losing streak isn’t cause for panic.

 It may not seem like it, but Iowa State is actually a game improved from last year’s first-division conference finish.

 The Cyclones rebounded from their surprising loss at Tech a year ago with a home court win against K-State, the eventual co-champions of the Big 12. The opportunity to bounce back presents itself again Saturday with the Wildcats visiting Ames.

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